Single-use plastics are one of the world’s most prevalent forms of waste. Whether it’s bottles, straws, toothbrushes or plastic containers, five million tonnes of it in the UK is thought to be produced every single year.
At Strive, we care passionately for the environment, which is why we’ve made it our mission to produce an eco-friendly toothbrush, that is both compostable and recyclable to ensure that you can begin to rid yourself of your dependency of single-use plastics.
How We Can Make Better Choices
We’ve already mentioned that we create almost five million tonnes of plastic waste annually in the UK, but did you know that only 24% of this is actually recycled correctly? That means that 76% of our plastic waste is used only once and then ends up in landfill and eventually into delicate ecosystems – such as the ocean.
This is a huge problem and its precisely why scientists are predicting that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050 unless we can change our destructive habits.
The answer to these issues is to make deliberately better choices in what we purchase and our lifestyles.
But what kind of products should we look for instead?
Well, bamboo, of course!
Bamboo is an incredibly robust, sustainable plant, which is why so many companies are turning to it to manufacture their eco-products.
But, what exactly makes bamboo so perfect as a sustainable resource?
Why is Bamboo So Good for the Planet?
Bamboo Grows Faster Than Any Other Plant on Earth
Bamboo is so sustainable because a single plant can grow to full size in just 3 to 4 months when compared to a standard tree which could take up to 30 years or more to reach full size.
In fact, in the perfect conditions, a bamboo plant is capable of growing by 3 feet in just 24 hours. Which means it’s possible to actually watch the plant’s visible growth.
This is what makes these plants so sustainable due to their naturally renewing properties. Additionally, there’s no need for any harmful chemicals or pesticides when harvesting bamboo, so it’s guaranteed that harvest is entirely organic.
Safe & Hygienic
The fibres of bamboo contain anti-bacterial properties, thanks to a substance called ‘bamboo Kun’. Bamboo Kun is found within the bamboo fibre and is an antimicrobial bio-agent which is what offers bamboo its natural bacteria-fighting properties.
Bamboo Kun prevents microbe and bacteria build up on bamboo products, making them absolutely perfect for keeping products which are used for hygiene purposes, such as our toothbrushes at Strive, for example, free of bacteria build-up.
Strong & Durable
Bamboo has a reputation as ‘green steel’ – named as such due to its strength and versatility, with entire homes known to have been built with this plant in Asian communities.
Bamboo has astonishing strength and can last up to ten years or more, while still remaining light and easy to transport. With the right care, your bamboo products can be used again and again without fear of deterioration.
A Vital Industry
Bamboo production and manufacturing is seen as a vital industry in many Asian countries such as China, India, Japan and Vietnam. This industry sustains many well-paying jobs for locals in many areas that require social and economic stability.
We wholeheartedly believe in respecting the environment, which why we have a completely zero-waste policy that ensures all of our packaging is 100% recyclable. We also use only Chinese bamboo to help maintain the integrity of the bamboo industry in the country.
Simply Fantastic for the Environment
Bamboo forests are hugely beneficial for the environment since bamboo plants are very well adapted to pulling carbon from the atmosphere and storing them.
In fact, bamboo can absorb more than two times more carbon dioxide than the average tree and will release 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere.
Bamboo roots also contribute to strong and healthy biodiversity in the soil by helping to stabilise the soil and restore the health to the land, which helps to prevent landslides and soil erosion.
Finally, bamboo helps to safeguard endangered species by creating habitats and a valuable food source, such as the critically endangered giant panda.
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