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Plastic is everywhere. Globally, 300 million tons of plastics are produced every year. Of the millions of tones, only 18% is recyclable, 24% is incinerated and the remaining 58% either ends up in the landfills or in our natural environment posing serious threats to our ecological and social wellbeing. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, a plastic straw takes around 200 years to degrade. While plastic bottles and cups take 450 years to decompose.

Plastic pollution not only destroys our waterways, but it has also been proven to contribute to climate change. It’s projected that by 2050, global plastic production could account for the release of 2.75 billion metric tons of Carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. So why do we keep using products that are clearly destroying our planet?  

Can other products, like bamboo, substitute for plastic?

Could bamboo be a viable alternative to synthetic plastics?

Plastic is used in so many products because of its versatile characteristics but what many of us don’t know is the long term damage it will do to us and our environment. There are other viable alternatives to plastic but most of us aren’t aware. One such material is bamboo, which is one of the fastest-growing plants and is abundantly available throughout the world. It can grow as high as 36 inches within a 24 hour period. Bamboo is known for its tensil strength and resilience. It is durable, and dense yet flexible and elastic.

Plastic is used in so many products because of its versatile characteristics but what many of us don’t know is the long term damage it will do to us and our environment.

In its natural environment, bamboo takes between 2 to 6 years to maturity. The high mechanical strength of the bamboo fibers is comparable to glass fibers and its heat resistant trait makes it suitable for construction and packaging. It is versatile and has multiple applications and uses including housewares (plates, utensils, cups), containers, accessories, jewellery, hardwoods, home décor, toothbrush, bottles, ornamental plant, toilet paper, fabric, bedding, clothing and many more.

With its ecofriendly properties, bamboo, as an organic product, is the ideal substitute for many of the plastic products that we use every day.

Bamboo Taking Over the Markets

With increased awareness about the damaging impact of plastics, many are changing their buying habits and making more greener and cleaner choices. Some environmentally conscious and ethically responsible companies in various industries like hospitality and retail, are now introducing bamboo based products as substitutes for plastics. Also, with the proliferation of bamboo based products at the store level, consumers are given a wider selection of eco-friendly products to choose from and many are making the right choices.


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Bamboo as a Renewable Resource

Bamboo’s ability to grow between 1 – 4 inches per day and be harvested every three years makes it the number one renewable and sustainable resource. By cutting it, a bamboo’s health actually improves and it can be re-harvested again without harmful effects on the environment. Other natural resources like wood are also renewable and eco-friendly however it can take up to 50 years before it can be replaced. Plastics and synthetic by-products, on the other hand, are derived out of non-renewable resources or petrochemical raw materials that are harmful to our planet.

Manufacturing 1 pound of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic can produce up to 3 pounds of carbon dioxide. Decomposing can take up to 1000 years and emit harmful gases into the atmosphere during the process.

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Bamboo is 100% Recyclable

Since bamboo is a plant and 100% natural, it decomposes and returns to earth in its original form as long as it has not been chemically treated. Because it is pest resistant and doesn’t require fertilizer or pesticides to grow it cultivation is natural and it is gentle on the earth. Products made of bamboo can be broken down and used as soil fertilizer by cutting them up into tiny pieces and tossing them back into nature.

Bamboo is Toxin-Free

The production of synthetic plastics involve the use of several additives which give the desired mechanical and thermal stability to the resulting product, and this ultimately leads to the release of those toxins in the environment. But, bamboo production does not require the use of any such chemicals or additives so it is safe for our ecosystem.

Bamboo Cleans our Atmosphere

Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases over 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere compared to an equivalent mass of trees. This makes it an excellent contributor in absorbing greenhouse gases and producing clean, fresh oxygen.

With all of these attractive properties, bamboo is the ideal alternative to plastic based products. It’s sustainable, biodegradable, natural and chemical-free. By switching to this eco-friendly material, we would be reducing our environmental footprint and impact. With more companies offering eco-friendly alternatives, they are doing their part. Now, we have to do our part and be mindful of the choices we make.

Plastics may be cheap and more readily available and the more your demand it, the more the manufacturers will make. So choose sustainable products over man made synthetic ones and you will be doing the planet some good.



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2 thoughts on “5 Reasons why Bamboo is the Perfect Ecofriendly Alternative to Plastic

  • Monique PalmerAugust 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

    This article is an example of in-depth analysis with figures supporting the theory! I, myself, have seen many bamboo varieties of items that used to be non-biodegradable plastics previously. It is a good initiative for people to follow. Keep writing authentically!

  • Danny PrescottAugust 8, 2021 at 5:16 am

    Excellent write-up!

    Bamboo is really what we need today to survive and sustain life on Earth. It is good to see that people are trying to switch towards healthy lifestyles, including using biodegradable materials in general. Hats off to everyone!

    Keep your contribution continue towards environment sustainability.

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