The tall, slender stalks shoot their way up from the ground to the sky, with lumps of small of leaves swaying so gently with the wind. They all seem to stand proudly and collected, ever reaching for that goal high up. Walk through a bamboo forest and be trapped in this sight of green elegance, resilience, and sturdiness. If this bamboo could talk, we would have known one of nature’s best secrets to going zero waste, without having to deal with all that plastic.
Now, we know there’s more to tell aside from the bamboo’s simple yet stunning imagery. Bamboo stalks are being turned into many pieces of very practical, eco-friendly purposes, replacing their plastic counterparts. That’s why bamboo products have become the newest addition to J&L Naturals Essentials with our Bamboo Toothbrushes and Bamboo Cotton Buds. Now, it’s time for you to meet the newest member of our zero waste family.
Bamboo is a type of grass growing in diverse climates, from hot tropical regions to cool mountainous forests. Interestingly, it is found to be stronger and to weather better than certain types of wood. It can also be easily grown. So, turning these formidable stalks into many kinds of tools and products will neither threaten its existence nor cut off its service to the environment. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants. It takes in more carbon dioxide, and releases at least 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere than hardwood trees of the same size. Their roots also help prevent erosion since only their hollow stems are harvested leaving the roots behind to regrow new stalks.
Textiles and clothing made from bamboo are also softer and more absorbent than cotton; they are breathable, and simply comfortable in any weather. Have you tried eating young bamboo shoots? Better try them when you have the chance! Bamboo shoots are low in fat and calories but high in fiber and potassium. Simply put, bamboo’s just got a lot to offer from its shoots to tips.
Today, using J&L Naturals Bamboo Toothbrushes and Bamboo Cotton Buds are just two ways we use plant power in the fight against plastic wastes. Common toothbrushes are unrecyclable, and a single piece can take hundreds of years to decompose. Plastic stems of cotton buds ending up on our beaches and in our oceans have also been a real threat to the environment and everything living in it. Yet, billions of these products are being made and disposed of each year.
Thanks to the dependable bamboo, we are making the change now, and are helping to curb that number. Bamboo provides our Toothbrushes with the ergonomic and biodegradable handle that never splinters. And the look? Pleasantly classic, light and woodsy, with accents of the bristle colors. And our Cotton Buds? Its stem and buds will simply decompose in time with the organic wastes in your compost bin.
Truly, if bamboo could talk, they would say they’re just the best and the most essential alternative we have. So let’s make the switch and ditch the plastic!