Read more about the article #PlantBamboo, #UseBamboo, #CompostBamboo
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#PlantBamboo, #UseBamboo, #CompostBamboo

So... what do you do when your bamboo item has reached the end of its life? Is bamboo compostable? Well, this depends greatly upon what the item is composed of... Composting is a great way to recycle yard waste such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, weeds, and dead houseplants, as well as food scraps from the kitchen. And if you have ever grown bamboo yourself, you will know that some (compostable) garden waste is produced. Is the product 100% bamboo? The rule of thumb is – if the item that is made of bamboo is just made of a piece of bamboo without additional elements like glue, paint, plastic / inorganic parts, then you can compost it. If you are unsure, please check with the brand that you bought the item from! For example, although the majority of bamboo toothbrush handles are natural, toothbrush bristles are mostly composed of inorganic matter. In order to prepare it for compost, clip the bristles using scissors and snap the toothbrush into smaller pieces. Most bamboo washing-up brushes are natural, and they mostly have natural bristles too, but check for any metal components before compositing! The same principles need to be considered when deciding whether or not to compost your bamboo items - even something which you would consider simple, like Bamboo Cutlery! Jungle Culture have a great infographic on their site which summarises this: Source: The Bamboo Straws we looked at earlier in the week can also be composted on the provision that…

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Construction, Building & Architecture
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#PlantBamboo for Construction, Building & Architecture

Bamboo’s ability to grow in the tropical, subtropical, or even temperate areas makes it an abundantly available plant in the world. As bamboo is so versatile, this renewable resource is often used in many applications, some of which I have covered already, but notably for construction, building & architecture due to its good mechanical properties as a natural building material. Buildings account for: ~40% of global greenhouse gas emissions~50% of the world’s energy consumption~40% of raw materials. Bamboo has a long tradition of being used as a structural material where it grows natively. However, only a few dozen species are suitable for construction. Of these, Moso, Asper and Guadua are the most common. The Moso species native to China stores up to 250 tonnes of carbon per hectare – this is comparable to trees (but much more cost effective)! There is plenty of research out there which promotes bamboo as a more sustainable material for building and architecture: Bamboo has a tensile strength 1.5 times greater than steel which concludes that the strength properties of concrete can be enhanced by providing bamboo instead of steel (which is both costly, and non-renewable). In fact, bamboo is suggested as the best, economical and environment friendly alternative material for steel in masonry structures. As a "pioneer" plant (it grows in places no other plants can), bamboo is also a valuable tool for re-stabilising eroded landscapes, which additionally means that it does not have to compete with food crops for suitable land! Although it has…

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Cutlery
Jungle Culture Bamboo Cutlery

#PlantBamboo for Cutlery

Single-use plastic cutlery is one of the biggest contributors to the plight caused by plastic pollution. There are over 1600 known species, with thousands of uses. One of which is for the production of cutlery. Jungle Culture have a carpentry studio located approximately 150km from Hanoi, in the rural province of Thanh Hoa, where their bamboo cutlery is hand-carved. The topography of Thanh Hoa province (large swathes of the region are covered in steep, rocky mountains) and the high annual rainfall (3 times more than the average in London) makes it the perfect location bamboo to grow in abundance. The bamboo is then sustainably farmed by the locals who have used it for the construction of their homes and handicrafts for generations. The local craftspeople are committed to supporting ethical and organic production and, using only basic tools, they worked closely with the Jungle Culture team in order to perfect the unique, durable and organic cutlery from the bamboo which they had worked with all their lives. The resulting handmade bamboo utensils are designed to last a lifetime - a far superior product than disposable, plastic cutlery! With combatting plastic waste by ditching disposables in mind, and in order to create a product which would be practical for taking on picnics, meals on the go or camping trips, Jungle Culture created sets of cutlery presented in a stylish natural jute bag - not only a coveted accessory, but a work of art! Product Review: Bamboo Cutlery by Jungle Culture Once again, I…

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Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Fabrics, Yarn & Fashion
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#PlantBamboo for Fabrics, Yarn & Fashion

“35% of all micro plastics in the world’s oceans are from synthetic textiles”

International Union for Conservation of Nature

There are over 1600 known species of Bamboo across many parts of the tropics and subtropics, with thousands of uses – including for the production of fabrics and yarn for the fashion industry.

Why choose (clothing made) from Bamboo fabric?

Bamboo is environmentally friendly: not only is it a renewable resource, but pesticides and fungicides are not required during farming. In fact, there is no other plant used in clothing that is as well-suited and gentle on our precious planet than Bamboo.


Read more about the article #PlantBamboo for Straws
Jungle Culture - Straws in a pile

#PlantBamboo for Straws

Bamboo is a ubiquitous sight across many parts of the tropics and subtropics, and is the fastest growing plant on the planet (reaching full maturity in around 3-5 years) and can be found in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Bamboo can be an important part of sustainable development in the Global South, particularly as a tool for poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation.

Jungle Culture - Jungle Straws
Jungle Culture – Jungle Straws

There are over 1600 known species, with thousands of uses. One of which is for the production of drinking straws.


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Read more about the article World Bamboo Day 18th September 2021
Bamboo - a beautiful green feeling by Clement Souchet on Unsplash

World Bamboo Day 18th September 2021

Bamboo by Alejandro Luengo on Unsplash
“Lucky Bamboo Trunk” by Alejandro Luengo on Unsplash

Where bamboo grows naturally, it is in daily use. However, its utilisation has not always been sustainable due its exploitation. As technology develops, and new “greener” innovations are made, bamboo is reaching a more contemporary audience worldwide: Bamboo products are now available in more extensive markets, they are gaining acceptance daily, and are changing the way we build our new environment.

World Bamboo Day has been celebrated for over a decade now, in order to increase the awareness of bamboo globally.
Zero Waste Llama will be celebrating this day…. all week!


Over next 7 days, we will be showcasing and reviewing Bamboo as an alternative for the products that we use on a daily basis, and we will take a look at what choosing such products, brings to the local economies where it is grown, and the impact that this can make on our environment.

We will present straws to cutlery, toilet paper to tooth brushes… and spin a yarn for those who knit and sew amongst us!


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Head Shave for The Little Princess Trust

COVID-19 has blessed me with 40 cm of hair…. today it will be shaved for wigs for The Little Princess Trust, and hopefully to raise some money for them too!

Wish me luck!

You can donate to their JustGiving page by clicking here.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to Little Princess Trust, so it’s the most efficient way to give – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

The after photos will be posted below!


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Read more about the article Become your own Brand: Sustainable sewing
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Become your own Brand: Sustainable sewing

In sewing an item from scratch – either using purchased materials or upcycling old items – you will experience the time, skill and patience it takes to create an item of clothing or accessory. Your journey to self sufficiency moves forward, and mending, fixing, upcycling and creating new, bespoke/tailored and exciting items becomes an enjoyable hobby: you become your own brand!

If you are interested in sustainable sewing projects, or maybe have been motivated to look into this more during COVID-19 lockdowns, here are a few ideas, patterns and links – I just hope that in inspires just one other person to replace one item which they usually buy, with a home-made / upcycled item:  By sewing your own clothing and/or accessories, you are choosing a leisurely, more sustainable lifestyle and, at the same time, making a stand against fast fashion.

Photo by Merve Sehirli Nasir on Unsplash
Photo by Merve Sehirli Nasir on Unsplash

Your sewing skills can be used to dramatically reduce the number disposable items and products you use.

IMAGE Fewer disposables = less in landfill = more pennies in your pocket = you and the planet that little bit happier

Here are a few ideas to get you started – small steps make a huge difference! (Remember: google is your friend, and there are sew many patterns, instructions and videos out there, you are bound to find instructions and/or a tutorial which suits you and your capabilities!)

At the end of the day, the possibilities are endless…. If you need something, look online to see how to make it yourself!  Upcycle old clothing into bags, wraps and even into NEW clothing items! You can let your imagination go wild, learn some new skills, and create a more sustainable way of living.


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Read more about the article My carbon footprint & why I can’t do nearly enough
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My carbon footprint & why I can’t do nearly enough

The truth of it is that, for Joe Bloggs and I, aiming for zero waste is truly difficult – alone the fact that I have not managed to source all the items I need for MY everyday life without plastic is both frustrating and deeply saddening. Some issues arise due to my disability / health and others due to low/reduced income (2020 was difficult for most businesses thanks to COVID-19), and yet more because I ordered something which is eco / zero waste / compositable etc., but it turns out it has travelled the world in order to arrive at my doorstep. I am also not in a position to change some things at this time, e.g. gas usage due to cost and feasibility. Even without a car, without taking a bus, without buying products wrapped in plastic, I managed to STILL leave a significant footprint on this planet.


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For those who sew: Gütermann Recycled Sewing Thread

Gutermann Recycled Sew-All Thread Set 20pk - Basics
Gutermann Recycled Sew-All Thread Set 20pk – Basics

As an avid sewer – and I know that I am not alone here – I take pride in repairing and upcycling items in order to lower my carbon footprint. I also know Gütermann to be one of the best brands of sewing thread in the world! I have recently discovered Gütermann Sew-all Thread rPET. Not only can they be implemented for a variety of fabrics and stitches, but they are made from 100 % recycled polyester!


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