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Top 5 Reasons to Use a Bamboo or Wooden Hairbrush

How ecofriendly is your hairbrush or comb? This may be a question you never thought to ask yourself, but as you transition to the low waste lifestyle and weave plastic out of your life, questions like this are more than likely to come up.

In today's blog post, we will dive into the sustainable alternative to your standard plastic hairbrush or comb, and the top 5 reasons why you should consider adopting it.


First, the alternative.

Like most zero waste lifestyle swaps, this swap is made up of natural materials that can either be composted, repurposed or recycled at the end of its life. Can you guess what these natural materials are? We'll give you a hint: several components of your {Zero} Waste Kit are made up of one of the materials we will be talking about. 

If you guessed bamboo or wood, both are correct! Keep reading to learn how these simple lifestyle alternatives are not just good for the environment but also good for YOU and your luscious locks.

Get Your Shine On

Unlike the plastic counterpart, bamboo or wooden hair brushes and combs will glide through your hair, teasing the natural oils from the scalp along each strand. The result? Shiner, healthier hair with less breakage or follicle damage. Natural oils  work to protect your hair and in the long run, you will likely notice that your hair is stronger and smoother all the way to the ends.

Detangle the Madness (like a #ZeroWasteBadass)

While plastic brushes and combs are notorious for snagging at your hair when used causing hair breakage and damage, the bamboo and wooden alternatives have shorter, less sharp corners allowing for a more gentle detangle. 

Tip: start brushing your hair from the bottom and slowly work your way up. This will make it easier to detangle. 

Less Static, Less Problems

Did you know that plastic hair brushes increase the electrical charge of your hair? Yes, it's true! This electrical charge is what leads to static and has your hair giving life to tangles, frizziness and even fly-aways. Wood and bamboo on the other hand have a neutral to negative charge so static is reduced, allowing your hair to stay nice and smooth. You will be happy to hear that with less static being created comes less of a need for (often) pricy products to tame the beast, especially during those dryer months of the year. Win-win.

Fewer Carbon Miles

One of our all-time favorite resources that illustrates how products are extracted, produced, distributed, and then consumed is The Story of Stuff. We encourage you to watch this short video to fully understand the point we are making here, but to summarize, the plastic brush or comb that you buy from the store will inevitably be less sustainable because:

1. Plastic is made from fossil fuels, and is a product of the oil and gas industry. According to the NRDC, each year, the oil industry spills tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil and other hazardous materials on the North Slope of Alaska. In addition, oil operations pollute the air with toxic emissions and poison the water and wetlands. Massive spills like Deep Water Horizon are legendary, but we don’t often think about the pollution that goes on every day from oil drilling, let alone a seemingly innocent purchase of a plastic brush or comb.

2. The majority of plastic products are manufactured in China, which means that single brush or comb traveled thousands of miles to be in your hand.

Tip: when sourcing your bamboo or wooden brush or comb, investigate first if there are any local artisans or makers you can support. This not only means your brush had to travel all of those miles to get in your hands, but it also means the product was not derived from unsustainable, non-renewable resources and supports local.

Say Sayonara to the Landfill

We thought we'd save our favorite reason for last, which is that with making the switch from a plastic product to a product made from biodegradable ingredients, you can avoid the landfill entirely (should it break and need to be discarded). Materials made from 100% natural, biodegradable materials mean they can be put back into the earth to decompose. 

So now you may be wondering what our favorite natural alternative is, bamboo or wood? We choose bamboo! While wood is just as sexy, bamboo has a rapid re-growth cycle, can be grown without chemicals, and has a 25% higher yield than timber. It can also be grown in soil damaged by over grazing or poor agriculture. We are HUGE fans of bamboo, which is why a lot of the components of your {Zero} Waste Kit are made out of it.

Thanks for tuning in for another blog post on the {Zero} Waste Kit blog! We hope these 5 reasons to adopt a wooden or bamboo hair brush/comb help you on your journey to reducing your ecological footprint. Please note: less is more. If you already have a plastic hair brush or comb, don't feel the need to throw it away and buy something new. Use your current product for as long as it lasts you, or donate it.

If you have any comments or questions, be sure to leave them below. Lastly, don't forget to share this blog post with someone who you think would appreciate it!

Until next time, badasses.


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