Let's Talk About Plastic!
If you want to do your bit to improve the environment, it's actually easier than you think. Just by making a few simple changes around your home, you can make a huge difference.
Let's take plastic, for example. By choosing products made using alternative materials - such as bamboo - you can help reduce pollution and landfill, decrease our reliance on oil and other synthetics, and improve your health.
Did you know the first fully synthetic plastic was invented in 1907 - by accident? Whatever he was actually trying to do, Leo Hendrik Baekeland came up with a material that changed the world.
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Cheap, versatile and non-flammable, plastic offered thousands of uses, from bottles and storage containers to furniture and even grass. We embraced it with enthusiasm, not really understanding the long-term consequences.
The results of the first global analysis of all the plastic ever made have just been released. And of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced, 6.3 billion metric tons go to landfill. Of that, just nine per cent is recycled.
Add to that the fact that plastic takes more than 400 years to degrade, and it's easy to see why change is desperately needed.
Bamboo is a great alternative. Of course, the idea is not new. Many civilisations have used bamboo for centuries. From weapons and tools to clothing and food, it has been a staple for eastern cultures.
The western world may have been a little slower to catch on but, thankfully, bamboo products are now available and affordable. Here are some items you could easily integrate into your home.
Bamboo Clothing and Bedding
Pioneered in China, the use of bamboo fibre for clothing and bedding was a breakthrough. Socks, jocks, pants, tops, sheets, blankets, pillows . . . you name it, you can buy it. And the environment isn't the only one to benefit!
Bamboo fabric is naturally anti-bacterial (to keep you smelling sweet), highly absorbent, insulating, very soft, and hypoallergenic. It offers natural UV protection and is the most eco friendly fabric on the planet.
In The Kitchen
You can not only build your kitchen using bamboo (bench tops, cupboards), but also choose bamboo cooking utensils and other items. Chopping boards, cutlery, bowls, cooking utensils, brushes, storage solutions, even travel mugs.
Being anti-bacterial, bamboo is ideal for baby bowls and cutlery, and better for the whole family's health. We now know that using plastic cups, bowls, cutlery and drink bottles can expose us to some nasty toxins.
In The Bathroom
Throw out the plastic and replace it with beautiful bamboo bathroom products. From soap dishes and toothbrushes, to towels and bath mats, there are natural bamboo alternatives. Again, these products are naturally anti-bacterial, don't contain toxins, and are sustainable, making them an excellent choice for your family and the planet.
Around The Home
Did you know that bamboo is a natural amplifier? If you like using your smart phone to play music, you need a BambooFon Energy Free Sound System. This amazing, sustainable product is small and light. But sit your phone in it and hit play, and you'll be impressed by the sound quality.
From mobile phone cases and flash drives to glasses and combs, there are hundreds of items around the home that can be replaced by bamboo. Start with one or two and you'll be hooked - helping yourself, and the environment.