The Clean, Strong, Sustainable Wood...That Isn’t Even Wood

November 16, 2016

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Consider this: the answer to deforestation could be as simple as a piece of grass.

Not just any piece of grass.  A tough, sturdy, anti-bacterial piece (or pole, rather) of the fastest-growing species of grass in the world: bamboo.

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Did that surprise you?

Bamboo is a woody grass, but it’s easy to mistake for a tree.  And that’s exactly why it’s becoming a game-changer for forest conservation and healthy, sustainable living: it doesn’t just look like wood...it outperforms it.  Bamboo fibers are actually much more durable and flexible than hardwood.    

For most hardwood trees, such as oaks or maples, a full growth cycle may take 30 to 60 years.  Considering all the things we make from timber -- paper, furniture, pencils, and buildings to name a few -- you can imagine how easily we could run out of it.

Bamboo doesn’t have that problem; it’s fast-growing.  

And when we say fast, we mean fast.

 Some species can grow up to four feet in just 24 hours.  If we grew that fast, kids who were too short to ride the rollercoaster in the morning need only hang around until the afternoon!

Most species of bamboo reach maturity in just a few years, and can be harvested every year after.  Bamboo grows from a rhizome -- a root system that expands underground.  New shoots sprout up from the rhizome on their own, and grow into stalks.  So there’s rarely a need for replanting, and -- bonus points -- these roots stabilize the soil and keep erosion at bay.

Bamboo is highly water efficient, using only about ⅓ as much water as cotton -- a favorable argument for buying bamboo textiles.  It also sucks carbon dioxide out of the air four times faster than trees, and puts out about 35% more oxygen back into the atmosphere.

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You’ve heard that bamboo is lucky, right?  It’s practically invincible!  

The fibers naturally contain an antibacterial bio-agent called “bamboo kun”.  This means the grass can grow free of microbes and fungus.  That, paired with the fact that bamboo has no natural consumers, means there’s no need to use pesticides of any kind on this grass.  

That antibacterial agent remains in the fibers even after we process it for its many uses.  This makes bamboo ideal for cutting boards, toothbrush handles, clothes, and other household products that are potential breeding grounds for all kinds of nasty bacteria.

So bamboo is stronger, cleaner, more environmentally beneficial, and it grows super fast...what’s not to love?  

It’s one of those great win-win situations where green living doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality, and that’s a crucial part of MABLE’s mission.

 

So tell us: what kinds of bamboo products have you tried?  

Cover photo by Rolf Hartbrich



7 Responses

MABLE
MABLE

December 16, 2016

Hi CASSANDRA,

Our MABLE brushes are crafted from sustainably harvested bamboo, close to where our brushes are manufactured in China. The bamboo is organic because as mentioned in the above blog it is naturally resistant to bacteria and fungus, so needs no treatment. You can read more information about other parts of our brush on our “Meet Mable” page and please don’t hesitate if you have anymore questions.

Cassandra Stanley
Cassandra Stanley

December 15, 2016

Hello! I’m interested in buying a tooth brush but would love to know more about how these are made and where the bamboo is resourced from!

Thanks!

MABLE
MABLE

December 04, 2016

Hi Isidra -

Thank you for the note. Most likely Yes plastic toothbrushes unfortunately will end up in a landfill or in worst cases in the oceans. MABLE was created to reduce plastic waste. The handle is fully biodegradable, so when you are done using it you can toss it in the compost. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Cheers!

ISIDRA MCCRACKEN
ISIDRA MCCRACKEN

December 04, 2016

I attended the San Francisco Green Festival but I did not notice this toothbrush there. My question is, after using toothbrush for 3 months what we can do now? is this going to end up in the Landfill?

Isidra

Gilmar Arellano
Gilmar Arellano

November 18, 2016

I’ve used bamboo chopping boards and and plates! I really love the fact of how sustainable bamboo is. Thank you for sharing all this great info. Cheers!

MABLE
MABLE

November 17, 2016

Hi Dolores -

We are thrilled to know that you are enjoying your MABLE toothbrushes! We will continue to write about sustainability and the environment in our lifestyle blog. Stay Tuned!

Cheers!

Dolores Gaona
Dolores Gaona

November 17, 2016

I attended the San Francisco Green Festival and bought a few of your toothbrushes. So far I’m liking it. I’ve bought wood toothbrushes before and had issues with the bristles falling out of the handle. I am very concerned about our environment and I don’t mind paying more for a product knowing that it is environmentally friendly & sustainable.

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