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Bamboovement X Happy Tabs X KLM

For the true explorers out there, every journey is an opportunity to learn and discover something new. Today, we uncover the hidden benefits of eco-friendly amenity kits for airlines and how they can enhance your travel experience while being mindful of the environment. Collaboration increases impact and reach, which is why two Dutch startups partnered to revolutionise and inspire people to live more sustainably every day. Bamboovement aspires to be a one-stop shop for eco-friendly personal care products. Happy Tabs is dedicated to providing you with the best natural and plastic-free oral care. 

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A jar of toothpaste tablets with a bamboo toothbrush. (Credits: Bamboovement)

Triple Dutch: Bamboovement x Happy Tabs x KLM

Bamboovement and Happytabs accomplished the first 11,000-metre-high scoop in early September with KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, as the first client in the airline category. Bamboovement x Happytabs x KLM coming together has made it possible for travellers to enjoy amenities free of plastic. These eco-friendly amenity kits, available to KLM premium economy class passengers, include plastic-free items like toothpaste tablets and a bamboo toothbrush. This initiative demonstrates KLM's dedication to a more environmentally friendly future, where Bamboovement and Happy Tabs are proud suppliers of these eco-friendly signature products.

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KLM's amenity kit contains a bamboo toothbrush and toothpaste tablets. (Credits: Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

The power of eco-friendly amenities

Yearly, more than 1 billion plastic toothpaste tubes, floss, and toothbrushes end up in landfills and oceans. This alarming statistic underlines how much we need to reduce our plastic waste. We've got a long way ahead of us. So, we have to look for creative opportunities. Large-scale changes allow the transformation to have a significant and long-lasting impact. That is why we hope the triple Dutch collaboration inspires other airlines, as well as hotels, resorts, night trains, and any long-distance carriers, to switch to plastic-free amenity kits and reduce their environmental impact.

We grow and learn along with the industry to give customers the most satisfying and sustainable experience possible. We firmly believe in the power of eco-friendly amenities and how they enable us to travel more harmoniously with the environment. Every small step counts, and collectively, we can make a magnificent difference in reducing plastic waste. We are honoured to contribute to a green future. 

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Coffee while reading a book
Having coffee while reading a book

What are your thoughts on coffee? Jackie Chan claims that coffee is a language in and of itself. Coffee enthusiasts couldn't agree more. A coffee-to-go is a lifesaver, especially if you leave home early, take a break from work, or go for a long city walk. But have you ever considered where your coffee comes from or how sustainable it is?

If you're interested in sustainable living, it's essential to consider the sustainability of the coffee you're drinking. So we made a list of key factors that will help you find out:

Is my coffee ethically and sustainably sourced, and how do I know?

Coffee grown sustainably and ethically offers better livelihoods to those who cultivate and process it while protecting the environment. It enables a transparent coffee chain by involving those who add real value to the bean-to-cup journey. As a result, both the impact of your cup of coffee and the lives of coffee farmers are improved. To help you choose wisely the next time you buy coffee, consider the Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certifications.

How much energy and water are used in the coffee brewing process?

You might be shocked that even fair-trade coffee's eco-friendliness can be improved. Ultimately, it all comes down to the brewing method and the amount of electricity and water required. If your coffee machine consumes a lot of energy, consider replacing it with a more sustainable alternative. An example of an easy-to-use and more eco-friendly option is the French press. It's a great place to start for those concerned about the environment. You only need a few things to make French-pressed coffee:

  • a press
  • a coffee bean grinder
  • some hot water

The coffee's intensity and flavour are well-known among French press aficionados. Another great way to make coffee with a low impact is by using a pour-over. You'll need:

  • a dripper
  • a filter
  • a kettle

These things can get you started on the path to great coffee with minimal waste. Don't worry—we did mention a filter. Paper filters are not required when making a pour-over. By investing in reusable filters, you can prevent the waste that comes with using disposable ones. There are many more ways to make the ideal brew—these are just a few to get you started. 

Preparation of French press and pour over coffee
Preparation of French press and pour over coffee

How do I know if my coffee has recyclable or compostable packaging?

About 3% of the carbon footprint of the entire coffee supply chain is caused by packaging. Paper, plastic, and aluminium are usually used for coffee packaging. It is harmful to the environment if plastic packaging is not correctly sourced, produced, transported, and discarded. For something to be considered truly "green," it must either be biodegradable, or the packaging must be reusable or recyclable. Rice paper and unbleached kraft paper are among the most widely used eco-friendly materials to make coffee bags. These natural substitutes are created from the rice-paper plant, bamboo, tree bark, or wood pulp. Choose eco-friendly options, buy coffee with FSC-certified packaging whenever possible, and minimise your coffee’s environmental impact.

Why should I use a reusable coffee cup?

Switch to a reusable cup or mug if you accept disposable coffee cups. That way, you'll be ready when single-use plastic cups and containers are banned in July 2023.

More benefits?

  • The coffee aroma in a glass cup or mug is stronger, and its flavour is more pleasant. So get your coffee and relax, knowing you are protecting the environment with your reusable cup. 
  • Did you know many coffee shops, including chain stores, offer a discount if you bring a reusable cup? Using a reusable coffee cup has benefits beyond environmental preservation. You'll be happy with your savings later! Some examples of shops and chains that offer discounts are Starbucks, Billie Cup at EAST, Dunkin' Donuts and many more.
Coffee and art
Coffee and art

There are some other creative solutions as well. For example, reusable cups made of natural rice husks rather than plastic by Huskup. Another alternative, De Koffiejongens, sells coffee cups made of corn and sugarcane, which you discard with organic waste after use. Within three weeks, their cups decompose into compost - so cool! 

Enhancing the sustainability of your coffee consumption is possible in a variety of amazing ways. So, next time you're going for a takeaway coffee on a cold winter day, pause to think about how eco-friendly it is. Spread the love for sustainable coffee by sharing this article! For additional tips on building a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, visit the Bamboovement blog.

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Bamboo forest

The story of bamboo starts with the plants themselves. Over the past decade, the popularity of bamboo has increased to create materials and products that offer competitive sustainability like never before. Bamboo, a type of grass, is used to make many products, from furniture to clothing. As a result, it has many advantages when it comes to sustainability and living a healthy lifestyle. 

Bamboo is a symbol of strength, flexibility, and growth. 

Did you know this about bamboo?

Bamboo can grow up to 36 inches in 24 hours and is one of the world’s fastest-growing plants. It can also be grown without pesticides or fertilizers, which makes it an environmentally friendly choice for sustainable living.

Bamboo products

There are many bamboo products, from furniture to clothes to even food! In fact, bamboo has been used as an ingredient since ancient times in Asia. It contains more than twice the amount of protein that other plants do.

Bamboo is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal, and it has only recently been employed in personal care products. Bamboo has been popular due to its natural features as a sustainable resource that neither damages the environment nor human health. Bamboo fibers do not contain natural resins, so they do not have the same potentially harmful side effects as synthetic resins. Bamboo is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. All of this makes it an excellent substitute for many other materials found in personal care products. 

"The use of bamboo as an alternative to plastics has been increasing with the discovery of its natural properties."

Bamboovement eco-friendly products

At Bamboovement, the story of bamboo has inspired us. We offer a solution to plastic pollution by replacing disposable, daily-used plastic products with eco-friendly alternatives. All of our products are created in harmony with nature. Most of them are from Moso bamboo, which can grow up to one meter per day in optimal conditions. We have tried and tested our items. Our bamboo toothbrush, for instance, has FSC certification.

Together with like-minded people, we work on innovative ideas to rid our world of plastic waste every day. Bamboovement is a global movement inspiring people to choose personal care products that protect our planet. We are grateful to many people who want to make our planet cleaner and greener.

Panda eating bamboo leaves

Now, you might be wondering about the panda and bamboo.

“Life is better with a panda.“ We love pandas and their big eyes!

For the love of pandas, we can assure you that Bamboovement is completely safe for these adorable creatures. They prefer eating the leaves low to the ground, while the leaves of Moso bamboo grow too tall and are unreachable to them. 

What about the packaging?

In terms of packaging and shipping materials, we strive for maximum sustainability with the lowest environmental impact. That’s why we ship our parcels in recyclable cardboard packages with paper tape and minimize their impact by planting a tree for every single one!

Are you excited about our product line?

  • Shop here. We plant one tree for every new order.
  • Sign up for the newsletter and get 10% off your next order. We also plant one tree for every new subscriber!

Our goal is to offer a complete climate-neutral product range. To learn more about our sustainability initiatives, check out the Tree Planting Project.

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Poets jij je tanden elektrisch? Dan heb je vast wel eens gedacht dat duurzamere mondverzorging er gewoon niet in zat omdat elektrisch poetsen nou eenmaal het beste is voor je tanden. En dus gooi je iedere zoveel maanden weer zo’n plastic borsteltje weg. Terwijl jij hiervan hebt lopen balen, heeft de technologie grote sprongen gemaakt. Het is dankzij deze ontwikkelingen dat wij je nu kunnen voorstellen aan opzetborstels gemaakt van bamboe. Een langverwacht moment als het gaat om zowel duurzaam als elektrisch tandenpoetsen. Want dit betekent dat er eindelijk een milieuvriendelijk alternatief is voor het standaard Philips Sonicare opzetstuk.

Een lange tijd zijn plastic opzetborstels een doorn in het oog geweest. In ieder geval voor iedereen die elektrisch poetst en naar een volledig plasticvrije badkamer streeft. Eerder bestond er hiervoor namelijk nog geen duurzame optie. Maar hoeveel beter is de bamboe variant nou? En hoe verschilt het van reguliere Sonicare opzetstukjes? Je ontdekt het in deze blog aan de hand van een aantal cruciale vragen.

Waarvan worden bamboe opzetborstels gemaakt?

Waar elektrische poetsers eerder werden gedwongen de schadelijke standaard te gebruiken, kun je vanaf nu ook kiezen voor een nagenoeg natuurlijk exemplaar. De nieuwste uitvinding in de mondverzorging bestaat uit bamboe, plantaardige nylon en bio plastic. Het verschil in cijfers? Een opzetborstel waarmee je 88% plastic bespaart.

Het grootste gedeelte van het nieuwe opzetstuk is gemaakt van FSC-gecertificeerde bamboe. Dit betekent dat het afkomstig is uit verantwoord beheerde bossen. Mogelijk heb je ons al over bamboe horen opscheppen maar we zetten deze wonderlijke plant graag nogmaals in de schijnwerpers.

Bamboe is de snelst groeiende plant ter wereld en kan tot wel één meter per dag toenemen in lengte. Er komen meerdere bamboestengels uit één wortelstelsel en als je deze zorgvuldig oogst blijft het stelsel intact. Hierdoor schiet er na de oogst simpelweg nieuwe bamboe uit datzelfde wortelstelsel. Jaarlijks opnieuw aanplanten hoeft daarom niet. Om zo snel te kunnen groeien heeft de plant een hoop CO2 nodig, wat het vervolgens grotendeels opslaat in de wortels. Na het kappen van de stengels komt er nauwelijks CO2 vrij omdat het wortelsysteem gezond blijft en voortleeft. Het eindproduct is hard en flexibel tegelijk en daarmee ontzettend veelzijdig. Dit maakt bamboe de ideale plasticvervanger.

Bamboe Opzetborstels - Verse Bamboestengels
Nieuwe bamboestengels schieten uit hetzelfde wortelsysteem

Ook al bestaat het state-of-the-art opzetborsteltje grotendeels uit natuurlijke materialen, je kunt er nog niet 100% plastic mee besparen. Dit komt omdat de borstelhaartjes en het verbindingselement van bio plastic worden gemaakt. Voor de borstelhaartjes gebruiken we een plantaardige nylon van castorolie. Het verbindingselement, noodzakelijk om ervoor te zorgen dat het opzetstuk op je elektrische tandenborstel blijft zitten, heeft als basis maiszetmeel. Bio plastic is een flinke verbetering ten opzichte van aardolie maar toch houdt onze zoektocht hier niet op. Uiteindelijk streven we naar een volledig plasticvrij opzetstuk.

Hoe worden bamboe opzetborstels verpakt?

Bij The Bamboovement zijn we altijd bezig met innovaties die plastic (wegwerp)producten kunnen vervangen. Hierbij gaat de meeste aandacht natuurlijk uit naar het product zelf, maar ook de verpakking komt uitgebreid aan bod. Het antwoord op deze vraag is daarom kort maar krachtig: volledig plasticvrij.

De opzetborstels worden per stuk verpakt en zitten per vier in een doosje. Voor zowel de stukverpakking als het verzameldoosje gebruiken we kraftpapier. Dit is een biologisch afbreekbare papiersoort die wordt gemaakt van gerecycled materiaal.

Voor welke elektrische tandenborstels zijn ze geschikt?

Bamboe opzetstukjes zijn geschikt voor zowel kinderen als volwassenen. Maar helaas betekent dit niet dat ze op alle elektrische tandenborstels passen. Het milieuvriendelijke alternatief is gemaakt voor alle Philips Sonicare tandenborstels waarvan het serienummer begint met HX3, HX6 of HX9.

Dus, heb jij zo’n nummer in je badkamer staan? Twijfel dan niet langer nu er eindelijk een milieuvriendelijk alternatief op de markt is. Zorg goed voor zowel je tanden als je toekomst.

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Thanks for making time for this interview. Would you please introduce yourself shortly?

My name is Frank Koch, and I was born in Germany. Since my early days, my inquisitive nature triggered me to explore new things and take on challenges, shaping my life motto "carpe diem". By seizing the day, I aim to make a positive and lasting difference in everything I do, whether personally or professionally. After completing my degree in Industrial Engineering, I have been working with consumer goods companies all around the world to create brands and compete in international markets. I love sports, a good book and playing the piano.

What brought you to The Bamboovement?

A stroke of luck brought Joshua and me together. On my journey of working with ESG-focused companies to develop breakthrough business models and products, I met Joshua. We soon realized that we share a passion for creating things that make a meaningful difference to society. The Bamboovement's values of innovation, inclusiveness, and transparency match mine, and I enjoy working in a fast-paced, broad-thinking team.

What are your expectations for The Bamboovement in five years?

I would like to contribute to building The Bamboovement into a sustainable force for good. This includes cultivating our movement that inspires more and more people to live and consume products in harmony with nature and grow our company to such a scale that we will substantially impact society, retailers, and other companies to join our mission.

Can you tell us about the sustainable steps you took yourself?

Ever since my son explained the effects of the giant garbage patches that float in our oceans on nature, my mind can't stop thinking about what I can do to reduce waste and drive change within my community and a broader audience. We stopped using one-way plastic in our household. When we lived in Asia, I organized a beach clean-up in Hong Kong after a typhoon swept all the plastic in the sea onshore; it was terrible to see how much rubbish is in our oceans and impacts marine life and eventually all of us.

What is your best sustainable tip for fellow Bamboovers?

Dare to take the first step today instead of waiting to find the best way to live more sustainably. Many people doing something every day is better than only a few select people doing something occasionally. Start with tangible small steps and make them more prominent over time. Stop using plastic shopping bags; use public transport instead of a car; replace shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes with sustainable alternatives. There are so many ways, and it's so easy once you start doing it.

Excellent! Thank you for participating. Is there anything you'd like to ask the readers?

Don't wait for tomorrow, start now. Carpe diem – seize every day to make a difference.

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