Our love of plastic for convenient packaging and for providing cheap alternatives to wood, stone and metal has reached a pinnacle. Single use plastic is so common place, where recyclable and compostable used to be the norm.
Plastic for profits
It does help retailers keep produce clean and protected, raising profits, but at what cost to our planet?
Pictures of the amount of waste we produce as a species is shocking. We are literally choking rivers and littering beaches. Sealife is suffering and the landfills are filling up with single use plastic.
Scientists warn we are rapidly approaching an extinction event.and unless we do something, we will be in trouble.
There are quite a lot of alternatives to plastic including metal, paper, banana leaves, wheat and rice. All offer biodegradable or recyclable solutions to plastic.
We like bamboo, a lot.
How does bamboo help the environment?
Bamboo products are re-usable, compostable/biodegradable, strong, cleanable and lightweight.
Used in Asia for centuries, we are now seeing the many applications of bamboo and how it might just help us to give up plastic and still enjoy our comfort and convenience. Image: bamboo scaffolding is still used in Asia
- Fast growing
- Doesn't need a lot of water
- Outputs a lot of oxygen
- It's prolific
- Doesn't need pesticides
- Doesn't need fertiliser
- Strong and durable - it can have a higher tensile stress than steel, and the compressive, bending and shearing strength of bamboo is roughly two to four times the value of most timber species
- Can grow anywhere
- It's lucky!
Just say no! To single-use plastic
Plastics pervade every part of our lives, giving it up is going to take some serious intention and what could be any better incentive than our planet's health?
One piece at a time
So give our products a try, they make perfect gifts for friends and family, we love them all and are certain you will too.
Remember to "reduce, reuse, recycle" and if you can't do any of those, buy bamboo.