Bamboo for a Plastic Free July
18th July 2018
The Plastic Free July has grown from a handful of environmentalists in Australia, to a full fledged global movement with millions of participants across hundreds of countriess. While in itself the movement raises direct awareness of the devastating and increasing effects of single use plastics on our planet, by default it is also serving to raise significant awareness on the potential of bamboo. Why? Because bamboo can replace a number of the items we rely on every day, and therefore provide some "quick wins" for individuals and businesses to reduce their plastic footprints.
When EcoPlanet Bamboo launched in 2010 our focus was very much on providing a sustainable and certified alternative fiber for the four major industries that consume the majority of the world's wood and fiber - pulp and paper, textiles, engineered timber and bioenergy. That mission remains the same, however along the way we've discovered the immense potential for bamboo to replace plastic. The below are just four ways in whch sustainably grown and managed bamboo can be manufactured into green products:
Bamboo straws - with more than a billion straws used around the planet every single day, bamboo straws are an easy way to reduce single use plastics;
Bamboo charcoal water filters - single use water bottles are one of the most abundant sources of plastic pollution on our planet. Using proven all natural water filters in re-usable water bottles can greatly reduce the number of plastic bottles we use over time;
Bamboo toothbrushes - more than 850 million plastic toothbrushes thrown away in the United States every year; replacing these with bamboo alternatives that are fully biodegradeable and compostable can prevent 50 million pounds of trash from entering our environment every year;
Bamboo packaging - coming soon from our bamboo plantations and smallholder operations! Bamboo pulp manufactured under a closed loop biorefinery system to produce bamboo moulded pulp packaging - a compostable, all natural alternative to single use plastic utilized for food packaging.
With this movement growing in momentum, the potential for bamboo to provide a sustainable solution, while contributing to the restoration of degraded lands is indeed immense!