If for years bamboo seemed to be forgotten by Western countries, the fact is that it is increasingly present in our routines as an alternative to the traditional materials we use in several areas.
It is normal that when we talk about bamboo, the first reaction is to imagine a panda eating. The fact is that there are over 1250 different species of bamboo spread across all continents, many of them inedible.
Unaware of their species, characteristics or usefulness, for a while, we ended up not giving it importance. But by this time, bamboo already spans over 4000 common applications.
Far beyond brushes, bamboo is already used in food, construction, dozens of industries and even to produce fuel, as recent studies show that it is possible to remove ethanol from this plant.
But is bamboo environmentally friendly?
The answer is yes. The ecological benefits of this material make it an excellent alternative in the most varied areas and industries.
- Excellent absorbing carbon
While the most common bamboo species generate more oxygen (O2) than the equivalent of three trees, some of them even absorb more than 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per hectare. As plant with the highest growth rate in the world, all this makes it considered almost perfect to capture carbon.
- Renewing itself without planting
The agricultural potential of bamboo is huge. In addition to regenerating after cutting without planting, it is a very long-lasting crop, and can even live up to 100 years without any additional treatments.
- Fast growth and land use
We have already talked about this and it is one of the most fascinating facts about bamboo: it is the fastest-growing daily plant in the world. The record was set in Japan, with a bamboo plant growing 1 meter and 21 centimeters in just 24 hours.
- Excellent physical, chemical, and mechanical characteristics
The potential of bamboo is gigantic and this is what the western world has been discovering in recent years.
Bamboo is an easy-to-carry material for its lightweight, toughness and above-average durability; For example, a well-constructed bamboo construction that lasts up to 30 years. These are some of the reasons why the construction industry calls the bamboo plant as “The Green Steel”.
- It is an eco-friendly plant
While the material is 100% biodegradable, its extraction is less harmful to the environment than other equivalent materials (such as wood). On the other hand, more than the material itself, the plant itself has advantages for the environment, helping to prevent erosion and regulating groundwater.
How can I use more bamboo in my routines?
As has been said before, the applications of bamboo in our routines have emerged more and more recently. Especially as an alternative to plastic products, bamboo “comes into play” as a simple way to reduce the amount of environmentally harmful waste generated in the most diverse industries.
However, the great bamboo revolution has been happening in toothbrushes. As you know, most common toothbrushes, because of their complex composition, cannot be recycled – this evidence results in the production of tons of plastic waste each year and completely unnecessary pollution levels.
And this is where things change: if a traditional plastic toothbrush takes 400 years to decompose, a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush can take weeks. The effort that ecosystems have to make is much smaller in the second case.
What are Babu?
Babu is a Portuguese brand focused on implementing new sustainable ideas in the Portuguese market.
Their bamboo toothbrushes are produced in Asia, where the bamboo crops used are located.
These bamboo toothbrushes are made from Phyllostachys Edulis, one of the fastest-growing bamboo species in the world (and no, this bamboo is not edible by animal species, including our dear pandas).
The handle is ergonomic and the toothbrush has been designed to overcome the brushing quality of a regular brush, with bristles that protect teeth and gums and promote healthy oral hygiene.
Besides the environment, are there any health benefits?
Bamboo is considered a natural antibacterial, having in its fiber composition an organic agent that prevents the reproduction of harmful bacteria.
As these toothbrushes do not have any porosity, they also prevent contamination and the growth of fungi and bacteria.
On the other hand, bamboo, besides containing in its composition beneficial nutrients for the gums, is the plant with the highest concentration of silica on the planet – the silica reinforces the work of calcium in building strong bones and teeth.
Any additional care?
Babu toothbrushes are designed to last as long as conventional brushes, and it is recommended to change brushes every 3 months.
The care is similar to a standard toothbrush: do not force your gums, choose the right bristle softness for your washing and sensitivity, and do not leave the brush in contact with germs or bacteria, other hygiene items or old brushes.
There is only one extra caution that should be taken into account – Bamboo being an absorbent material, you should leave your brush in a dry place without permanent contact with moisture.
Why not try it?
Every object we use daily, however insignificant, has a huge impact when used on a large scale. Each time we think, “I’m just one more doing different,” we have to remember that quite possibly there are millions of other people thinking the same.
Rather than brushing your teeth, opting for alternatives of this kind makes you part of a changing movement that, as quiet as it may be, at the end of the day, can have a huge positive impact on our planet.
So, if it’s time to change your toothbrush, think twice about your next choice, and remember that no matter how many bamboo alternatives you use, pandas won’t go more hungry.