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Benefits of Bamboo Past, Present and Future

Bamboo products are increasingly becoming a viable alternative to plastic. Fast-growing and biodegradable, bamboo provides a source of sustainable products.

Benefits of Bamboo Past, Present and Future

Benefits of bamboo (past, present & future)

Bamboo is the biggest grass species which has over 1,500 species and varied cultivars. Some giant timber bamboo plants can reach heights of more than 20 metres.

One of the world's fastest-growing plants can grow up to 1.5 metres per day.

Historical benefits - (past)

In South East Asia and Oceania, bamboo plants are valuable, used in gardens, buildings and constructions and as a form of transportation.

Many traditional tribes still use them to make bows and arrows, combs, flutes and arts and crafts.

Also, some bamboo varieties are edible and a substantial food source for panda bears and humans.

Bamboo bathroom and home products - (present)

Bamboo products such as kid's cutleries, bowls, cups, straws and cutting boards are a few examples of alternatives to plastic products.

Bamboo has natural antibacterial qualities and fantastic material for everyday home products.

Toothbrushes are necessary for maintaining oral hygiene, but the amount of plastic waste generated is worrying.

According to estimates, over 1 billion toothbrushes with non-biodegradable plastic handles and bristles add to the environmental pollution this year.

Many people are using eco-friendly toothbrushes to reduce plastic waste. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are an excellent sustainable option.

Re-afforestation (future)

Bamboos are vital plants for afforestation because they can thrive in harsh environments, is fast-growing and tends to grow in large numbers.

They are also good substitutes for slow-growing trees.

Best way to grow running bamboo plants (plastic root barriers)

Bamboo root barriers are vital for containing invasive bamboo plants. This article presents 5 bamboo root barriers for stopping invasive bamboo plants so that you can choose what is best for you.
pickaxe for digging bamboo rhizomes Bamboo work is hard work without bamboo barriers.

Solid plastic bamboo root barriers

A solid plastic bamboo root barrier or narrow trench can stop the bamboo from spreading if you did not create a root barrier before planting the bamboo plants. 

Building a bamboo root barrier is probably the most common intervention if you have not put any root barrier in the first place when planting your bamboo. 

But what are the options for root barriers? 

Many DIY shops and online garden shops sell various root barriers. The best thing to do is to choose solid plastic sheets of bamboo root barriers. 

These barriers are flexible and bendable, tough and can last over 20 years. To lay the bamboo root barriers, firstly, dig a narrow trench 30cm to 50cm along or around the bamboo. 

This is the ideal depth because bamboo rhizomes are in fact horizontal stems and do not grow deep into the dirt like other plants with taproots do. 

Secondly, lay the tough plastic root barriers neatly into the trench with 10 cm to 15 cm layer above the ground level. 

The external layer will stop rhizomes from growing over the barrier as leaves and dirt build up over time. 

How to care for bamboo plants Top right picture shows a layer of bamboo barrier above the ground.

The bamboo root barriers can cost anything from £30 to £250 depending on how thick and strong the plastic barrier is. 
An alternative to the reinforced plastic root barriers is patio slabs. 

We use the patio slabs, they proved to be good barriers too. 

You may have to cover the gaps between the slabs properly as you lay them down because the rhizomes will still make their way through any tiny gaps in the slabs.

Where to buy root barriers for bamboo in the UK?

We would recommend using the tough plastic bamboo root barrier when planting the running bamboo plants. 

Also, it is a good practice to use root barriers when planting the Giant Timber Bamboo Plants and Phyllostachys varieties.

Here is a list of renowned UK retailers where you can get the recommended root barriers and bamboo care and maintenance accessories from.

Why it is important to put in bamboo root barrier before growing bamboo?

Maintaining bamboo plants is surely hard work. The intricate overlay of the rhizome and root network makes it difficult to dig, pull and remove the bamboos. 

You’ll have to do it bit by bit until you remove the whole lot or use a machine or additional help. 

It is vital to put in place a root barrier before planting bamboo in the garden, especially if you are growing the running bamboo near the boundary, driveways or close to the house. 

All in all, bamboo root barriers are vital for containing the invasive running bamboo and large clumping bamboos. 

The 5 formidable ways of building the bamboo root barriers will help you to contain the bamboo from spreading in the garden. 

Always put in the root barrier before planting your bamboo. 

Leave a comment and let us know about your personal experiences and what you think about bamboo and bamboo root/rhizome barriers.

How to set up a bamboo fence like a pro

Putting up a bamboo fencing roll as a windbreak or for privacy screening can bring the best out of small areas. They are quick to set up and provide the instant cover you need. 

It can cost £150 - £180 to get it done for you. Find out how to do it yourself. 

Use bamboo rolls to build fence screening

Here are steps for building a standalone bamboo screen or attaching bamboo rolls to fences and existing structures.
  1. Measure the length and width of the designated privacy screening area (Take note of bends or any adjustments).
  2. Order bamboo fencing panels and treated posts (according to how many you’ll need from your measurement in Step 1)
  3. Dig the soil and set the posts in place (You may have to cement the posts to provide additional strength).
  4. Build a strong frame connecting the treated posts.
  5. Cut to length and width of the screening area (Some DIYers prefer to cut the bamboo splits after the bamboo splits are in place).
  6. Tie the bamboo rolls with cable ties or wires to the mainframe (in Step 4)
  7. Tidy the edges of the bamboo fence screening rolls and clear up.
bamboo fence rolls screen

Use treated posts with bamboo fencing rolls

Ideally, the round-treated posts tend to match the roundness of the bamboo stick, unless the bamboo screens are splits. 

Use a strong post that you think will go well with the bamboo panels. 

Choosing a good fence post is important for building a new standalone privacy screen. 

For a strong support system, the posts should not be too close or further apart - too close and you’ll need more posts, further apart and the structure will wobble. 
An interval of 1 metre or 1.5 metres between the pillar posts is ideal.

Select the best bamboo fence roll 

The bamboo fencing screen is quick to set up and lasts longer. 

The bamboo fencing rolls, splits and splits are great products for fencing screens. 

 The main problems with these products are mould and rusty weather. 

These problems are easily avoided when you do a good check of the bamboo fencing products prior to buying them.

Bamboo baby plates with suction care

Bamboo baby plates are environmentally friendly and safe for babies. 

The plates are predominantly made from bamboo plants and do not contain artificial chemicals as plastic products do. 

The bamboo plates are durable, reusable and biodegradable

They are made from bamboo plants which are fast-growing and sustainable. 

Let’s dive in and find out how to take care of them.

 

bamboo baby plates with suctions

Buy bamboo baby plates with suctions

The suctions are a great feature of the bamboo plates because the ‘cute little hands’ will not remove them from the table. 

They are firm on flat surfaces and can withstand the forces exerted on them. 

You can buy eco-friendly baby plates online or in-store. 

Here are some UK-leading sustainable product shops. The plates are fitted with silicone suction rings. Perfect for babies.

How to wash bamboo baby plates?

Handwashing bamboo plates in warm soapy water is the best way to clean them. 

Some parents tend to use vinegar or lemon instead of dishwashing liquid which is perfectly fine. 

Before washing, remove the silicone ring suctions and soak all the parts in warm soapy (lemon or vinegar) water. 

Wash and dry immediately as water will find its way through the bamboo fibres if left to soak for hours. This can cause cracks and splits.

Ensure that the storage area is dry and free of dust and dampness.
Some bamboo-based products are clearly indicated to be hand-wash only and not suitable for the dishwasher or microwave. Please read the item description prior to buying it.

Bamboo plates do not like hot water

The bamboo products are generally tough, but they will not last long if washed in hot water. 

Hot water can cause the bamboo plates to expand, crack and eventually split, damaging the plates completely. 

Therefore, it is better to always wash the plates in lukewarm water. (See below for more info on how to safely wash the plates) 
Bamboo eco-Products: We have handpicked a collection of bamboo products based on the fact they are durable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. See them all here - Bamboo eco-Products

bamboo baby suction plates and toddler baby bamboo sets Bamboo Baby Weaning Bowl and Spoon Set | IMAGE: Suusco

Are baby bamboo plates dishwasher and microwave safe?

Generally, not all but some baby bamboo plates and other bamboo-based products can tolerate dishwasher and microwave temperatures up to 100 degrees Celsius.

Wash the baby bamboo plates and bamboo sets in warm soapy water, even though some bamboo-based products are dishwasher and microwave safe. 

Also, please avoid putting the baby plates in boiling water, oven and microwave oven. 

This will keep the plates in an immaculate condition and will also last longer.

How to clean bamboo baby plates?

Most bamboo baby plates are not dishwasher friendly. So wash immediately after use. 

Here are the steps for cleaning the baby plates.
  • Remove the silicone suctions.
  • Soak in soapy warm water for 5 minutes (use lemon juice or vinegar).
  • Wash with the soft side of the sponge or cloth
  • Rinse in warm water.
  • Drain and dry immediately with a clean cloth.
  • Keep in dry and well-aerated storage.

Avoid cracks and splits in bamboo baby plates

Bamboo baby plates are durable, they can last for 2 years or more. 

However, the common concerns of using bamboo products are the cracks and splits.
The use of silicone suctions stops bamboo plates from being knocked off the table.
Also, bamboo cracks and splits often happen when the bamboo products are washed with boiling hot water or soaked for too long. 

So, taking care of bamboo products is to the parents and caregivers. The hints will help you to look after the bamboo baby products.

Reusable bamboo baby plates 

The suctions are an incredible feature for securing the plates in place. 

The plates should always be washed in warm soapy water. 

They are durable natural products, long-lasting, sustainable and above all better for the environment.

Reusable bamboo plates and bowls sets

Bamboo products are eco-friendly and sustainable.

In a world where plastic cutleries are taking over, we've got to look at alternatives that are friendly to the environment as well as sustainable

Bamboo products are great alternatives. Here are 5 ways where bamboo plates and bowls are fantastic alternatives to plactic cutleries.

bamboo baby suction plate sets
Bamboo Baby Weaning Bowl and Spoon Set | IMAGE: Suusco

Here are some UK-leading sustainable product shops. The plates are fitted with silicone suction rings. Perfect for babies. 

Features bamboo plate and bowls

  • Bamboos are tough plants

Bamboo products are becoming an essential part of families with young kids. 

These plates are made of a special type of large bamboo plant called the Timber Bamboo, tough, hardy and tolerant to pests and bugs. 

The bamboo products are tough and are tolerant to bugs that can spoil the products.
  • Strong and durable

Technically, bamboo plants are grass. The plants have fibres (cellular walls) with no weak points like the trees. 

The plates and bowls made of bamboo are actually tough and durable. 

They are reusable for up to 2 years or even longer. (Read about How to Take Care of Bamboo Plates below).
  • Bamboo plates and bowls with suction

One of the great features of the bamboo plates is the silicone suctions underneath, made to attach the plates securely onto flat surfaces. 

In some plates and bowls, the suctions are also found on the sides to secure cups and water bottles. 

Look out for this special suction when buying bamboo sets.

The bamboo plate’s suction is a great feature of the bamboo plate because it makes it harder for the ‘cute little hands’ to knock it off the table or high chair.
  • Environmentally friendly

Unlike plastic plates, bamboo plate sets are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. 

These natural bamboo products will break down and turn into the soil in less than 5 years.
  • Sustainable product

Bamboo products come from Bamboo plants which are much more sustainable than plastic, including the other plant-based plates and bowls. 

The bamboo plants are fast-growing, renewable, and environmentally friendly. 

These plants are also known to absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide gas and produce more oxygen per square kilometre than the other plants.
Suusco UK has a wide range of eco-products made of bamboos, from toothbrushes to bamboo plates and bowls.

Bamboo electric toothbrush heads replacement UK

The bamboo electric toothbrush heads are fantastic eco-friendly products. The toothbrush head and handle are made of bamboo. 

You can replace the plastic toothbrush head with a bamboo head or buy a new bamboo toothbrush set.
Should you use bamboo electric toothbrush heads? Let’s dive in and find out why these products are eco-friendly and sustainable, and also great for your oral health.

Bamboo electric toothbrush heads replacement

The good news is that you can get only the bamboo toothbrush heads replacement for your electric toothbrush, no need to buy a new set. 

However, it is not one-size-fits-all. 

Make sure the head is compatible with your current toothbrush. 

Some companies like The Truthbrush.com developed eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush heads that can fit popular electric toothbrushes like the Philips Sonicare brush. 

bamboo toothbrush heads The Truthbrush - See Link for more info

Here is where you can get the bamboo toothbrushes replacement heads and bamboo toothbrush gifts.

Electric toothbrush heads made of bamboo

The interest in electric toothbrushes has been growing exponentially in the UK in the last 5 years. 

Between 2017 and 2021, over 12 million adults used electric toothbrushes and replaced their heads 3 – 4 times a year. That's about 42 million toothbrush heads in 5 years. 

There are concerns that this has done more harm to the environment than good to people’s oral health. 

The good news is that new and eco-friendly options are available on the market in the last 2 years in the UK. 

They are predominantly made from bamboo, which is known to be the fastest-growing plant, and sustainable. 

Bamboo toothbrushes are also biodegradable. The toothbrushes' handles and replacement heads will break down and turn into the soil very quickly.
One point to note is that the bristles (brushes) are made of nylon, an eco-plastic product.

Recycle toothbrushes made of bamboo

Some reports indicated that replacing the plastic-made toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush has reduced the total amount of waste to about 30 percent. 

In fact, bamboo toothbrushes are not only recyclable but also biodegradable and break down within 3 – 5 years. 

When the nylon bristles wear out, cut them before binning them. The bamboo head can be placed in the garden bin they are natural wastes. 

The development, manufacture and use of bamboo toothbrushes, including the latest electric toothbrush with heads, are promising trends as far as reduction of waste is concerned.

How often do you need to change your toothbrush head?

Generally, dentists recommend changing the toothbrush head anytime between 2 – 4 months. 

There is no definite expiry or use-by date. The heads are expensive and therefore it is up to the users to decide when to replace them. 
As a rule of thumb, if it does not need replacing, do not replace it. The head made of bamboo are likely to wear within the timeframe of 2 – 4 months. 
A top tip is to always check the rim (the part that the main handle slips into fit). This joinery is susceptible to wear and tear (just like the plastic toothbrush) because of the vibrations.

Bamboo products are sustainable

Bamboos products are not only eco-friendly and durable, but they are also sustainable. 

Many green companies in the UK are sourcing these products from communities and organisations that are working to protect the environment. 

As a bamboo info-site, we know how fast bamboo grows. 

It has the potential to be the go-to raw (eco-friendly and sustainable) material to replace the depleting trees and forests. 

Bamboo electric toothbrushes UK

The number of toothbrushes in landfills is staggering.  A Nat Geo survey revealed that hundreds of toothbrushes are often found by beach cleaners in Hawaii. 

It is now one of the main trash washed up on the beaches. Some companies in the UK are developing toothbrushes with bamboo handles
bamboo electric toothbrush UK

 
You can now get a bamboo toothbrush set or head replacement made of bamboo online or in-store.  Here is a UK main supplier of Bamboo based bathroom accessories - Truthbrush
The nylon bristles can be cut off and discarded as landfill wastes, whereas the bamboo handle and head are returned as garden waste. 

The bamboo electric toothbrush, like the Solid Toothbrush Heads, are eco-friendly. The replacement heads are made from durable bamboo and last longer. 

Two heads can last for 6 months or more. The bamboo toothbrushes with removable heads are fantastic products for replacing plastic heads.

 A conventional toothbrush is unrecyclable because the plastics in them are difficult, if not impossible, to break down efficiently. 


 Since 2017, it is estimated that over 12 million people in the UK were using electric toothbrushes. Though they are recyclable, they are not environmentally friendly and are unsustainable.

Pros of using a Plastic toothbrush

  • Easy to find a head replacement.
  • Lasts longer than a bamboo toothbrush.
  • Works better than the handheld toothbrush.
  • Can withstand falls due to its plastic casing.

Cons of using a plastic toothbrush

  • Unrecyclable.
  • Unsustainable.
  • Staggering replacement rate of 4 – 5 times a year.
  • Plastic and battery add to the pollution and poisoning of the rivers and oceans.
You may want to check out the stunning bamboo plate and set for kids.

  Bamboo electrical toothbrush for sale in UK, US, NZ, Australia, Canada, Singapore 


Bamboo-based products UK

The current trend is promising. Many bamboo-based products are available online and in-store unlike 10 years ago.

There are cute products for kids and adults alike. Most are sourced from sustainable sources in Vietnam, Thailand and in the US.

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Bamboo Bathroom Accessories: Loofash, Safety razors, Toothbrushes, Soap dishes and Bags

The trend for bamboo bathroom accessories such as loofah, safety razors, toothbrushes, soap dishes and bags is growing as many people are learning about them. 

We take a look at 5 eco-friendly accessories for bathrooms made of bamboo and are 100% organic. 
Bamboo bathroom accessories UK

Bathroom accessories made from bamboo

 These products are highly sustainable and eco-friendly. 

You can see all the products on Jungle Culture's website
Jungle Culture is a dedicated supplier of bamboo products and other sustainable organic products like coconut bowls and many more. Click on the blue link (above) to go straight to the Shop page.
  • 1. Bamboo unisex safety razor: The bamboo safety razor is for both males and females. Its bamboo handle is durable, long and narrow and slim-fit. It also has a protective stainless-steel guard to prevent cuts and irritation and leaves tender soft skin after every shave.
  • 2. Bamboo toothbrushes: The bamboo toothbrush, as the name suggests, is made of 100% bamboo. This long handle is biodegradable, it can break down into soil very quickly because it's a natural plant-based product. This toothbrush has soft bristles that do the same job as plastic bristles. (Also see bamboo electric toothbrushes and bamboo heads on this website).
  • 3. Soap bag: 100% organic soap bag made of grass. This bag is ideal for storing soap, makeup and small perfumes. It also gives the bathroom a nice and clean appearance. Reusable.
  • 4. Soap dish made of bamboo: This eco-friendly product is a standout in the bathroom. The soap dish has holes at the bottom for water to drain off so that the soap remains solid. It is highly durable.
  • 5. Plant-based loofah body scrubbers: The organic loofahs are nice and soft on the body, 100% organic.

Why use bamboo home accessories?

The bamboo accessories are durable and long-lasting. One of the best things about bamboo accessories is that you’ll see their true beauty as they mature. 

The deep brown colour becomes prominent and gives it a peculiar, but stunning bamboo appearance. The downside is that bamboo home accessories are susceptible to wear and tear. 

In fact, like many other home accessories, they will wear in time. Perhaps it is important to note that bamboo accessories are biodegradable. 

And will turn to soil very quickly, whereas the other plastic bathroom accessories will *not* decompose.

Why do people say bamboo accessories are eco-friendly?

Bamboos can break down into soil very quickly. 

Some reports have indicated that it takes just 3 years for bamboo to decompose. Therefore, they are eco-friendly. 

Some accessories are 100% plant-based, including bamboo home accessories. For example, bamboo toothbrushes and soft bristles are eco-friendly products. 
But, some toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads still have nylon bristles. Other products that have a combination of bamboo and other recycled materials include the stainless steel used on shavers and plastic and silicon suctions used in kids plates
 The development, manufacture and use the bamboo products is a promising start. 

Users have to be content because, at the least, these products are 90% eco-friendly. They are safe for the environment. 
If you are looking for bamboo-based accessories and bathroom products, check out The Towel Shop, they have a dedicated section for all-things bamboo. 

Buy bamboo bathroom accessories

Bamboo bathroom accessories made for bamboo are 100% organic, reusable and sustainable. Some examples include Loofash, Safety razors, Toothbrushes, Soap dishes and Bags.
The 5 bathroom accessories we featured are the best way to start your bathroom's organic collections. 

See all the eco-bamboo products from Jungle Culture.

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Reusable Bamboo Kitchen Accessories

Bamboo kitchen accessories range from bamboo chopping boards to cups and storage. 
We take a look at 5 eco-friendly and unique accessories for kitchens made of bamboo and are 100% organic. 
Check out the kitchen accessories if you want something that is plastic-free, durable and earth-friendly.

Reusable bamboo kitchen accessories

You can see products 1 - 3 on Jungle Culture's website.

Jungle Culture is a dedicated supplier of reusable bamboo products and other sustainable organic products like coconut bowls and many more. 

We also feature Philip Morrison & Son, a renowned UK retailer for Reusable Bamboo Kitchen Accessories

 Products 4 and 5 are from Philip Morris and Sons, a well-known UK retailer. 
Click here (cutlery storage and bread bin made of bamboo) for more information.
reusable bamboo kitchen roll Images supplied: 1 - 3 Jungle Culture & 4 and 5 Philip Morris and Son
  • 1. Bamboo Drinking Cup: Stunning hand-made cup, every set is unique. The beautiful 500mL cups are made of bamboo. These cups can be used for drinking water and cold drinks, smoothies, or cocktails. Do not pour boiling water into the bamboo cup because it is like to damage it. (Jungle Culture)
  • 2. Picnic Bamboo Cutlery Set: The reusable bamboo cutlery set comes complete with a serrated bamboo knife, sturdy bamboo fork, bamboo tablespoon, a bamboo straw and coconut fibre straw cleaning brush. It is a perfect gift for kids. (Jungle Culture)
  • 3. Bamboo Drinking Straws: Environment friendly and sustainable compared to plastic straws. (Jungle Culture)
  • 4. Bread Bin with Bamboo Lid/Chopping Board: The Bread Bin with Cutting Board Lid has a bamboo wood cutting lid that can be turned over to the grooved side and used as a bread cutting board. This stylish and sleek bread bin is a great storage solution and will fit into any kitchen, the lid and body are easy to wipe clean. (Philip Morris & Son)
  • 5. Bamboo Cutlery Organiser/Storage:  The Bamboo Cutlery Organiser is great for organising your draw and generating space, it has room for knives, forks and spoons. This beautiful bamboo organiser comprises cutlery icon-marked compartments which overlap one another to free up space. (Philip Morris & Son)

 Bamboo home accessories UK?

The bamboo accessories are durable and long-lasting. 

One of the best things about bamboo accessories is that you’ll see their true beauty as they mature. 

The deep brown colour becomes prominent and gives it a peculiar, but stunning bamboo appearance. 

The downside is that bamboo home accessories are susceptible to wear and tear. 


In fact, like many other home accessories, they will wear in time. Perhaps it is important to note that bamboo accessories are biodegradable. 

And will turn to soil very quickly, whereas the other plastic kitchen accessories will *not* decompose. 

Buy bamboo kitchen accessories

Bamboo kitchen accessories are 100% organic, reusable and sustainable. 

The 5 kitchen accessories we featured are the best way to start your kitchen's organic collections. 

They will add a touch of style and natural comfort and keep the environment free of plastics.

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10 Examples of sustainable bamboo products for Kitchen and Bathroom

Bamboo products are fantastic replacements for plastics. 

The products are reusable, biodegradable and sustainable.

 It is difficult to completely replace plastic alternatives because they are an integral part of modern living.

However, recent trends indicated that many people are looking for alternatives to plastic products in an effort to protect the Earth. 

Understandably, every effort to replace plastic waste will make a global impact.

In this article, we take a look at 10 bamboo alternatives to plastics and wood products for kitchen and bathroom.

10 bamboo products for kitchens and bathrooms

It does not take too much to understand why bamboo plants are an important source of eco products. 

Here are 10 common bamboo alternatives to plastics you can find in the UK.

 Buy Bamboo Kitchenwares

bamboo kitchen and bathroom accessories


Buy Bamboo Bathroom Accessories

bamboo bathroom shelves and accessories

 Examples of sustainable bamboo products

Plastics are everywhere, even though they are reusable and also recyclable. The concern about using plastics is that it is impossible to break down completely.

The small plastic debris either ends up in landfills or in the waterways and seas. The buildup of this debris along the food chains is harmful to marine animals. 

A recent report (by Earth.org) has indicated that animals have mistaken floating plastics for food and eat them.

The global build-up of plastic wastes and traces of plastic debris found in animals is alarming.

That is why bamboo alternatives to plastics are a significant step in reducing plastic waste. And, keeping the Earth safe and free from pollution.

What does it mean bamboo products are sustainable?

A tree can take 20 to 30 years to reach maturity. In comparison, the large timber bamboos, including the other species, will take 4 to 5 years to reach their full growth.

This implies that the manufacturing industries can produce 4x as many products from bamboo as trees.

Companies, like the Jungle Culture are working with bamboo growers and manufacturers to sustainably source these products to meet the demand in the UK.

So, the trend for bamboo alternatives to plastics and trees is growing, but there is a need to know about these products and their benefits to everything around us.

Biodegradable bamboo products and zero carbon footprint

 Bamboo's fast growth rate and its ability to reproduce new plants year after year makes bamboo a sustainable raw material. 

What's more, the products are biodegradable which means they will break down (decompose) very quickly unlike plastic products.

bamboo alternative to plastics and wood

Biodegradable bamboo products

Plastics are not biodegradable. The plastic products we are using today will not break down. 

The report by Earth.org revealed that traces of plastics used in the 1950s and 1960s are still seen today. 

They have a permanent footprint on the environment and are harmful to the animals that eat them

In retrospect, 100% of the bamboo products will decompose and eventually turn to soil, hence called biodegradable bamboo products . 

But, reducing the use of plastics to zero is near impossible.

As responsible global citizens, we can reduce the amount of plastic we use by reusing what we have or using plastic alternatives.

Companies, like the Jungle Culture are working with bamboo growers and manufacturers to sustainably source these products to meet the demand of biodegradable bamboo products in the UK.

Facts about non-renewable plastic products

As mentioned earlier, plastic products are non-biodegradable and unsustainable.

  • Non-biodegradable because they do not break down completely. They are also the main pollutants of the waterways, seas and oceans. They are very harmful to the marine animals that eat them.
  • Unsustainable because they are a by-product of petroleum a non-renewable resource that is in high demand and fast depleting.

The good news is that there are bamboo alternatives to plastics such as the 10 products mentioned in this article.

Bamboo growth rate and re-generative behaviour  

Bamboo's fast growth rate and its ability to reproduce new plants year after year makes it a standout alternative to plastic and wood raw materials.

At BambooGardenPlants.com, we recorded the Phyllostachys aureosulcata spectabilis growing at a rate of 1.43cm per day.

The Guinness Record shows that its natural habitat can grow at an astonishing rate of 90 cm per day.

Without a doubt, bamboos are the fastest-growing plants.

Cheap Home and Garden Furniture Made of Bamboo

Home and garden furniture for indoors and outdoors made of bamboo are fantastic alternatives to wood and plastic furniture. 

Products from Bamboo include food, textile, building material, indoor and outdoor furniture, toilet paper and many more.

bamboo garden and home furniture sets UK

Tough and durable

Bamboo furniture can withstand the weather and everyday use. Its natural hardiness and tolerance to high humidity mean that furniture made from bamboo is tough.

These properties of bamboo make them an ideal choice for outdoor furniture.

Flexible and bendable

They are flexible and bendable. For this reason, bamboo is used to produce stunning furniture with curves that are hard to achieve with other wooden raw materials.

Home and furniture designers can create products from bamboo which are unique and stunning like the Bamboo bed frame and outdoor lanterns.

Strong and heavy

Check out bamboo and rattan outdoor furniture from Cox & Cox UK

Bamboo strength to weight ratio is similar to oak or other hardwoods. However, bamboo splits when laminated to form a formidable layer. 

Bamboo furniture is reasonably stronger and heavier than those made from hardwood timbers.

They are firm on the ground and will not wobble as other furniture do. 

One example of a product that is strong and heavy is the bamboo outdoor furniture set.

Nice and smooth

Bamboo plants grow straight and produce a fine grain. For this reason, bamboo furniture has a nice and soft appearance.

This tweet shows how bamboo can be used in the design of dinner tables and kitchens. It's awesome!

Bamboo furniture care and maintenance tips

Care

Though natural bamboo furniture is tough and durable, exposure to outdoor conditions can damage them. 

So, protect them by using some sort of cover or storing them indoors.

Maintenance

Bamboo indoor and outdoor furniture will require occasional dusting and maintenance. 

The indoor bamboo furniture will require cleaning with a wet cloth to clean the dust and cobwebs.

Whereas, the outdoor ones will definitely require occasional vanishing to make them look beautiful again.

Outdoor storage

Before buying, it is important to think about where you will keep the furniture during the winter or when they are not in use. 

There is no need to worry if you are going to place them in a designated area outdoor.

But then, it is better to provide some sort of cover to protect them from the weather when you are not using them.

You can read more about the latest developments in bamboo furniture on Garden Bamboo Blog.

What to know about bamboo furniture?

Bamboo is the giant of grass plants and tends to grow very quickly. It grows faster than trees and many other natural plants which are highly sustainable.

In addition, there are other reasons why bamboo furniture sets are great additions to your home and garden collections.

There are different types of bamboo plants. 

The most common ones used for making furniture are the giant timber bamboo. They are cut, split cleaned and dried.

After that, the splits are tidied into fine strands and laminated to bamboo beams, panels, ply, veneer, lumber, etc.

Durable and Cheap Garden Furniture Made of Bamboo

Bamboo furniture sets are adorable. 

The furniture sets are durable, strong and stylish.

They provide a feeling of warmth and comfort that synthetic products do not give. 

Above all, bamboos are sustainable materials and Earth-friendly. 

Bamboo Garden Furniture for Outdoors and Indoors

Home and garden bamboo furniture sets are fantastic alternatives to trees and plastic. They provide a feeling of warmth and comfort that synthetic products do not give. 

In fact, the demand for bamboo furniture sets and other home furnishing pieces is growing as many people are looking for eco-friendly alternatives to tree and plastic options. 

What’s more, the bamboo home furniture is strong and durable, ideal for both indoors and outdoors. 
What are some common bamboo furniture for home and garden? Here we take a look at 10 common indoor and outdoor furniture and where you can get them.
What garden bamboo furniture sets can you buy in the UK, US, New Zealand, Canada and Australia?

What garden bamboo furniture sets for outdoors can you buy in the UK, US, New Zealand, Canada and Australia?

Bamboo garden furniture for patio and balcony

Bamboo plants are tough raw materials for making furniture. Aside from the fine finishes applied to protect the garden and home bamboo furniture, they have natural antibacterial properties that protect them. 

Bamboo fibre itself, like other raw materials, is not durable. 

But its natural durability and toughness are further enhanced during the manufacturing process through the application of finishes. 

Furthermore, the laminated bamboo strips are stronger than a single oak timber, for example. This means that the garden bamboo furniture is stronger, tougher and more durable. 

They are ideal for outdoor spaces like the patio or balcony. Here are some examples of bamboo outdoor garden furniture:
  • 1) Bamboo outdoor lanterns
  • 2) Bamboo outdoor chairs
  • 3) Bamboo outdoor sofa
  • 4) Bamboo outdoor furniture set
  • 5) Bamboo lounge

UK seller: Garden Furniture Centre

Bamboo furniture sets for indoors

Bamboo furniture sets for the outdoors are also growing in popularity due to the fact that they are durable and strong. 

The furniture will last for years with minimal maintenance.
Bamboos are highly sustainable raw materials for making furniture sets such as the Vintage bamboo furniture set and Bamboo dining table sets
The bamboo furniture adds style and comfort to indoor rooms such as the dining room. They are also great storage furniture for bathrooms. 

Bamboo bedframes are also an ideal choice for modern bedrooms.

Bamboo home furniture

  • 1) Vintage bamboo furniture set
  • 2) Bamboo dining table set
  • 3) Bamboo bedside table
  • 4) Bamboo bed frame
  • 5) Bamboo bathmat

UK seller: The Great Furniture Trading Company

Home office bamboo furniture

  • 1) Bamboo Desktop Monitor Riser
  • 2) Bamboo Desk Organiser
  • 3) Bamboo Ladders Bookcase
  • 4) Bamboo Stacking Tray
  • 5) Bamboo Expandable Drawer

UK seller: Ryman

Bamboo furniture sets are adorable. 

They are durable, strong and stylish. 

They provide a feeling of warmth and comfort that synthetic products do not give. 

Above all, bamboos are sustainable materials and Earth-friendly.

If you are wondering what garden bamboo furniture sets for the outdoors to buy, this will help you.

What are the benefits and uses of bamboo salt?

The Korean bamboo salt is entering the salt markets in the US, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and other European countries. But what are the benefits and uses of bamboo salt?
Find out about elements in bamboo salt and its uses.

Common mineral elements in the salt

The bamboo salt contains traces of over 70 mineral elements which are safe for consumption and have health benefits.

Here are the common mineral elements present in the salt:
  • iron,
  • zinc,
  • copper,
  • calcium,
  • sulphur,
  • potassium,
  • manganese,
  • magnesium and
  • phosphorus.
Notably, the high sulphur content is a great alternative to sulphur supplements.

Source of vital elements

Bamboo salt is a good source of mineral elements. 

In fact, there are over 70 elements in the salt that have health and physical benefits. 

These natural minerals in the salt are an alternative to mineral supplements, even though it is expensive.
 

bamboo salt UK

Benefits of bamboo salt

Traditional benefits of bamboo salts are held in high esteem by Koreans and other users. 

It is important to note that some researchers agree that this salt contains more beneficial mineral elements than other salts. 

Also, bamboo salt has a rather unique granulated texture and tastes better. 

The demand for this salt growing both in the traditional Asian markets and in the emerging markets in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. 

Even so, there are concerns that there is a need to confirm the benefits claimed by the traditional users.

Why is the bamboo salt price so high?

The high cost of this salt can be attributed to the demand. As mentioned earlier, there is a high demand in Asia and well in the emerging US and UK markets. 

In fact, many traditional users who live in those regions are fuelling the demand. Hence, the high price they are willing to pay. 

A recent estimate revealed that 240 grams of bamboo salt can cost US$100 or £73. That’s like US$400.20 (or £304) for a kilogram. 
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Use bamboo salts and bamboo salt products

This is an overview of the mineral elements present in bamboo salt. 

Readers note: This is an article about bamboo and bamboo products that are growing in popularity. It is by NO means professional health advice. 

Please, seek professional advice about the benefits and medical uses of bamboo salt and mineral elements before treating any medical conditions or diseases.

Benefits of Bamboo Salt Toothpaste

 The toothpaste and teeth whitening polish made of bamboo salt has traces of the mineral elements mentioned  


The bamboo salt toothpaste is a good alternative to fluoride toothpaste. 

It tastes different and feels different. It also has unique oral benefits.
The teeth whitening polish are smooth against teeth and cleans effectively leaving your teeth white and shiny.
The salt toothpaste reduces the build-up of plaque. Check out the bamboo toothpaste products here at JD Williams UK or Truth Brush.

 

bamboo salt toothpaste


In toothpaste, it is a good natural remedy for bad breath and sensitive teeth because it tends to kill harmful oral bacteria. 

Besides, if you are a fan of bamboo salt, you’ll love this salt product. It is reasonably cheaper than salt itself.

Interests in bamboo salt

The salt, also known as Jukyeom, originates from Korea 1000s years ago. It is used for cooking and as a form of traditional medicine. 

 The Koreans believe that repeated burning and leaching of the bamboo, clay and pinewood have purified and enhanced the salt. 

The traditional users claim to have observed many health benefits. 

The demand for this salt is huge in the Asian markets, especially in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. Supplies of new bamboo salt products include bamboo toothpaste, and several salt-based oral and washing products.

Making bamboo salt

Bamboo salt is made by filling natural bamboo tubes with sea salt and sealing it with natural clay. 

The salt is burnt at very high temperatures for hours. This process is repeated up to 9 times. 

Brief facts: Bamboo salt is
  • high in mineral elements.
  • very expensive compared to the normal table salt.
  • believed to have medicinal and healing properties.
  • originally developed by Korean as a medical remedy.
  • put into bamboo and heated for 10 hours in over 1000 degrees Celsius heat. The process is repeated 9 times.
Here are some living bamboo FAQs and facts.

Uses of bamboo salt products

This is an overview of the mineral elements present in bamboo salt. 

Readers note: This is an article about bamboo and bamboo products that are growing in popularity. It is by NO means professional health advice. 

Please, seek professional advice about the benefits and medical uses of bamboo salt and mineral elements before treating any medical conditions or diseases. 

Sustainable Bamboo Bathroom Storage Shelves and Cabinets UK

Are bamboo bathroom storage shelves good for bathrooms and small spaces? Our research shows that there are several reasons why bamboo shelves are ideal storage solutions for the bathroom. 
Bamboo bathroom furniture provides a pleasant appearance are the standout feature of the house.
What’s more, they are strong which means that they won’t wobble or break. 

Here are some options for the bamboo bathroom shelves and why they make better storage.

bamboo bathroom storage shelves UK

Check out the qualities of bamboo furniture and what makes them the best alternatives for a stunning home.

Cool bamboo bathroom storage

What Sustainable Bamboo Bathroom Storage Shelves and Cabinets can you get in the UK? Here is a list of the best bamboo furniture for bathrooms

1. Bamboo bathroom shelves

These shelves are open on 4 sides. Some have adjustable shelf boards which you can move up and down or remove to create more space. 

Depending on how much space you want, you can get the shelves with the 2-tier layer to the longer 7-tier layer. These shelves are ideal for storing towels, cloths, washers, etc. 

You can also use the top shelf. In fact, these bamboo bathroom shelves are moisture-tolerant and provide a rustic touch to modern bathrooms.

2. Bamboo bathroom cabinets

The cabinets made of bamboo are heavier than the bathroom shelves because they are made from laminated bamboo timbers. 

The heavier shelves are stable compared to the bathroom shelves. They also have segmented storage compartments. This means that you can move in and out when storing and retrieving bathroom accessories. 

You can use the bamboo cabinets for storing accessories such as medicine, detergents and other stash-away stuff. 

Furthermore, you can also use the outer units (and top-shelf) for other storage purposes. Bathroom cabinets are multipurpose.

They come in different styles and designs. Here is a bamboo bathroom cabinet from Ryman - Nostra Bamboo Storage Trolley 3 Tier

 

3. Bamboo wall-mounted floating shelves

The bamboo wall shelves are ideal if you want to create more storage for your bathroom accessories. 

There are other wall storage solutions for bathrooms, but the bamboo wall-mounted shelf adds style to the wall. Its brackets provide a stable frame for the shelf. 

You can get them in different lengths and set them horizontally along with the bathroom wall. Or, you can mount them in stacks vertically. The options are unlimited!

At Cox and Cox, you can find bamboo bathroom shelves and other stunning floating wall storages

What can you store in a bamboo cabinet?

The bamboo bathroom storage shelves are moisture resistant. This is one of the main factors that makes them suitable for bathrooms. 

You can store any bathroom accessories such as:
  • detergents,
  • bath towels,
  • washcloths,
  • cleaner
  • medications and
  • cosmetics.
Top tip: The shelves with adjustable shelf boards are ideal for storing long accessories or keeping long piles of towels. Read about our collection of bamboo bathroom accessories - click here for more information.

What are the benefits of bamboo shelves?

Made from bamboo, the shelves are eco-friendly. More so, the bamboo shelves give the bathroom a smooth appearance. 

Most bamboo materials (and laminated beams) are slim but tough. 

That means that the shelves made of bamboo have spacious drawers.
If you are looking for bamboo-based accessories and bathroom products, check out The Towel Shop, they have a dedicated section of all-things bamboo. 

Bamboo bathroom shelves

The bamboo bathroom shelves are stunning and stand out at home. 

They are a better and sustainable alternative to contemporary storage systems - strong, durable and moisture resistant. 

Read about home and bathroom bamboo accessories - click here

bamboo bathroom storage and accessories

Reader's note: While you are here, you can check out our collections of bamboo products for home and garden. The information pages give you an idea about bamboo products available only to our readers.

Standout reasons for using bamboo bathroom storage

Bathroom storage does not always have to be limited to the cabinet under the sink. 

Though the room is small, you can optimise the storage by adding slim bamboo storage options. 
Here are some reasons why bamboo bathroom storage shelves and cabinets are better alternatives to contemporary bathroom storage systems. 

bamboo bathroom storage furniture UK

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Moisture resistant

Bamboo shelves are made of giant timber bamboos, plants that grow straight up with nodes between and hollow tubes. 

The bamboo plants are naturally water-resistant on the outside. They do not have barks or internal layers like plants do. 

The natural properties of bamboo plants make them resistant to the presence of water and moisture near them.

Easy to move

The bamboo shelves and cabinets are easy to move around because most of them are lighter. 

Stability may be a concern in this case, so when selecting bamboo shelves, ensure that the base stand is firm and stable. 

Yet, some bamboo cabinets made of laminated bamboo are heavy, stable and stronger than a wooden cabinets.

Strong and tough

As mentioned earlier, bamboo timbers are naturally durable. 
They are strong and tough. 
The bathroom storage shelves and cabinets made from bamboo have these qualities. 

Besides, the laminated beams and furnishing provide the added strength that you can rely on.

Come in different sizes and lengths

Unlike the other rooms in the house, most bathrooms are small in comparison. 

So, when choosing a storage solution, it is better to find something that is strong, durable and can withstand moisture. 

 Bamboo bathroom furniture ticks all these boxes.

Looks great in small spaces

The colour of the natural bamboo timbers provides a startling contrast to the colour of the bathrooms. 

They make the space looks beautiful, calming and homey.

It lasts a long time

The bamboo bathroom shelves and cabinets will last a long time. 

Not only does it save you money, but you can also fold them and put them away if you do not need them anymore. 

 What’s more, you can give them a wipe and use them again or pass them on to families and friends.

Bamboo bathroom storage and accessories

Read about home and bathroom bamboo accessories - click here

bamboo bathroom storage and accessories

The bamboo bathroom shelves are stunning and stand out at home. 

They are a better and sustainable alternative to contemporary storage systems - strong, durable and moisture resistant. 

Reader's note: While you are here, you can check out our collections of bamboo products for home and garden. The information pages give you an idea about bamboo products available only to our readers.