★ THE SCARY TRUTH ABOUT BAMBOO ★

I'll keep this short and sweet people!

Marketing is everything. "Bamboo! it's so amazing, it's 100% natural and biodegradable" 

Don’t be fooled, reusable bamboo cups are NOT safe for hot drinks such as coffee or tea, neither are they 100% biodegradable. It's so important to do your own research through credible sources. 

I am an organic chemist and I don’t like when things are marketed to deceive unsuspecting consumers.

Many reusable coffee cups are being manufactured with bamboo and being labelled as “eco friendly”, “BPA and PTHALATE FREE”. This is a marketing ploy.

Firstly, those two compounds are not the only compounds that are harmful to your health.  Reusable bamboo cups contain “melamine” (
ME (2,4,6-triamino-s-triazine)) which is an extremely harmful plastic that, when heated, leeches harmful chemicals into your food and drink. Worse still, most melamine has formaldehyde in it, which is a known carcinogen ☠️Bamboo must have a resin which holds it together - this resin is melamine!

Now let’s talk about how biodegradable they really are. For something to be classified as biodegradable, it needs to be able to be degraded naturally without specific conditions like compostable materials. Throw your bamboo/melamine cups into the recycling bin at the end of life and you have just contaminated the recycling process which ends up in landfill and take hundreds of years to biodegrade. Oh and melamine is NOT biodegradable. So yeah, I'd be happy stayin' with my glass or silicone cups!

So do your research people! Don’t be fooled by marketing BS that targets naive and unsuspecting consumers. 

Articles used in this blog:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3167660/

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/formaldehyde/formaldehyde-fact-sheet

https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/81479/is-bamboo-based-plastic-less-likely-to-leak-chemicals

https://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/consumers/ucm199525.htm

http://www.ua-bw.de/pub/beitrag.asp?subid=1&Thema_ID=3&ID=2010&lang=EN&Pdf=No

 

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