5 Products That You Didn’t Know Could Be Made from Bamboo

Bamboo is one of Earth’s most renewable resources. In some cases, bamboo plants have been found to grow 35 inches in one day making it truly the fastest growing plant on the planet. As such, many companies see the value in switching from making products from tradition tree-based materials and switching to making goods made from bamboo.

The list of bamboo items is endless but..

Here are the top 5 products that you probably didn’t know could be made from bamboo:

1. Paper towels

Trees take forever to grow, that’s pretty common knowledge. So why waste those trees on something so daily and wasteful as paper towels? There are so many companies out there that are using bamboo to make paper towel products. By switching to bamboo-made paper goods, it helps to keep more trees planted in the ground!

2. Toilet paper

Now this just goes hand in hand with bamboo paper towels. And the same sustainable reasons still apply! This is something that we use daily and frequently so we might as well make it an eco-friendly switch!

3. Clothing, and

4. Bed sheets made from bamboo

This is the product that blows everyone’s minds – “Clothing? Made from BAMBOO?!” Yes, it’s real. And it’s probably the softest material I have ever worn. However, if you’ve already experienced bamboo-made clothing, then you will love bamboo bed sheets. It is just as soft, and it has the same cooling effect. Not to mention, I love that it’s naturally moisture wicking. Instead of linking merchandise, I have linked companies that provide bamboo-made clothing and bed sheets.

5. Hair ties

Honestly this is something that rocked my world. While I was shopping at Walmart, I saw these hair ties. I know bamboo is versatile, but I never thought to see how it could be used with beauty accessories. So far, only Planet Goody is offering a variety of bamboo-made hair accessories.

I could go on and on about bamboo-made products. It truly serves as a great alternative to tree-based commodities. Going forward, I have no doubt that more companies will start making the switch to using this fast-growing, renewable resource.

If you have found value in this blog and want to learn more, be sure to check out my other blog, Four Products to Use to Be More Eco-Friendly.


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My Cost-Friendly, Lab Created Engagement Ring

Behind every loving relationship is the daunting financial task of purchasing an engagement ring. But it doesn’t have to be. My engagement ring with 2 carats that had professional jewelers fooled with how perfect the diamonds were for the price was only $1,700. How was it so cost-friendly? Because I have a lab-created engagement ring!

The average cost of engagement rings

The old bar that was set for the cost of an engagement ring was three month’s salary. Maybe it’s just my personal preference, but that’s pretty expensive! The average that American couples spent on an engagement ring in 2020 was $3,756, which is less than the $7,829 average couples spent in 2018! I am seeing other reports saying that $6,000 is also a fair, average price to pay for an engagement ring, and right now I am floored by those numbers.

So what are lab-created diamonds and why are they so inexpensive?

Well to be honest with you, they are exactly what they sound like. They are diamonds created in a lab. So yes, these diamonds are real, but no they were not dug up from the ground by someone. Everything about these diamonds has been perfected in a lab – color, cut, clarity, and carat. These can all be made to the exact specifications of what the buyer wants. Even when I took my ring in to a jeweler, the only reason they could tell that the diamonds were lab-created was because the inside of the band says “Lab Created”. Other than that, they said they would have had no idea. And if that isn’t validation without the price tag, then I don’t know what is.

Not to mention for my sustainability lovers out there, these rings are just that – ethically made and sustainable products! No need to worry about where your diamonds came from, or if mining workers were exploited or underpaid for their work. These diamonds are real, reliably sourced, and made in a safe environment. And who wouldn’t love the price difference on lab-created diamonds?

Where my fiancé bought mine

Kay Jewelers! Originally, I was looking at a very similar ring at Jared that was not made with lab-created diamonds, but somehow Cody knows what I like more than I do and picked this perfect one out for me with Kay. Even more so to compare pricing, the one I picked out at Jared was about $3,000 and was half a carat less in weight, and Cody bought my lab-created engagement ring at Kay for $1,700 and it also included a lifetime warranty on all the diamonds. Even looking at my ring right now on Kay Jewelers, it’s actually only $1,300!

Here are some other examples of lab-created engagement rings on Kay Jewelers (all are linked):

Overall, I adore my ring and I really don’t give a hoot about the diamonds being lab-created because they are perfect. And let’s be real, no one ever walks up to you and asks if your diamonds were created in a lab or if they were dug up from the ground. At the end of the day, they’re still diamonds!

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Four Products to Use to Be More Eco-Friendly

The Juni Essentials starter kit features a metal toothpaste wringer, a natural toothpaste with recyclable tubing, a bamboo toothbrush travel case, a toothbrush holder, and two bamboo toothbrushes - one with white colored bristles and one with charcoal colored bristles

Bamboo Toothbrush – Juni Essentials

In your lifetime, you will go through 300 toothbrushes. In one year alone, the amount of plastic toothbrushes that are thrown out worldwide could be laid out and wrapped around the Earth four times. What’s worse is that toothbrushes aren’t even recyclable! All that plastic is going into landfills so what can we do instead? Switch to a bamboo toothbrush from Juni Essentials! Bamboo is fully biodegradable and it is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth so it’s easily renewable. Lucky for you, Juni also offers a full line of products to make your dental hygiene top-notch as well as more sustainable. You can use the code DONNA20 to get 20% off of their products to get you started! Click here to shop!


Fair Trade Certified logo that features a stick figure man silhouette holding up a basket.

Shade Grown Coffee

This is such an important one to support because it helps to ensure that rainforests aren’t being destroyed to make fields to grow the beans. By not having rainforests and natural environments destroyed for coffee fields, it also ensures that the natural wildlife continues to have a home to live in. Many animals are shoved out of their homes and experience endangerment because of urbanization. Shade grown coffee also does not require chemical fertilizers and because being grown in the shade takes a little bit longer to grown, it actually makes the coffee bean taste better! It’s a win-win to switch! Click here to learn more about shade grown coffee and which brands you can shop!

Save money, save water, save clothes, and save plastic by switching to Dropps Laundry Detergent. This simple switch will help you be more eco-friendly in your everyday life! This picture shows the different sized boxes available for purchase!

Laundry Detergent – Dropps

We are all very aware of how bulky laundry detergent jugs are, and the plastic is so thick! Which is why it’s so upsetting that these are one of the must unrecycled products in our lives! Now you can just as easily start recycling your current jugs (which you definitely should), or you can switch to a product that doesn’t use single-use plastic. Try switching to Dropps! Literally everything about their process is eco-friendly and supports a sustainable laundry life. Click here to check Dropps out online!

Reusable Snack Bags

One family will go through around 500 plastic snack bags per years and, yes, they probably won’t be recycled. Now THAT’S a lot of plastic going into landfills. Buying reusable snack bags will not only limit your plastic use, but it will be cheaper for you long-term not having to continually buy more and more plastic bags! Reusable snack baggies can be found pretty much anywhere – Walmart, Kohl’s, Target, etc. I personally found that the ones at Target had some of the best prints, sizes, and styles. Click here to shop reusable snack bags from Target!

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