We love popping into our local zero waste shop. Oh the joy of filling our jars and tubs with just the quantity we need. As well as buying loose food we now make it our first point of call when we need to buy a present for someone.
All those lovely toiletries that are just as divine as those sold in the chemist or department store, but don't come in plastic bottles or wrapping. And as for the bamboo products, well, we are practically swooning. They are so pleasing to the touch - smooth, warm and soft.
bamboo re-useable coffee cup
bamboo lunch box
bamboo toilet paper
We have all of these things and are willing to bet that most of you have at least one in your home too.
You know by now that we don't just go out and buy things unnecessarily and, for sure, impulse buying is very unlikely ever to be environmentally-friendly, but we are considering further bamboo purchases when the time is right.
Top of our list is a bamboo bath mat but we're also coveting a bamboo water bottle, and would love bamboo plates for our outdoor entertaining.
We rather liked the bamboo razor that we bought recently for someone's special birthday.
But we got to wondering: Why bamboo?
And when we looked into the whole bamboo explosion, you know what? We like it even more.
To be perfectly honest, if you had asked us what we knew about bamboo this time last week we would not have got very far beyond, "It's what the pandas eat."
And, "We know it is used as an alternative to plastic."
But now we know it is an absolute natural wonder.
it is technically a grass and is one of the world's fastest growing plants. Some species can grow up to 3 feet in one day. And we thought our 12-year old boy was growing fast!
it is one of the strongest materials on the planet, but also very flexible
it can be harvested every five years, compared with 15-20 years for most hardwoods, so far better to cut down bamboo rather than ancient forests
it absorbs twice as much carbon dioxide than trees, so is a great carbon sink
it generates up to 30% more oxygen than most plants and trees
So we can safely say that bamboo is just great for the environment.
And, of course, if and when our lovely bamboo products do come to the end of their life, they are 100% natural (as long as they haven't been treated with chemicals) so will simply decompose and return to nature.