Bamboo wireless keyboard and mouse, by Impecca

Bamboo is one of the world’s most fastest-growing plants, and is able to reach maturity in about four years, compared to 25 to 70 years for commercial tree species. Bamboo also produces up to 35% more oxygen than trees.

Bamboo products are not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative! The many uses of bamboo are increasing as people worldwide turn to organic, sustainable products.

Bamboo toothbrushes

• Brush with Bamboo was the first company to manufacture bamboo toothbrushes in 2011. Before carving, their bamboo is boiled in water and dried in a heated oven. The oven is powered by waste from the bamboo carving process, which is a sustainable cycle! The entire process is chemical-free.

Other companies have followed and there are now many brands, often providing Activated Charcoal brushes too.

Switching to bamboo toothbrushes would eliminate the 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are dumped every year worldwide. 

Dental clinics are also increasingly recommending bamboo toothbrushes to their patients, both for environmental reasons to avoid the spread of microplastics in the mouth.

Bamboo Dental Floss

Oral hygiene requires both brushing and interdental cleaning. The area between teeth and gums accounts for 35% of plaque concentration. Only flossing can remove plaque from those areas. However, most regular floss is made from nylon, which eventually ends up in microplastics in your mouth.

Conventional flosses also contain harmful chemicals like fluorine. The plastic thread and the wax coating may usually contain PFCs (the PolyFluorinated Chemicals used in non-stick pans), phthalates and BPA. The flavors used in conventional flosses may also contain toxic additives.

Bamboo dental flosses are free of all that, and are also free of the harmful wax which is used in nylon flosses. Most bamboo flosses contain activated charcoal instead.


Bamboo Plates and Cutlery

In Instagram surveys, most respondents said that, given the choice between two restaurants, they would choose the one with environmentally friendly utensils and straws.

Bamboo Cotton Swabs

Among the consumables that have a disatrous impact on the environment are cotton swabs. Here also, Bamboo is an obvious sustainable alternative to plastics.

Bamboo Toilet Paper

We reviewed those here.

Bamboo Clothing

Cotton is just 3% of the world crop, but uses 30% of the world’s pesticides. There are obviously better solutions, such as bamboo fiber clothing.

Onno is one of the pioneer brands that provides bamboo fiber t-shirts with 70% viscose from organic bamboo and 30% organic cotton. Onno makes t-shirts from bamboo, hemp, pima and organic cotton, produced in small, family-owned production environments.

Inflation is another brand that specializes in formal shirts in bamboo fiber.

Bamboo Pillows

Many brands make pillows out of a certain proportion of Bamboo viscose, which is a healthier alternative to the synthetic foams that are usually full of ozone depleters, PBDE flame retardants, VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and other chemicals.

Bamboo Charcoal Bags

• To control humidity – Instead of using chemical humidity absorbers, use a bamboo charcoal bag where you want to control humidity.

• For Air purification – Bamboo charcoal is especially useful for absorbing formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene in the air when there is painting done or when other pollutants are kept indoors. It also absorbs carbonic oxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, benzopyrene, nicotine, tar etc are found in smog.

• As Deodorizer – Bamboo charcoal can absorb odors. You can put a couple of small bags in the fridge and it worked better than even baking soda at keeping our fridge smelling good. It can also be used in the bathroom.

Bamboo Charcoal Water Filters

• To purify drinking water – Drop a small piece into a pitcher. Bamboo charcoal also absorbs 2,4-dichloro-hydroxybenzene, a major harmful pollutant in drinking water. Bamboo charcoal also eliminates harmful substances such as chlorine.

Bamboo Small Homes

Ibuku is a Bali-based company that builds Bamboo homes. Among other innovations, Ibuku’s bamboo is treated with a boron solution, a naturally occurring salt solution that renders the bamboo indigestible to insects, thus avoiding the need for chemical treatments.

Apart from their fancier designs, Ibuku especially designed cheap small homes that could replace slum housing worldwide, at a very affordable cost.