Bamboo is one of the most common materials used for producing plastic-free products. Although, many people question its popularity referring to pandas, deforestation and other environmental impacts of bamboo cultivation. According to this, we decided to talk about all the differences and circumstances of growing bamboo and wood, and thus help make more responsible and conscious decisions for everyone.

Bamboo is the new plastic

Bamboo is getting more and more popular today, similar to plastic many years ago. It is the best alternative for plastic thanks to its durability, easy formability and long life. Unlike plastic, bamboo does not last forever, but is 100% compostable which means they get back to nature’s cycle after getting worn out.

Along with all these benefits, some misconceptions and misbeliefs also spread, just like that purchasing bamboo products endangers the natural habitat of pandas. However, the truth is that the bamboo pandas eat and the one that is used for production are two different type of bamboos growing in two different areas. Hence, there is no reason to worry about pandas.

Bamboo or wood?

There are some indispensable facts and viewpoints to take into consideration before deciding between bamboo or wood.

First of all, trees are getting cut at the age of 20-50 after reaching their suitable condition for logging. This means that after cutting all the trees, an additional 30 years is required to get wood again from that area.

In contrast, bamboo is getting harvested in every 2-4 years when reaching the right condition, which generally happens within 2-6 years depending on the species.

Another important thing is that while the roots of trees die after felling and emit harmful coal, rhizomes of bamboo does not die and is therefore capable of producing new growth without releasing any damaging by-products and causing soil-erosion. Thanks to this, bamboo can be logged more often than wood in more eco-friendly circumstances, and is a great solution to revitalize used lands.

Finally, felling and transporting trees require to use large machines and tons of fossil fuel, while bamboo can be harvested by hand or with smaller equipment. Besides this, thanks to its rapid growth and the possibility of cutting it in stages, bamboo helps absorb about 12 tons of carbon-dioxide and returns 35% more oxygen to air than any other similar wooded areas. On top, bamboo uses a huge amount of nitrogen for growing, thus helping reduce water pollution.

Dangers of bamboo cultivation

Bamboo cultivation has been spreading and growing fast in the past few years. Unfortunately, new ways of using bamboo has grown due to the high population growth, which has led to the exploitation of existing, naturally grown bamboo fields. Consequently, there are strict regulations for bamboo cultivation and in certain countries, it has been banned.

For this reason, the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification is essential, which grants that the product originates from forestry where biodiversity and ecological balance are both assured.

All things considered, opting for bamboo can promote the slowdown of tropical deforestation, preserve biodiversity and absorb huge amount of carbon in the long run – our responsibility is only to stay conscious and choose well. As a first step towards that, visit our webshop and check out all bamboo products.

(Source: New Bamboo Industries and Pro-Poor Impacts: Lessons from China and Potential for Mekong Countries, FAO 2006)

Transitioning to zero waste, sustainable lifestyle does not happen overnight. In fact, it is a long process with lots of ups and downs, doubts, uncertainty and often disappointment. When it comes to travelling, all these feelings tend to get stronger and make us feel frustrated. As a solution, now we share some tips on how to become a sustainable traveller.

  1. Direct flight

When planning your next trip, keep in mind to book the most direct flight option. Unfortunately, aeroplanes have the biggest ecological footprint due to their harmful fuel emission, which can increase with every take-off and landing. Though prices can sometimes seem much higher, note that long waiting hours between flights can cost expensive airport meals and even services, not to mention the unpleasant amount of wasted time.

  1. Carbon-free transport

Wherever you are travelling, always try to choose self-propelled options for transportation. They are actually good both for your health and the environment. Every time you travel, you are responsible for the place you are visiting and choosing carbon-free ways of transport like walking, cycling or even kayaking will also help you take the time to discover the most beautiful moments of the location.

  1. Sustainable accommodation

Luckily, sustainable accommodations become more and more fashionable and wide-spread these days and not having any certified eco-labels is almost awkward. These accommodations usually purchase products from local businesses, use renewable energy sources, offer self-propelled transportation options or even grow their own vegetables and fruits. Their mission is always to conserve and protect the local environment and help tourists do the same.

  1. No single use plastics

Avoiding single use plastics completely while travelling is almost impossible, but there are some easy hacks in order to minimize it. One of the biggest problems on Earth is plastic bottles and it gets especially important when travelling. Although, it can easily be solved with a reusable water bottle that you can take with you anywhere you go. There are endless options on the market to choose from, starting from glass through stainless steel to easily portable silicone bottles.

  1. Leave No Trace

The ultimate sustainable guide for travellers is The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace, an international organisation that has set the global standard for outdoor ethics. The aim of this is to ensure and preserve the long-term health of our nature while maintaining sustainable recreation in nature. Their number one rule is to “take only photos and leave only footprints”, which is complemented with The Seven Principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimise campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of your hosts and other visitors

Applying these points will help you become a more responsible, conscious traveller and thus maintain your eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle even when travelling. Additionally, a sustainable holiday will give you a new dose of motivation to keep up with your plastic-free journey in your everyday life too.

Switching to a zero waste, plastic-free lifestyle is not as easy as it first seems. While gradually changing things to alternatives, it is important to keep in mind that just because you cannot wait to purchase those stylish, beautiful sustainable products, wasting those you already have would be a big mistake. Since the bathroom is a place where consumable products are usually used, it can be quite easy to completely switch to be plastic-free. According to this, here are five steps on how to do that!

1. Soap bars

Hand-washing liquids, shower gels and haircare products are always sold in the thickest plastic bottles that usually cannot even be recycled, so they get straight to the landfills and oceans. By purchasing handmade soap bars, you can not only support local businesses, but be aware of all the ingredients which are usually natural, avoiding to apply harmful chemicals on your skin and pollute the environment.

2. Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are one of the most commonly found rubbish in the oceans which would actually be easily eliminated. They have two versions available on the market at the moment, one is with plant-based plastic bristles that have to be plucked out and tossed away before composting, the other is with animal hair bristles which can be completely composted but is not vegan. If you seek to make your complete oral care plastic-free, the time has come to try an alternative for toothpaste as well.

3. Deodorant

The market is now full of with numerous organic deodorants that contain only natural ingredients. Although, the only problem is that most of their packaging is still not plastic-free. It is therefore almost impossible to find one that fits to your skin, smells good, consist of only skin- and environmentally-friendly ingredients and even comes in a plastic-free packaging. Finding it can take some time, but if you discover the right one, stick to it!

4. Facial pads

Facial pads are essential in a woman’s bathroom for removing makeup, cleansing the face etc. While they are made of 100% cotton, their production requires a lot of water and they cannot be composted. Luckily, there is a great alternative that are machine washable and reusable so many times. Besides keeping your skincare routine waste-free, facial rounds are also must-have investments for every bathroom.

5. Skin care

There are several fantastic recipes on the internet about how to make body lotion at home. Although, many people do not have time to experiment with them and purchasing the ingredients often involves more packaging than buying a ready-made lotion in the store. For this reason, if you really wish to make the perfect swap, it is worth looking for plastic-free, ready-made but also natural products, even if you need a fragrant, delicious lotion or a rich, nourishing butter for some extra care.

Once you have found the perfect products that meet all your needs, plastic-free lifestyle will become a child’s play. In the meantime, remember that the world does not need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, but millions of people doing it imperfectly.

Sarong is often worn as a fashionable beach accessory lately, although its ancient history is often unknown. It is probably hard to say when sarong’s history actually started, what is sure is that it has been widespread for both women and men in Asia, the Arab Peninsula and the horn of Africa, representing different historical meanings.

While men in Malaysia wear checked pattern sarongs only when going for Friday prayers to the mosque, Malay women wear it as everyday clothes. In the Persian Gulf, Arab fishermen of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean also wear sarongs. On the other hand, in Sri Lanka, sarongs are worn only by men mostly at home since it signifies the lower class in Sri Lankan culture.

In Indonesia, sarongs are everyday clothes worn by the general population. Due to the humid climate of the country, sarongs were the most suitable clothes for workers on the rice fields to navigate through the huge territories and were light and comfortable enough to easily move around. In addition, sarongs could have been used as head scarves to protect against strong sun exposure or even as carrying sacks which made them useful in everyday life as well.

Sarongs are traditionally dyed with an ancient technique, called “batik”, which has been in use for about 2000 years. It is a simple method when motifs are drawn on the fabric by melted wax and then are dyed with vegetable dye. The parts of fabric with wax on do not absorb dye, so patterns get clearly visible after wax is removed with hot water, showing off a light colour. Designs were heavily influenced throughout the centuries depending on cultural styles and the region they were made. In Indonesia, batik-dyed sarongs were the usual attire of women within society and aristocracy.

As a consequence of the flourish of Indonesia’s trade, sarong designs got refreshed by different cultures, including Chinese, Dutch, Javanese and Indo-European inspired motifs. According to this, classical Indonesian styles were completed with more colours and more abstract patterns, along with developing more cultural associations and different meanings.

The functionality of sarongs is endless, as they are suitable to wear in so many ways. Today, they are most popular with women who wear them as an outer garment covering for swimwear, wrapped around the waist as a skirt. Furthermore, there are several options for summer dresses, skirts, scarves, curtains and even bridal dresses also. Check out our sarong selection and choose your favourite style to keep up with the latest trends and save water at the same time.

Many people are afraid of switching to solid shampoo bars, especially women who have their usual, reliable products. Although, finding the perfect solid products can also take some time, but the persistent search is absolutely wort it. Why? Read on and discover their top benefits.

1. Package- and plastic free

Naturally, this is by far the most important reason to make the swap. Unfortunately, there are statistics summarising facts and numbers only about water bottles so the exact number of haircare bottles waste is still unknown. In fact, despite any statistics, shampoo bars do not require any packaging, or they sometimes covered only with a single piece of recyclable paper.

2. Concentrated ingredients

Everyone must remember that liquid products can only make an impact when quite a big amount is applied on the hair. The reason is written in the ingredients – water is the first component. In contrast, it is impossible to use too much of solid bars, especially if applied directly on the hair (which is usually the recommended use). In this way, solid bars can last even up for a year, depending on how many persons of the family use them.

3. Practical for travelling

Plastic free travelling is one of the best things in life, especially with shampoo bars which are guaranteed not to spill. Moreover, there is no need to worry about any liquid restriction or spending time with looking for the small version of the favourite products, along with using that hotels have in every room. The only thing to do is just to drop the solid bar into a cute travel tin, and it is ready to be ported.

4. Healthier hair

Thanks to the gentle and natural ingredients of shampoo bars, not only the planet is saved from harmful artificial chemicals but hair too. While a lot of them is often too drying or make hair messy and finding the most fitting one takes time, hair becomes much healthier, happier and shines much brighter in the long run. Less is more – hair is grateful for not burdening it with several artificial, and often unknown constituents.

5. Saving money

As we mentioned above, shampoo bars last much longer than their bottled counterparts. They are usually more expensive than traditional shampoos but since is enough from them to completely cleanse the hair, their price pays off multiple times. In addition, when hair gets used to the beneficial ingredients, the frequency of hair washing will also decrease.

At first glance, using solid shampoo bars may seem complicated but it is actually not. A few times of hair washing is enough to completely get used to the procedure and it finally gets easier than it has been with liquid products.

We can often meet the expression “BPA-free” on several products, especially on plastic-free items, but what does this actually mean? Why being BPA-free is a good point for a product? Read further, and be aware of the reason why to avoid it.

What is BPA?

BPA stands for bisphenol A which is an industrial chemical discovered in the 1890s but only used from the 1950s when chemists realized that it is able to make plastics strong and resilient after getting mixed with other components. BPA is used in containers produced for food and beverages, like water bottles, and can be found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. The latter is often used as the inner lining of canned food containers to prevent metal from corroding.

What effects does it have on the human body?

Researches has shown that BPA is present in human bodies in a remarkable level. The reason being is that during the production of BPA containers, some BPA molecules does not get unsealed into the product, hence are able to break free and seep into any food or beverages. A recent study confirmed 66% decrease of BPA level in urine of those participants who avoided packed foods for three days.

BPA is considered to be able to mimic both the function and structure of estrogen hormone and in this way have influence on body processes, such as cell repair, foetal development, energy level and growth. The hormone system is an extremely sensitive part of the body and can be easily moved out of its balance. Studies proved that women with frequent miscarriages had three times as much BPA in their blood as women with successful pregnancies. Besides, another study found that those men who had higher BPA levels also had 3-4 times lower sperm concentration and sperm count.

These statistics are only a few from those that linked BPA with other diseases and damaging effects like type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, liver functions, polycystic oval syndrome (PCOS), brain function, heart disease and negative impact on babies along with premature delivery.

How to reduce your BPA exposure?

Though it is really hard to completely avoid BPA plastics these days, we give you some tips that help you break up with this harmful chemical.

  • Choose silicone
    Unlike BPA plastics, silicone containers are much better for both human health and the environment, and are highly durable which allow you to use them for a long time. The Bübi Water Bottles are a great choice to get rid of BPA bottles.
  • Avoid packaging
    Discover the local markets and craft food around your home and choose whole, fresh unpacked foods. Stay away from cans and plastic containers labelled with the recycling numbers 3 (PVC – Polyvinyl Chloride) or 7 (BPA, Polycarbonate and LEXAN) and the letters “PC” (Polycarbonate).
  • Avoid heat
    The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences advises not to put polycarbonate plastics into microwave oven or dishwasher, since plastic molecules can break down over time thus letting BPA get into food.
  • Use alternatives
    In fact, quality of plastics is gradually decrease during recycling which means that they end up at the communal waste facilities. However, stainless steel, glass or porcelain can be recycled for infinite times, and they do not have toxic impact nor on your health, neither the environment.

Reducing BPA in your household does not mean you have to give up on essential items you use on a daily basis. It is about the replacement of materials that last longer, better quality and have no unhealthy effects. Look around in our webshop and switch to sustainable options!

We must face the fact that most people still do not keep environmental protection in mind when going to the store. They simply do not see and cannot imagine the harm that a bottle of shampoo can do to the planet. Although, switching to a plastic-free, eco-friendly lifestyle does not mean to have lack of anything – what is more, having reusable, best quality and longer lasting items instead, that can serve us even for years, without putting any pressure on the environment and on our health. According to this, here are five things why it is worth changing.

  1. Saving money

Though eco-friendly products can seem more expensive at first sight compared to those items that are available in stores, it is crucial to keep in mind that they actually last way much longer. Since eco-friendly products made from recycled or “well-recyclable” materials, such as metal, wood or glass, they are super durable and better quality. For instance, purchasing a Bübi Silicone Bottle and keeping it with you all the time can prevent you to buy a bottle of water in the closest store every time you get thirsty, and throw away the plastic bottle in a few hours.

  1. Improving health

It is not enough to think about the harmful impacts we put on the environment, but the effects that we are poisoning our own body with. All cleaning, hygiene and cosmetic products contain enormous amount of chemicals and artificial compounds that can cause several illnesses, diseases and allergies, damaging both the human body and the ecosystems. The best thing about eco-friendly products is that they are made from all-natural components, eliminating all the risky factors, just like the SOP Handmade, Cold Pressed Soap bars that were created with organic essential oils in several magnificent fragrances.

  1. Making things easier

Besides being eco-friendly, of course, the best features of these products are practicality and simplicity. Switching to a sustainable lifestyle may take time, but after getting used to that, it makes life much easier. Due to the durability of eco-friendly products, you do not have to pay attention to something that is about to run out all the time. In this way, you can spend less time with doing the shopping and eco-friendly products are all easily available in one place, or can be ordered online. Think about how much Non-Plastic Straws or Bamboo Toothbrush could help especially when travelling.

  1. Influencing demand

Economy and the market are driven by demand, i.e. every single purchase of people is a vote for the product they buy. According to this, if everyone started investing in eco-friendly products, market leaders and the biggest companies would realize that they must adapt to the changes. For example, if people changed from cotton pads to Re-usable Facial Rounds, the demand for cotton pads would dramatically decline and their production, which actually uses several litres of water would slowly stop.

  1. Personal morals and fair trade

In addition to being all-natural and biodegradable, most eco-friendly products are not tested on animals and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. On the other hand, they are often crafted by local manufacturers, hence eliminating the possibility of poor manufacturing, mass production or unfair working conditions. At the same time, this means that with buying eco-friendly products, you can support local companies, artisans too. For inspiration, check out our wide range of bags which are not only eco-friendly but super unique as well.

It is never too late to turn your lifestyle sustainable, even starting with a few, small changes. Visit our website for inspiration and solutions, and start to act now.