Why Are Bamboo Products Eco-Friendly?
If you are trying to cut down the amount of plastic, paper and other disposable materials you’re using there are many eco-friendly bamboo products you can use instead.
Bamboo is much more sustainable than plastic and paper because it’s fast growing, renewable, absorbs large amounts of CO2 and produces more oxygen than other plants. Unlike trees, bamboo forests can rejuvenate themselves in 3 to 5 Years and thrive without the need to use pesticides.
It has some great natural properties too like being antibacterial, super strong and capable of filtering air and water. This flexibility makes bamboo perfect for a huge range of purposes.
After use many bamboo products can simply be composted and will biodegrade naturally in just a couple of years, although fabrics may take a little longer. On the other hand our plastic waste can take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose.
Our consumption of plastic and, most destructively, single use plastics has become a global pollution problem. Plastic is in our oceans, damaging ecosystems and even working into our food chain.
Single use plastic bans are being introduced in the UK and EU to try to tackle these problems but these only cover a small number of plastic products. So it is up to us as responsible consumers to find sustainable alternatives to plastic.
Making use of more sustainable raw materials like bamboo for the every day products we use all the time is the perfect place to start.
Types of Bamboo Products
There are two main types of bamboo products which we can use instead of their plastic or paper alternatives. These are reusable bamboo products and disposable bamboo products.
Wherever possible it is more sustainable to use a reusable product than a disposable one. This follows the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle system which aims to reduce the total amount of waste we create.
So the vast majority of bamboo products on this list are reusable. Disposable bamboo products are still more sustainable than their plastic counterparts as they use a renewable and biodegradable raw material. We have included these on the list where they are a good swap for the plastic version.
We have also broken down the list into categories so you can easily find the right type of products. The categories are:
- Bamboo Products For Travelling
- Kitchen Bamboo Products
- Bathroom Bamboo Products
- General Household Bamboo Products
- Baby Bamboo Products
- Leisure Bamboo Products
Bamboo Products For Travelling
1. Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cup
Price: £10.99 | Size: 16oz / 450ml | Buy On Amazon
We admit we might be a little biased here but we believe we have the best reusable bamboo coffee cup available. Our cups are made from naturally sustainable bamboo and come with a screw on bamboo fibre lid. These don’t leak, affect the taste of your drink or create an unpleasant smell the way a silicone lid does. A thick grooved silicone sleeve reduces the surface area in contact with your hot drink providing extra protection for your hand and better grip.
2. Bamboo Cutlery
Price: £9.99 | Size: 1 Set | Buy On Amazon
This bamboo cutlery travel set is perfect for the zero waste conscious on the go. It includes a knife, fork, spoon and straw in a jute travel pouch so it is convenient and easy to carry around. You can easily clean the utensils after use in the dishwasher or by hand. Designed to be durable and long-lasting so they can be reused many times.
3. Bamboo Bento Box
Price: £15.45 | Size: 1,100ml | Buy On Amazon
The BamBox bamboo bento box is the ideal for enjoying your lunch on the go. It is best if you use it for things like sandwiches, salads, grains, pastas, vegan meals and snacks. The lid is solid bamboo whilst the base is bamboo fibre with a silicone seal to keep your food fresh.
4. Bamboo Charcoal Water Filter
Price: From £5.59 to £22.39 | Size: 1 Pack to 4 Pack | Buy On Amazon
This bamboo charcoal water filter works by attracting the ions of contaminants to the surface of the carbon and, at the same time, releasing minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium back into the water. The charcoal stick water filter comes ultra-sonic cleaned, vacuum packed and ready to use. All you need to do is fill your bottle with water and pop the stick into it. Each stick has a lifespan of 6 months and when performance declines you can rejuvenate it by simply boiling it for 10 minutes.
5. Bamboo Flask
Price: £20 | Size: 500 ml / 17 fl oz | Buy On Amazon
One of the biggest bamboo flasks available with a capacity of half a liter. The triple layer insulation includes a cutting – edge interior with double wall vacuum technology and bamboo exterior. It will keep your tea, coffee or soup hot for up to 12 hours or your drinks cold for a whole day. This tumbler has a leakproof design and also includes a detachable two-piece infuser / strainer which you can use to strain tea or infuse water.
Kitchen Bamboo Products
6. Bamboo Straws
Price: £8.99 | Size: 12 Pack | Buy On Amazon
Jungle Straws create 100% organic, hand crafted bamboo straws from local artisans in rural Vietnam. Each pack contains 12 straws divided into two widths. There are extra wide straws for thicker drinks like smoothies and milkshakes as well as thinner straws for juice and cocktails. All straws are washable and dishwasher safe. They also come with a handy cleaning brush, straw travel case and jute carrier bag.
7. Bamboo Kitchen Towels
Price: £9.19 | Size: 1 Pack | Buy On Amazon
You can wash and reuse each one of these bamboo kitchen towels up to 85 times. This means you can use each roll 1,700 times and completely eliminate the need for disposable kitchen towels. The towels are also super strong, amazingly absorbent and highly versatile.
8. Bamboo Chopping Board
Price: £15.97 | Size: Extra Large (45cm x 30cm x 2cm) | Buy On Amazon
This bamboo chopping board is naturally non-porous, resistant to bacteria and easy to clean. Unlike wooden cutting boards, a bamboo chopping board doesn’t absorb liquids easily and won’t soak in food odours or stains making it less prone to cracking, warping and smelling. It is also dense enough for safe chopping while soft enough to not cause damage to your knives. So it is perfect for home or professional use.
9. Bamboo Bowls
Price: £17.95 | Size: 4 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These reusable bamboo bowls are extra thick making them durable and perfect for everyday use. The natural bamboo fibre is non-toxic, BPA free and won’t affect the taste or smell of your food either. After each use you can pop your bowl in the top rack of the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
10. Bamboo Cups
Price: £16.95 | Size: 4 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These reusable bamboo cups won’t affect the flavour or smell of your drink and are perfect for everyday use. The bamboo fibre has no sharp edges, is crack resistant and suitable for all ages. Like most high quality bamboo products you can easily clean them in your dishwasher or by hand.
11. Bamboo Serving Trays
Price: £16.99 | Size: 3 Pack | Buy On Amazon
VonShef bamboo serving trays are durable and lightweight so they are ideal for carrying food and drinks, serving breakfast in style or as a storage tray for smaller items. The bamboo is naturally heat resistant so you can place it on your lap without danger of burning or scalding. The three trays are also stackable for easy storage.
12. Bamboo Chopsticks
Price: £3.50 | Size: 10 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These bamboo chopsticks have an elegant, Japanese-inspired design. The bamboo helps to ensure they are non-slip and they also have ridges so you can grip them securely. Easily washable and reusable making them perfect for regular use. Ideal for a dinner party with an Asian inspired menu.
13. Bamboo Steamer
Price: £20 | Size: 2 Tiers | Buy On Amazon
The VonShef bamboo steamer combines the delicate steaming power of bamboo with the durability of stainless steel. The two tiers doubles the amount that you can steam each time whilst the bamboo handle stays cool for safe removal of the lid. This set includes two pairs of chopsticks and 50 wax papers so you are ready to create your next Asian feast.
14. Bamboo Food Storage Jar
Price: From £9.79 to £18.77 | Size: From 550ml to 1850ml | Buy On Amazon
You’ll have no need for those flimsy plastic storage boxes any more with these glass food storage jars. The bamboo lid and silicone sealing ring keep air out creating an airtight environment to keep your food dry and fresh. Perfect for storing and preserving a variety of ingredients including jams, rice, sugar, flour, tea, coffee, spices, sweets and biscuits.
15. Bamboo Salad Bowl
Price: £19.97 | Size: Large | Buy On Amazon
Hand crafted bamboo salad bowl with bamboo utensils made in a modern woodworking factory. Unlike some plastic salad bowls which crack easily this bowl is built to last so it is ideal for everyday use. The solid bamboo also won’t lose its shape like plastic can. Designed to be large enough to handle a salad for sharing.
16. Disposable Bamboo Plates and Cutlery
Price: From £22.97 | Size: 20 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These disposable bamboo plates and cutlery are strong when you’re using them and also easy to dispose of in an eco-friendly way. When you are finished you can put them in a compost bin to biodegrade naturally. Each plate comes with a bamboo knife and fork. The 20 pack is ideal for larger groups or parties. A great alternative to disposable plastic and paper plates.
Bathroom Bamboo Products
17. Bamboo Toothbrush
Price: £8.99 | Size: 5 Pack | Buy On Amazon
Bamboogaloo hygienically seal each individual bamboo toothbrush using their pioneering, plant-based biodegradable eco wrap made from tree cellulose. Their unique dental grade bristles are vegan, BPA-free and have a medium to hard feeling. You’ll get the same clean sensation you’d get from any plastic toothbrush without harming the environment. Each pack also comes with a set of free bamboo cotton buds.
18. Bamboo Make Up Remover Pads
Price: £12.99 | Size: 10 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These bamboo make up remover pads are reusable and washable so you can use them up to 1000 times. After use you can wash them in the washing machine using the laundry bag provided or by hand. Designed to be suitable for all skin types including sensitive, dry or oily skin. Half of the pads have one side slightly harder and the other softer to match what you need. The other 5 pads are black for removal of heavy mascara. As they are small and lightweight they are ideal for travelling.
19. Bamboo Safety Razor
Price: £16.99 | Size: 1 Pack | Buy On Amazon
Bambaw double edged bamboo safety razors are extremely strong and durable. The bamboo handle ensures a good grip for a clean shave. Conventional plastic razors are practically impossible to recycle and usually end up in our landfills and oceans. With a Bambaw safety razor all you need to do is replace and recycle the blade. Replacing the blade is easy as it fits all double edge razor blades.
20. Bamboo Bath Caddy
Price: £26.99 | Size: Fits Most Bath Sizes | Buy On Amazon
A bamboo bath caddy is the perfect way to take a truly relaxing bath whilst enjoying a glass of wine, reading a book, or catching up on your favourite TV programmes on your iPad or tablet. The secure slotted design ensures everything stays exactly where you put it to prevent anything from falling in the water. The natural bamboo looks superb whilst also being tough, durable, and long-lasting. It also features an innovative extendable design so it works with almost all bath sizes and widths.
21. Bamboo Hair Brush
Price: £7.59 | Size: 1 Pack | Buy On Amazon
One of the best benefits of a bamboo hair brush is that they create less static than plastic brushes and combs. This creates less frizz and helps to prevent your hair breaking from static so you can have beautiful, healthy and shiny hair. This brush includes evenly spaced teeth which work perfectly for backcombing, sectioning hair, precision styling and tucking in loose hairs. The bristles gently paddle through your hair, grooming it smoothly while massaging the scalp.
22. Bamboo Cotton Buds
Price: £11.49 | Size: 800 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These high quality dual-tipped bamboo cotton buds are 100% biodegradable, vegan friendly and made from organically grown bamboo and pure cotton. Bamboo is the perfect raw material for ear buds because it copes well with water, does not splinter, is antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. A much more environmentally friendly disposable ear bud than a plastic bud.
General Household Bamboo Products
23. Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser
Price: £23.99 | Size: 160 ml | Buy On Amazon
Innogear’s bamboo essential oil diffuser is perfect for freshening up your house with your favourite fragrances. Essential oils can help lift your mood, relieve stress, aid sleep, minimise allergic reactions and increase your energy. It is also ideal if you have stubborn smells to eradicate like smoke or pet odours. There are 4 modes including continuous mist, interval mist, 1 hour mist timer and 2 hour mist timer. There is no heat so no risk of burns whilst Innogear’s design also has an auto shut off when it runs out of water.
24. Bamboo Air Purifying Bag
Price: From £10.99 to £39.99 | Size: 1 to 6 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These bamboo air purifying bags use activated charcoal which naturally absorbs and filters out harmful pollutants, odours and moisture with noticeable effects in just a few days. When used in damp spaces they can help to reduce mould, mildew and bacteria. The bags are available in three different sizes for your shoes, car and around the home. By exposing the bags to sunlight for 1 to 2 hours a month you can recharge them and extend their life up to 2 years.
25. Bamboo Laundry Basket
Price: £25.99 | Size: 100L (XXL) | Buy On Amazon
This extra large bamboo laundry basket is light but sturdy ensuring it can handle regular use without deforming. Laundry goes in the washable liner bag which has two compartments so you can separate out lights and darks saving you time when it comes to doing the washing. The breathable cotton bag helps to prevent unpleasant odours from building up and easily lifts out so you can take it to the machine.
Baby Bamboo Products
26. Bamboo Baby Washcloth
Price: £11.99 | Size: 6 Pack | Buy On Amazon
A perfect alternative to disposable baby wipes. These reusable bamboo baby washcloths use hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bamboo fibres so even sensitive skin or eczema will not be scratched or irritated. Tutti Bimbi only use certified organic bamboo with no chemicals and even the dye is eco-friendly.
27. Bamboo Baby Suction Bowls
Price: £14.99 | Size: 300ml | Buy On Amazon
Bamboo Bamboo have created this bamboo baby suction bowl so it grips your high chair or table preventing food spills, flips and throws. Even more clever is that you can remove the suction bottom and transform it into a regular bowl when your child outgrows it. The bowl also deters burns as the bamboo remains naturally cool even when it contains hot food.
Leisure Bamboo Products
28. Bamboo Watch
Price: £16.99 | Size: Men or Women | Buy On Amazon
REDEAR use the off-cuts from furniture to manufacture their stylish bamboo watch. Each watch is hand crafted without the use of paint or chemicals, making them hypo-allergenic and suitable for people with sensitive skin. It is also incredibly light and comfortable on your wrist.
29. Bamboo Sunglasses
Price: £15.99 | Size: 6 Unisex Colours | Buy On Amazon
Even our sunglasses contain plastic which makes a pair of bamboo sunglasses a more sustainable and, possibly, more stylish option. Your eyes will be fully protected from UVA and UVB radiation thanks to the UV 400 lenses. They also include a handy bamboo storage case to prevent damage when you aren’t wearing them.
30. Bamboo Bluetooth Speaker
Price: £136.22 | Size: 3.5 Inch Woofers | Buy On Amazon
The signature Get Together bamboo speaker is crafted in the true iconic House of Marley style. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for 8 hours whilst the Bluetooth, and 3.5mm input make it simple and easy to connect hundreds of wireless devices. They’ve used bamboo for the front and back panels which would typically be made of plastic. Not technically an alternative to single use plastic but still a great way to cut down on plastic use. House of Marley also support global reforestation.