Bamboo dishcloth

£1.50

A fantastic, ecofriendly vegan alternative for plastic microfibre cloths

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Description

The best, eco-friendly dishcloth

Keep your home and the planet clean with our vegan bamboo dishcloth. Fully compostable; the bamboo fibre can return to the Earth at end-of-use.

The usual microfibre dishcloths are made of plastic. These microfibres are shed into rivers, watercourses and the sea. They will never biodegrade and thus cause long lasting pollution. This bamboo version is an eco-friendly alternative, but without the microplastics!

Cotton dishcloths are another good swap. However, huge amount of resources are required to grow the cotton. In contrast, bamboo is fast growing, requires little water and needs no pesticides.

How to use:

When dry, the surface of the dishcloth is uneven and slightly rough. Once wet, the dishcloth is smooth and a bit thicker than most traditional dishcloths. Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial. This helps prevent bacterial growth. Freshen up in the washing machine at 30 degrees Celsius, again and again. In addition, using in hot, soapy water will usually prevent bacteria build up.

Once a dishcloth reaches the end of it’s life, compost at home. It will fully biodegrade (there is no formal certification for this).

Specifications

100% rayon bamboo fibre with a minimal cotton base layer. The dimensions are approximately 22.5cm x 18.5cm.

Ethically sourced

The bamboo is organically grown in Fujian, China. Bamboo is native to this area. This means minimal land and water are required to produce each dishcloth.

The working conditions of the factory are good and comply with the local labour laws.

The factory packs the dishcloths into cardboard boxes containing 50 dishcloths. These boxes are placed in a larger boxes before being shipped economically by sea. No plastic bubble wrap is used in the supply chain. We receive them from the UK supplier by carbon neutral delivery. They are packed in cardboard boxes with paper packaging.

Why swap from a cotton dishcloth to a bamboo fibre variety? Information courtesy of www.plasticphobia.com

  • Cotton is a thirsty plant. 20,000 litres of water are needed to produce 1 kg of cotton!
  • As a popular crop, farmers are forced to grow cotton in areas that get little rainfall. This requires irrigation which divert water from rivers, having a profound affect on the local environment.
  • Production of cotton takes up 24% of the world’s pesticide use.

Advantages of Bamboo (Fabric)

1) It is naturally resistant to bacterial growth.  This prevents germs from multiplying.

2) It’s odour resistant. Bamboo can fight bacteria in a natural way, this means odour is unlikely to develop.

3) Studies show that bamboo is 40% more absorbent than cotton.

4) Bamboo fabric dries five times faster than cotton.

5) Bamboo fabric can hold three times more than its own weight. More than compared to cotton. Perfect for dishwashing.

6) The fabric is more breathable than cotton.

7) Bamboo is  hypoallergenic.

8) Bamboo is a highly renewable plant that can replenish itself.

9) It grows faster than cotton. And as it is grown organically, uses minimal resources.

10) The fibre can be composted.

11) While growing, the bamboo removes carbon dioxide from the environment.

How is Bamboo rayon fibre made?

The harvested bamboo is cut into smaller pieces. Then the bamboo is soaked in a solution using a closed loop process. This breaks  the bamboo fibres down. These fibres are extracted and made into parchment-like sheets. Fluffy bamboo viscose fibre is then produced by milling the sheets. This fibres are then separated and spun into a thread. The viscose/rayon which is produced is then woven into the bamboo dishcloths.

 

Additional information

Weight 0.026 kg

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