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 all of the 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. They are a good swap for the plastic version but are not included on this list.
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
- Children’s Bamboo Products
- Leisure Bamboo Products
Bamboo Products For Travelling
1. Reusable Bamboo Coffee Cup
Size: 16oz / 450ml | Buy Now
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
Size: 1 Set | Buy Now
This bamboo cutlery travel set is perfect for the zero waste conscious on the go. It includes a knife, fork and spoon in a cotton travel pouch so it is convenient and easy to carry around. You can easily clean the utensils after use by hand. Designed to be durable and long-lasting so they can be reused many times.
3. Bamboo Lunch Box and Water Bottle Set
Size: 1,200ml Lunchbox & 350ml Bottle | Buy Now
The Reusaboo lunchbox and water bottle set is the perfect replacement for packaging heavy lunch meal deals and is 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 naturally antibacterial bamboo sandwich box lid doubles as a chopping board and plate whilst the insulated bottle keeps drinks hot or cold for up to 8 to 12 hours.
4. Bamboo Spork
Size: 1 Pack | Buy Now
This bamboo spork is compact, reusable and sustainable travel cutlery with a fork at one end and a spoon at the other. It is lightweight and ideal for picnics, camping, taking to work and eating on the go. Disposable plastic cutlery is now a thing of the past thanks to this handy pocket-sized bamboo spork. It is also completely vegan friendly so is perfect for the zero waste and conscious traveller. Ideal if you need to save on space or want to travel light.
5. Bamboo Toothbrush and Travel Case
Size: 500 ml / 17 fl oz | Buy Now
This bamboo toothbrush and travel case set is the essential travel companion for the waste conscious. The case is perfect for storing your toothbrush when you are on the go as well as keeping it clean and hygienic. It is made from naturally antibacterial bamboo which helps to prevent bacteria and germs from breeding. So it is the ideal way to look after your toothbrush when you are traveling. This travel case also includes a small ventilation hole in the lid the prevent excess moisture from building up and to allow your toothbrush to dry out between uses. This will help to prevent your bamboo toothbrush from going mouldy and to prolong it’s lifespan
Kitchen Bamboo Products
6. Bamboo Straws
Size: 6 Pack | Buy Now
These 100% organic, hand crafted bamboo straws from local artisans in rural Vietnam. Each pack contains 6 straws and a cleaning brush. Each straw usually lasts from 6 months to a year and with proper care, they can last for several more years. The perfect sustainable alternative to single use plastic and paper straws.
7. Bamboo Dish Cloths
Size: 6 Cloths | Buy Now
These bamboo dish cloths are naturally antibacterial to help prevent germs and bacteria from breeding. They are also super absorbent as they can hold up to 40% more than cotton cloths and dry up to five times faster as well. These cloths are also more breathable than cotton ones and hypoallergenic too. As they are reusable they’re the perfect option for all your dish washing and cleaning needs.
8. Bamboo Eco Sponges
Size: 3 Pack | Buy Now
Our natural eco sponges are made from patterned cotton, jute and are filled with naturally antibacterial bamboo fibre. The perfect alternative to plastic sponges. Each pack contains 3 sponges each with a different design on it. These sponges are ideal for cleaning dishes, pots and pans, work surfaces, sinks , baths and more. They’re reusable and when they get a bit dirty you can just pop them in the washing machine.
9. Coconut Bowls with Bamboo Cutlery
Size: 2 Pack | Buy Now
These coconut bowls are ethically made in Vietnam with each bowl being individually handcrafted by artisans. Each eco-friendly coconut bowl set includes two bowls along with two bamboo spoons and forks making them perfect for all types of meals including smoothie bowls, ramen, salad, breakfast, poke, porridge and more. They are best used for room temperature and cold foods as hot food can cause the bowls to crack.
10. Bamboo Cups
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Bathroom Bamboo Products
16. Bamboo Hair Brush
Size: 1 Pack | Buy Now
This eco-friendly bamboo hair brush is the perfect alternative to plastic hairbrushes. Our bamboo hair brush is compact and lightweight making it easy to carry and is suitable for all hair types. Easily detangle your hair whilst massaging your scalp and when you need dispose of your brush simply compost it where it will break down naturally.
17. Bamboo Toothbrush
Size: 5 Pack | Buy Now
This set of four adult bamboo toothbrushes is enough to last a single adult up to a year with each toothbrush having a lifespan of approximately 3 months when cared for properly. The perfect alternative to plastic toothbrushes. You’ll get the same clean sensation you’d get from any plastic toothbrush without harming the environment.
18. Bamboo Make Up Remover Pads
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
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 Toothbrush Holder
Size: Fits Most Bath Sizes | Buy Now
This bamboo toothbrush holder is an eco friendly, minimalist solution to drying and storing your toothbrushes. Perfect for a family it has been specifically designed to help you look after your toothbrushes hygienically and fits most types of brush. Looking after a toothbrush is essential to lengthening its life and reducing waste. Many people lie the toothbrush flat on the window ledge but this prevents the wet underneath of the handle from drying which can cause mould to grow on the handle. Instead this bamboo toothbrush holder holds up to 4 toothbrushes upright so the handle can fully dry making it perfect for a family.
21. Bamboo Comb
Size: 1 Pack | Buy Now
One of the best benefits of a bamboo comb is that they create less static than plastic combs and brushes. This creates less frizz and helps to prevent your hair breaking from static so you can have beautiful, healthy and shiny hair. This comb includes evenly spaced teeth which work perfectly for backcombing, sectioning hair, precision styling and tucking in loose hairs. By ditching the plastic comb for a bamboo comb you will reduce the environmental pollution caused by the production of plastics as well as reduce the waste that ends up polluting our oceans.
22. Bamboo Cotton Buds
Size: 900 Pack | Buy On Amazon
These high quality dual-tipped bamboo cotton buds are 100% biodegradable, vegan friendly and made from organically grown 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.
23. Bamboo Soap Dish
Size: 6.5cm x 9.5cm | Buy Now
This bamboo soap dish is ideal as part of a zero waste bathroom and is perfect for storing your soap and conditioner bars. It has been designed with a detachable drainage tray that allows surplus moisture to drain away whilst making it easy to lift out to clean and dry. Our soap dish also has low edges to keep the soap bar firmly in place. No more soap sliding off the dish. To prolong the life of your dish it is best to ensure that it is not left to sit in a puddle of water or in humid conditions. In addition, the bamboo soap dish is coated in a waterproof paint to help prolong its life as well.
General Household Bamboo Products
24. Bamboo Air Purifying Bag
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
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.
Children’s Bamboo Products
26. Kids Bamboo Toothbrushes
Size: 4 Pack | Buy Now
This set of four kids bamboo toothbrushes is enough to last a single child up to a year with each toothbrush having a lifespan of approximately 3 months when cared for properly. These brushes also have soft bristles and a small handle so they are perfect for children. The ideal alternative to plastic toothbrushes.
27. Bamboo Baby Suction Bowls
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
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
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
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.