100 Day Challenge #69: Patch yourself up with bamboo bandages
We came across PATCH bamboo bandages as we were scrolling through Instagram one day, and we decided to give them a try. To say that they surpassed all expectations would be an understatement, and when we did some extra research and looked into the company and their practices, we loved them even more!
We tried the Light Bamboo strips (they also have Panda, Tan, and Black Bamboo lines) and they were much softer on the skin than traditional adhesive bandages and stayed on until we were ready to take them off the following day. The packaging states they're “natural, breathable, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable" but it should also say "comfortable, light, and makes you feel great about not wrapping your wound in plastic and chemicals."
Why we love bamboo as a plastic alternative
Bamboo can sometimes take some heat from the environmental community for some the ways it's processed, but overall it's a great sustainable alternative for so many reasons!
Bamboo is a grass and not a tree, so production is easy on the environment.
It's one of the fastest growing renewable resources on the planet (it can grow several feet in one day!) and it requires little water (especially when compared to cotton) and no pesticides.
Bamboo absorbs five times more carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than a similar group of trees.
Bamboo fibers are lightweight, super flexible, and biodegradable; this makes them a great alternative to plastic.
Why we love PATCH and their products
As we said, the more we looked into PATCH, their products, and their processes, the more we fell in love with them. Here are the highlights:
Their products are made with 100% certified organic bamboo fiber.
PATCH bandages have added natural elements that have been proven to assist with wound recovery like coconut oil, aloe vera and activated charcoal (no nasty chemicals!).
They use a Lyocell production process to manufacture their bamboo cloth. Lyocell production is considered to be the most environmentally friendly method of manufacturing bamboo cloth fiber (when compared to the common chemical processing methods). The compounds used in this processing method are non-toxic and much safer for humans than other commercial processing chemicals. About 99.5% of the elements used are captured in a close-loop container, which means they can then be recycled with minimal amounts of them being released into the environment, avoiding air and water pollution.
We hope more companies will start thinking outside the plastic box and come up with more innovative alternatives made from bamboo like PATCH has. Next time you're in the market for some adhesive bandages, check out PATCH products and tell us what you think!