Oh Bamboo, we love you
Fashionable and sustainable, bamboo is ‘in’ right now and you heard it here first! It looks great, is incredibly versatile and a viable alternative to plastic. As a resource, it is very fast growing and takes only five years to reach maturity, so pandas you are safe!
Did you know? Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions.
- Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants.
- Bamboo is an all-natural material that contains naturally occurring antimicrobial properties it makes it healthy for us and non-toxic for the planet!
We have created a round up of our favourite bamboo products, so you can decide for yourself to make the switch!
Bamboo Sleepsacks and comforters
Getting children into a sleep routine is hard! recommend a "lovie" or comforter after 4-6 months to help babies to sleep, helping to provide safety and security.
It creates a reassuring sleep association so they can tuck their noses in and pass right out. If only it was that easy!
These comforters are bamboo, so no need to worry about the microplastic nasties when you child sucks on it or released in the washing machine.
Time for Tea! Kids Bamboo Plates and Mugs
Bamboo plates are a fabulous alternative for toddlers and babies alike. Children grow about as fast as the bamboo and the styles grow with them!
We love these Bubba Boo Bamboo Bowls and Spoons with a strong suction base. It grips to a high chair tray or table to prevent spills but as your child matures this suction bottom can be removed to allow more independence and regular use. A great design as less clearing up!
£22 for a Bamboo Set, complete with silicone, BPA Free spoon
Bamboo plates now come in such cool designs, adults and children love them. If they are not being used for children's tea, then we are keen to take them on a picnic. We recently had a customer who was creating a bamboo picnic hamper as a wedding present - we thought that was a fabulous and very inventive idea!
£9.99 each for Global Affairs, Kids bamboo plate and bamboo mug
Bamboo toothbrushes are eco friendly and always better than plastic!
Each year the UK throws away 260 million plastic toothbrushes, none of which can be recycled, so now is the moment to change that.
We hunted high and low for the ideal eco friendly toothbrush for your kids. The handle is biodegradable and the bristles are recyclable. The handles are handcrafted and so each is unique and no two toothbrushes are the same.
We are often asked about the bristles and why these are not plastic free. These are BPA and toxic free nylon bristles and Zero Waste Club is fast rolling out a recycling scheme.
My Plastic Free Life cheerfully notes that the only completely compostable toothbrush has a handle made from sustainably harvested wood and bristles made from pig hair, a bi-product of the Chinese pig industry. We stand with Beth Terry, I don't want old pork scratchings every night!
Dentists advise changing toothbrushes every 3-4 months, so stock up today on the best kids bamboo toothbrush.
Meet the Makers:
Global Affairs: In 1998 Annette Klein Bog made her hobby of travelling the world into a day job and Marije Couprie is the in-house designer. Together these women with a dream team have made the brand what it is today. Global Affairs works with with small scale producers, mostly led by woman. Regular visits ensure a strong working relationship, high standards and sustainable and a good working environment with certified suppliers.
Bubba Boo was launched by Maria, mother to two bubba boo boys. Maria created bubbaboo for parents like me (and you) who want quality, eco-friendly children’s products that are also stylish, functional and affordable. All products are made from natural, renewable and sustainable Bamboo.
Zero Waste Club - Feeling frustrated and let-down by the extent of the damage we have done to our environment, two friends - Pawan Saunya & Rishi Gupta - went in search of answers. They decided to start their own journey to produce truly eco-friendly, sustainable, beautifully designed and ethical essentials at affordable prices.