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 materials we use traditionally in various areas.
It is normal that when we talk about bamboo, the first reaction is to imagine a panda feeding. The fact is that there are over 1250 different species of bamboo spread across all continents except Europe, and 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 applications. Far beyond brushes, bamboo is already used in food, construction, various 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 positive. The ecological advantages of this material make it an excellent alternative in the most varied areas and industries. Now let’s see:
Excellent to absorb 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. In a plant with the highest growth rate in the world, all this makes it considered almost perfect to capture carbon.
Renew without planting
The agricultural potential of bamboo is giant. 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 unusual treatment.
Fast growth and utilization of the area
We have already talked about this and it is one of the most
fascinating 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 immense and this is what the western world has been discovering in recent years. Bamboo is an easy-to-carry material for its light weight, 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 called the bamboo plant “Green Steel”.
It is an eco-friendly plant
While the material is 100% biodegradable and 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. Some frequent and practical uses are, for example, make-up holders, reusable wipes, sunglasses or even cotton swabs.
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 brush takes 400 years to decompose, a 100% biodegradable bamboo brush 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 species they use is located.
These brushes 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 brush has been designed to overcome the brushing quality of a regular brush, with bristles that protect teeth and gums and promote healthy oral hygiene.
And besides the environment, are there any health
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 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 in the planet – the silica reinforces the work of calcium in building strong bones and teeth.
And, additional care?
Babu brushes are designed to last as long as conventional brushes, and it is advisable to change brushes every 3 months.
Care is similar to that with a standard brush: 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 giant impact when used on a large scale. Each time we think, “I’m just one more 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 is part of a changing movement that, however quiet 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 brush, think twice about your next choice, and remember that no matter how many bamboo alternatives you use, pandas won’t go hungry.