Bamboo is certainly a miracle that has offered us a chance to set things right and reduce the damage we’ve already done to our environment. The versatile tree-like grass has allowed us to find alternatives to everyday items that we could never have thought of before. From toilet paper to toothbrushes to even garbage bags, here are the top 10 amazing bamboo products for your home.
Bamboo Toilet Paper
This is certainly no secret, alternative toilet paper has grown ever popular in the past few years. With increasing awareness, customers are actively looking for eco friendly toilet paper both online and in grocery stores. Bamboo is a great alternative for paper, as it offers the same pulp properties and can be similarly used as a toilet paper substitute. If you want to know more about bamboo toilet paper, check out my post on eco friendly toilet papers
Think your toothbrush can’t be environmentally friendly? Think again! One of the recent popular items in the market is a revolutionary toothbrush with a simple trait; a grip made from bamboo. Every year, we use at least 3-4 different toothbrushes (as per ADA guidelines), and the ones used up are wasted in the landfills. Since they’re made from non-recyclable plastic, these toothbrushes exponentially add up when considering the almost half a billion population in the US alone.
Bamboo toothbrushes may be something you wouldn’t call “mindblowing” at first sight, but considering the amount of plastic it can potentially reduce in landfills and the oceans, I can definitely say that it is one of the most amazing bamboo products for your home. Oh, and did I mention that the grip is fully compostable? (Find out more about why you should switch to a bamboo toothbrush)
If you’re susceptible to allergies, then this amazing bamboo product is surely for you. One of the many great features of bamboo is that it is hypoallergenic, meaning it’s highly unlikely to cause any allergic reaction. Pillows are often stuffed with industry-grade materials such as latex, cotton, and memory foam. People often become allergic to the stuffing itself or the chemicals used to increase the shelf life of the stuffing.
Thankfully, bamboo pillows aren’t fused with harmful chemicals, and their sterile properties allow them to be safe to use for anyone with potential allergies to traditional pillows. On top of that, bamboo pillowcases are also a mixture of bamboo and polyester, which act as a great substitute for cotton which is traditionally mixed while making pillowcases.
If we’re talking about pillows, why leave out the bedsheets? Pillow bedsheets are a great addition to your bedroom, offering the same comfort as with your regular polyester or cotton without the risk of developing an allergy. However, since they are a relatively newer concept, these bamboo products aren’t exactly economical. Hopefully though, with time and increasing popularity, manufacturers will be able to reduce cost and offer customers better prices.
Did you ever realize that the utensils you’re using are made from a material that is technically a scarce resource? Metal, especially silverware, is a scarce resource that requires extraction from mines and a complete refining process before it can be used to make utensils and cutlery.
This may often involve the creation of alloys that release harmful toxins during the process. Similar is the case with plastic utensils, which are even more dangerous since plastic is made from petroleum and in many cases is non-recyclable!
Enter, bamboo utensils. These amazing bamboo products look great in the kitchen giving it a more vintage look, and work great while cooking, baking, or even mixing. Bamboo is a strong material and the utensils made from bamboo are no exception. Apart from saving a scarce resource, bamboo utensils also don’t pose a threat of releasing toxic chemicals while exposed to high heat, unlike plastic, making them one of the must-have bamboo products at your home.
Bamboo Coffee Cup
Getting up every morning and stopping by at your nearest Starbucks before while going to the office for a quick cup of coffee is quite convenient, isn’t it? But have you thought about the moment when you throw away that to-go cup in the trash every day; the amount of paper and plastic you just wasted every year just from coffee? Sure, you could make coffee at home, but that would mean you’ll probably late, either because the coffee needs time to brew or you can’t finish it on time.
So what do you do? Stop drinking coffee??! Nope, get yourself a reusable coffee cup! Bamboo coffee cups can be easily washed and reused multiple times, and once you’re done with them they can always go into your compost heap and help your garden grow. All you need to do is simply ask your local coffee shop to fill the coffee in your reusable cup and you’re good to go!
Diapers are pretty much useless when used up, and they have nowhere else to go but the trash. Imagine the amount of cotton and polyester (a non-biodegradable material) that gets wasted in the landfills every day (If you’re a mother, you know how many times a day you have to change your baby’s diaper!).
Bamboos create an incredibly soft, sterile fabric that helps fight bacteria and fungus. When manufactured as a diaper, this bamboo product helps keep your baby’s bottom fresh and free from rashes, while reducing the need for polyester as well so your local landfill doesn’t need to deal with as much non-biodegradable waste. One downside? They’re a bit expensive, but still affordable enough for the average mom.
There are about a million plastic bottles being used every minute, which add up to over 1.4 billion plastic bottles being used every single day around the globe. Imagine the amount of non-biodegradable waste being dumped on land and the oceans every day when only single-use bottles amount to over a billion. We have a huge plastic problem, and the only way to move forward is to find a sustainable alternative.
Bamboo bottles are a potential solution that can help reduce millions of kilos of plastic bottles being thrown away every year. The biodegradable nature of bamboo helps resolve the biggest issue we face with plastic bottles, whether they be reusable or single-use. Although they may not be able to solve the plastic bottle problem entirely, this bamboo product may help reduce a considerable chunk that may otherwise end up polluting the planet. Not to mention being incredibly strong and sterile, these bamboo bottles are going to last way longer than your average plastic bottle and are surely worth the investment!
You literally can’t find an everyday item that bamboo wouldn’t be able to replace; bamboo combs aren’t just eco friendly, but they also reduce the static that may cause hair to break or frizz as compared to plastic combs. Bamboo combs also last longer, as their teeth are much stronger than your average plastic comb. Besides, having a bamboo comb on your bedroom table is much cooler than a boring, dull plastic one.
Bamboo house plant
What’s a more amazing bamboo product than an actual bamboo tree growing in your home. One cool thing about bamboo is that it has several varieties, some of which are suitable for growing in your home. They’re fast-growing, easy to maintain, and can withstand most climates. Having a bamboo houseplant in your living room is sure to turn some heads when you invite guests over for lunch or dinner!
Having bamboo products at home is an economical, easy way to become more environmentally friendly. Being strong, versatile, and safe to use, there’s no reason for anyone to not switch to a more sustainable lifestyle, so that we may reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the damage we’re causing to this planet in hope for a better future for our upcoming generations.