Plastic is all around us. If we look around at items we use every day, the majority will be made of, or contain, some plastic. The world definitely could not be where it is today without plastic. It makes our lives easier and it’s more convenient on many levels but as we’re all too aware, the downside is that it doesn’t go away when we throw it away.
Plastic doesn’t break down - it just sits on the earth for a very, very long time – perhaps even forever. While recycling has become more common place in recent years, it’s scratching the surface. Plastic continues to be used and produced.
Currently it’s a little too ambitious to say we should live plastic-free as there are not always sustainable plastic alternatives available but a little investigation shows that a lot more research is going into finding other options.
Lots of companies are now looking to produce plastic alternatives with renewed fervor as consumer become increasingly concerned about plastic packaging. Here are some of the alternatives that are being investigated at the moment:
What are Mama Bamboo doing?
We would love to be able to produce a 100% biodegradable nappy and whilst we probably could it would not be a very effective nappy. But this is the crucial part of sustainability isn’t it – we want to be more environmentally friendly but we still need what we use to be effective and not create more problems or waste.
Bamaboo nappies are currently up to 80% biodegradable because we felt it was important for the nappies to work well in addition to being eco-friendly. That does not mean however that we are happy with that! We are constantly looking at alternatives to make our nappies more biodegradable and here is what we have changed so far:
Rest assured we continue to do further research to find viable, eco-friendly options for our nappies with the hope that at some point we will be able to have a nearly 100% biodegradable nappy.
Jennie Potts a wife, mother and the other half of Mama Bamboo. Following a career break, she has jumped back in at the deep end: filling every role necessary for starting up a new company. When she is not investigating more sustainable living and more eco-friendly products she exercises to keep her sane; attempts to manage the 3 men in her life (her husband, her son and her dog) with limited success and on the rare occasion of a quiet moment can be found in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book.
It’s not easy to compare nappies, particularly from an ‘eco’ perspective, so we have done the comparison for you. We’ve stripped out the ‘fluffy’ descriptions, to give you the comparable facts - what materials are used in the nappies and how biodegradable they are – we’ve even checked what packaging is used.