Bambu was founded by Jeff Delkin and Rachel Speth. For nearly 20 years Bambu’s mission has been to reduce the use and reliance on plastic by providing people with beautiful, non-toxic products made from nature. Bambu produce a range of affordable and earth-friendly products for the kitchen and home such as utensils, bowls, straws, trays, cutting boards and many more. All their products are both distinctive and contemporary and made from renewable materials.
Bambu’s products are made in China where all materials are sourced locally. They also work with local woodworkers, weavers and stitchers to hand make their products. Bambu’s products are handcrafted so that they are safe and durable that will last and can withstand even the toughest use.
Toilet roll is one of the most common household items. Unfortunately toilet roll can be really damaging to the environment, not only in flushing but also during production since it’s made from trees! Most toilet paper is FSC certified so it comes from sustainable sources, and recycled toilet tissue is an option. We’d like to introduce you to The Cheeky Panda – if you haven’t already tried it – toilet paper made from bamboo!
Bamboo grows 30 times faster than a tree, producing 30% more oxygen and absorbing 35% more carbon. Bamboo is wasted because it grows so fast and must be harvested at least once a year. If not it will flower and attract rodents which can have a devastating effect on the ecosystem.
Chris & Julie – the founders of The Cheeky Panda, decided to use this waste bamboo to create luxuriously soft, sustainable and eco-friendly toilet roll which is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic. The toilet tissue is free from any harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and it BPA free.
The Cheeky Panda is a very new company, and has already been a finalist in the Virgin VOOM awards, Business Green Leaders Awards, Essex Business Excellence Awards and The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. It’s not hard to see why, The Cheeky Panda has grown a lot as a company in the last year. Yet it still manages to keep the environment and sustainability at its core. The toilet paper is 100% FSC Certified, uses bamboo that is far from Panda’s habitats, and comes in recyclable packaging!
Have you tried The Cheeky Panda bamboo toilet tissue? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
We’re fond of bamboo clothing here at Natural Collection, but the question is, why exactly is bamboo clothing a better option? Firstly, let’s have a look at two of our brands to figure out why they use bamboo:
Doris & Dude socks are made from 75% bamboo, 20% organic cotton and 5% spandex. Why put bamboo in socks in particular? It’s because bamboo is wonderfully soft, and has certain properties that benefit your feet: anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties to defend feet against sweat and fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
Braintree have bamboo in some underwear, tops and slacks. Many are also made of a viscose derived from bamboo. Bamboo is breathable (a good trait for socks and underwear), and can help your temperature – it helps warm you up if you’re chilly and cool you down if you’re a bit too hot.
Bamboo is a very sustainable, low impact material. By ‘low impact’ we mean the processes used to make it don’t impact the environment greatly, especially in comparison to other widely used materials.
So, is bamboo better?
To sum it up, I personally think yes! Bamboo has some great properties that add some pretty good benefits to clothing. In addition to that it’s sustainable and doesn’t cause as much harm to the environment.
Here at Natural Collection many brands (not just clothing) use bamboo in their products. It’s worth taking a look at our sustainability tag too, so you can find out which materials that have been made into products are sustainable and have not greaty impacted the environment.
Do you own any bamboo clothing? What do you think of it? Let us know!
If you browse our fashion range you’ll hopefully notice a theme – it’s made from sustainable materials. But what is a sustainable material, and why does it matter what your clothes are made of? Our shopping habits have changed over the last decade, we are buying more clothes than ever, and it’s having an impact on our environment. Sustainable materials are those that have minimal environmental impact when they are grown, made and degrade, typically the clothes made from these materials last longer too.