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Why using bamboo products can help reduce your environmental footprint

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Assorted bamboo- based products

Bamboo is an up-and-coming material that boasts fibres increasingly used as an alternative to cotton, wood, and plastic products. A reason for this is due to bamboo's sustainable properties - meaning incorporating products with bamboo can reduce environmental footprint.

Read on as bamboo bioproducts details 5 bamboo products you can buy instead of your traditional plastic, cotton, and wood-based products.

5 bamboo products to help you reduce your environmental footprint

  • Furniture: Bamboo is a fantastic material for making furniture. Bamboo is flexible, but also super strong. This is why it is also used to make fencing, flooring, home decor items, and furniture. It’s also important to note that bamboo is durable and bamboo furniture usually lasts for many years when cared for properly.

  • Straws: Bamboo straws can be biodegradable and this alone makes bamboo a more sustainable option in place of plastic. Plastic straws are detrimental to ocean life and never fully decompose, whereas bamboo straws not only can decompose but also can provide nutrients back into the environment during the decomposition process. You can swap a lot of your day-to-day kitchen products for bamboo alternatives. This includes bowls, plates, utensils, cutting boards, and more.

  • Tissue and Hygiene Products: Strong global demand for an alternative to traditional tree-based fibres has produced a growing need for a bamboo sector within wood-based product industries. Bamboo is one of the most sustainable and renewable resources known on the planet. The physical and chemical characteristics of bamboo fibres allow for them to be used for a much wider variety of tissue and paper products than most other non-wood pulps. Bamboo products provide superior absorbency, softness and more. Its unique values and properties make it particularly good for single-use hygiene products such as nappies and wipes that create large quantities of daily waste. Suppliers that therefore incorporate bamboo in their tissue and hygiene products help drive a sustainable change at scale for long-term impact - as well as a greener alternative for their consumers. Bamboo bioproducts intends to meet this industry demand. Consequently, our bamboo pulp will be sold to multi-national corporations that produce consumer tissue and personal hygiene products.

  • Bed sheets: Bamboo bed sheets provide an antimicrobial, soft, cool alternative to cotton. Although high-thread-count cotton is typically breathable, bamboo sheets offer similar breathability without increasing price.

  • Dental floss: Bamboo is compostable, whereas traditional interdental floss, as well as floss picks, can spend years “decomposing” into smaller pieces in landfills and waterways. Because of bamboo’s tensile strength, using this fibre in floss and dental products provides a great cost/benefit ratio to both consumers and the environment.

Ultimately, bamboo is durable, its fibres yield soft yet strong fabrics - and it can be used to replace common household items, build durable structures, and provide sustainable alternatives to plastic, cotton, and wood products. At Bamboo Bioproducts, we don’t stop there. We also use bamboo as a pathway for job creation, empowering women, and community development in Jamaica.

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