Bamboo – Green Gold! Can it replace plastic?

Over the years, the earth has been turned into a dumping ground for garbage and the main culprit is plastic! 

There is no doubt about the durability, strength, low-cost of plastic products but we cannot ignore the impact they have on the environment. 

  • 50% of plastic is never reused or recycled.
  • It takes up to 1000 years for plastic to biodegrade.
  • Over 1 million plastic bags are used every minute in the world.
  • Creating plastic requires fossil fuels (oil), which increases our planet’s carbon emissions.
  • Over 17 billion pounds (8 billion kilograms) of plastic end up in the ocean every year.

There is an urgent need to shift to an alternative to plastic.

Bamboo toothbrush
Image Source: https://thebluebelledit.blogspot.com/2018/05/plastic-handle-toothbrush-vs-bamboo.html

What is Bamboo?

It is a type of grass, with a hollow stem that grows in more tropical and humid climates.
It can be found largely in countries across Asia, Africa, South America, and the USA.
The strength that it has coupled with its lightweight makes it perfect for constructing everything from homes to bridges and other more interesting things. 

Bamboo – Can it be used as an alternative to plastic ?

Bamboo and plastic contrast
Image Source: https://www.foreverbamboo.com/blog/bamboo-vs-other-building-materials/

It is being referred to as the “green gold” of modern times. There are a variety of products that are being produced from bamboo which can replace the plastic products being used nowadays.

From bamboo toothbrushes to chopping boards, bamboo cutlery, and straws there a whole lot of alternatives to plastic products available in the form of bamboo.

Also, bamboo fibers are replacing cotton and polyester in the textile industry. Using bamboo fibers saves up to 1800 liters of water used in making a single cotton t-shirt. It also prevents micro-plastics from entering into water bodies from clothes made of polyester.

There are so many reasons to move away from plastic and switch entirely to bamboo. Some of these reasons include:

  • Grow without fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Have naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • Can regrow to adult size to be harvested within 3 to 5 years.
  • Grows in many different kinds of environments (China, Africa, South America, USA).
  • Biodegradable.
  • Produces 35% more oxygen compared to similar plants.
  • Naturally helps rebuild eroded soil.
  • Rarely needs replanting.
  • An extremely durable material.
  • It requires far less water than similar plants.

Bamboo is certainly one of the most viable alternative that we have right now. Be the cost-effectiveness, less harmful manufacturing and very less or negligible impact on the environment.  

The question of whether bamboo can replace plastic or not? We still need time to answer this question because as of now we do not have many varieties of bamboo products as a replacement for plastic as it is used everywhere. 

My Opinion:

I agree to it that it is not the right time to say that bamboo can completely replace plastic. We need many innovations by which we can produce a variety of bamboo products as a replacement for plastic products. In addition to that, we also need good marketing of these products that encourage people to buy them. With more and more people becoming aware of climate change, they are ready to make the shift seeing the positive impact it has on the environment.  I am also using a bamboo toothbrush and water bottle. There is no doubt about their durability as they are far more durable than the plastic alternatives.

By the time let’s wait to see whether bamboo turns out to be the GREEN GOLD or not.

I highly recommend you to visit the site of my friend and look for a variety of bamboo products. The toothbrush and water bottle in the image above were bought from there only.

Here is the link to the site: https://www.shibamboo.store

References:

  1. https://householdwonders.com/bamboo-instead-of-plastic/
  2. https://www.trvst.world/inspiration/bamboo-versus-plastic-is-bamboo-really-more-eco-friendly/

Yash

Yash loves to read and write on issues such as climate change, renewable energy, SDGs, and other related issues. He wants to make people aware of climate change and encourage them to follow a sustainable lifestyle.

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