In this day and age, it’s more important than ever to be making choices that are environmentally conscious. This isn’t just the case with our more significant decisions — the ones that involve a major lifestyle change or a large financial expense. We need to consider the environmental impact of all our small, daily choices. As it stands, we are producing 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, with only 9% of this mass being recycled or renewed. That means that a shocking 91% of the plastics we discard are only ever used once. These single-use plastics end up in our landfills and waterways, contributing to environmental havoc. If we all decided to opt for eco-friendly and reusable products rather than plastic, we could make a significant difference in minimising the amount of harmful waste we produce.
When it comes to sourcing and buying eco-friendly products, bamboo is an excellent option. There are several reasons why this material is a great alternative to plastic.
The fact that bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world makes it highly sustainable. While most trees can take over 30 years to grow to full size, bamboo only needs 3–4 months. Under the right conditions, it can even grow 3 feet tall in just 24 hours.
Another remarkable trait of bamboo lies in its unusual root system. Harvested bamboo regrows naturally from its own root system, meaning there’s no need to replant it after harvesting is complete. When replanting becomes unnecessary, we experience the benefits associated with zero excess tilling and soil erosion. These benefits include soil conservation, which leads directly to the stabilisation and restoration of the land, and furthermore to the prevention of landslides.
Bamboo also doesn’t require the use of pesticides or chemicals, meaning that it can be cultivated without putting any harmful substances into the natural environment.
While bamboo feels light, it actually has impressive strength and durability. Recently, it’s even been used to build homes, receiving the title of ‘green steel’ within the construction industry. Bamboo’s extended lifespan and robustness mean that products made from this plant can be used over and over.
Additionally, bamboo fibres are naturally antibacterial and don’t require any chemical treatment to deter the growth of bacteria and microbes. These features make bamboo the perfect material for reusable products, particularly reusable cleaning products.
Considering the points we’ve covered so far, the idea that bamboo is good for the environment might sound a bit obvious. However, this miraculous plant is not just sustainable and ideal for making reusable products — it is actually actively good for the environment. A bamboo plant produces 35% more oxygen than a tree of equivalent mass, and absorbs twice as much carbon dioxide as trees in general. As a carbon sink, bamboo can actually absorb up to 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year.
If you’re interested in bamboo reusable products, you’re in luck, because there are a bunch of fantastic bamboo items available to make your life easier, here at IOco Gift Designers. We love bamboo and want you to be able to use this awesome eco-friendly alternative in everything you do, from work to social outings.
Why not start your bamboo journey with our Bamboo Cutlery Sets, Bamboo Straws, Reusable Smoothie Travel Cup with Bamboo Lid, or our Glass Water Bottle with Bamboo Lid? These practical and convenient items are designed for daily use, so they are super durable and easy to clean. Coming in an array of fun colours, they are also designed to look stylish and appeal to various tastes.
If you’re all set for travel gear and everyday necessities, we also have Bamboo Toaster Tongs and Bamboo Puzzle Plates with Wine Glass holders for around the home and kitchen. We even have a range of reusable bamboo products made specifically for skincare and beauty. These include the Bamboo Cotton Reusable Face Wipes and Bamboo Beauty Buds, which both come in reusable containers for easy storage. Both of these items function to replace products that are usually thrown out after a single use.
At IOco Gift Designers, we are committed to providing our customers with lots of eco-friendly and sustainable options. We want our bamboo products to be as stylish, functional and convenient as any non-recyclable item, without compromising on affordability. Happily, we have achieved this goal with a range of amazing products, as well as Eco Gift Packs and Eco Travel Packs to give you the option of buying a few matching reusable items for a friend (or yourself!). Shop our range of eco-friendly products today and take a step towards a sustainable, bamboo-powered life!