Biodegradable bamboo toothbrush with charcoal bristles

eco-friendly packing without plastic - sustainable bamboo - natural cleaning properties

Biodegradable bamboo toothbrush with charcoal-infused bristles to help eliminate bad breath and reduce stains. We use 100% recycled packing and labels made in the USA.

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Why is bamboo eco-friendly?

  • It is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers (naturally organic).
  • It requires no irrigation.
  • It grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years.
  • It produces 35% more oxygen that an equivalent stand of trees
  • It sequesters carbon dioxide and is carbon neutral
  • It is a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
  • It is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor.
  • It grows in a wide range of environments.
  • It’s production into fibres has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre, especially synthetic ones.

Renewable

Bamboo is a grass and has been measured growing as fast as one metre (39 inches) in one day! As it grows so fast bamboo groves are easily replaced and as such, bamboo is a very renewable material. Using it therefore doesn’t contribute to deforestation. In fact it can be grown in areas (such as hillsides) where other crops cannot be grown and harvesting it can be done by cutting with no damage to the surrounding environment.

Fighting climate change

Bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide per hectare than equivalent trees.

A naturally organic product

Most bamboo grows well without the use of pesticides or fertilizers and so growing it doesn’t contribute to these chemicals entering groundwater. Of course, it is also biodegradable.

Stronger than steel

Bamboo grows in a hollow structure which is structurally very efficient and is used all over the world for building and scaffolding. Bamboo’s strength-to-weight ratio (and its simple tensile strength) is better than that of mild steel. In other words, it is stronger than steel. Amazing. So for a structural application, you need less, which is always better for the environment. It’s perhaps no surprise that cutting through bamboo is a traditional test for Japanese Samurai swords: click to see video clip.

The science behind it

Bamboo is a naturally occurring composite material which grows abundantly in most of the part of the world. It is treated as a composite material because it has cellulose fibers imbedded in a lignin matrix. As a cheap and fast-grown resource, with superior physical and mechanical properties, bamboo offers great potential as an alternative to wood. Bamboo can widely substitute not only wood, but also the plastics & other materials in structural and product applications through improvements in processing technologies, product innovation with the application of scientific and engineering skills. Bamboo based industry has vast potential for generating income and employment, especially in the rural areas. A number of agencies are already working towards promoting the usage of bamboo into value-added products. The paper brings out technology overview of the products and associated business opportunities with a focus on sustainable development. Applications have been outlined, briefing the chemical and mechanical characteristics of different species of bamboo. A number of government initiatives have been highlighted with their contribution in bamboo promotion and hence the sustainable development.

If you are interested in learning more, you can find a lot information online but here are a few I think are an interesting start for your research:

Why you should stop using plastic, by WWF

Why you should stop using plastic, by National geographic

Harvard Business review

Asia-Pacific Journal

WWF

Cambridge core journal

National geographic blog

National geographic blog