Frugal Philly Mom Goes Green With Bamboo

Bamboo clothing? You bet

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    The Frugal Philly Mom tells Tracy Davidson how to go green with bamboo products. (Published Wednesday, Apr 20, 2011)

    While a lot of people are looking for more environmentally responsible products, many don’t know where to turn to find the best options.

    Linda Pham-Vertlieb, the always-helpful Frugal Philly Mom, tells NBC 10’s Tracy Davidson that bamboo is one of the best products to use. Versatile, reliable, and earth-friendly, the switch to earth-friendly bamboo products couldn’t be simpler.

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    Here are just a handful of the benefits of bamboo:

    ·    It’s a grass—not a tree. Because it is harvested by cutting and not by being uprooted, soil stability is better maintained.
    ·    Bamboo is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so it requires no pesticides.
    ·    It grows at a tremendous rate—up to a foot per day. Compared to a 60-foot tree, which can take 60 years to replace, a same sized bamboo cut takes only 60 days.
    ·    It’s harder than maple, but lighter than oak.
    ·    Bamboo can even be used to make fabric that is naturally anti-static, anti-cling, as well as stain and odor resistant. Bamboo clothing is also 100% biodegradable without releasing any pollutants, whether it’s mechanically or chemically manufactured.

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    From toys to kitchenwares to couture fashion, bamboo is the place to turn when you’re looking for greener options.

    Below are some links to bamboo products the Frugal Philly Mom recommends, as well as what she has to say about them.

    OXO Good Grips Bamboo Cutting Boards:  The Board features soft, tapered handles for easy lifting and carrying and non-slip edges that keep the Board securely in place during use. A generous juice groove on one side retains liquids; use the grooved side for meats and the solid side for vegetables to prevent cross contamination. Bamboo is a renewable resource, making this Board an environmentally sound choice.

    Ginsey Home Solutions Wastebasket, Floor Mat, Booster Seat, Stool and Toilet Seat: Ginsey Home Solutions is doing their part in protecting our environment and encouraging our children to be earth-friendly and eco-concious. They are also a local manufacturer located in Bellmawr, NJ as well has some products made right in their factory. Their Growing Up Green line for children is made of pesticide-free and sustainable bamboo. Ginsey offers cost friendly bamboo and eco-friendly products to fit any family's need and decor.

    Bambu Disposable Bamboo Tableware: If you're looking for to be eco-friendly for your next get together Bambu Disposable Bamboo Tableware is the way to go. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, Bambu offers a sturdier, more beautiful presentation than typical paper or other disposable products... plus, it's an environmentally friendly alternative since bamboo is a renewable resource and 100% biodegradable. Available in assorted size plates, assorted utensils, tongs and sporks.

    Yala Bamboo Clothing and Sheets: Yala makes beautiful garments for life’s journey. Yala apparel, home goods, and travel accessories are designed to provide effortless style, timeless design and unsurpassed quality. Each piece can be worn through the years, and across the globe.

    Bamboo Zoo Toys: The entire Bamboo Zoo Line is made with bamboo viscose velour and stuffed with natural corn fibers. The fibers Dandelion uses are certified (not just the end product) so parents can let their children play with the products (chew on them, etc.) with confidence. And they are all machine washable!

    aden + anais Bamboo Muslin Swaddles: For countless generations, mothers have swaddled and cared for their children with natural muslin. aden + anais has gone one step further to bring you soft, silky bamboo fiber muslin. Luxuriously soft, it is the ideal fabric to use on delicate baby skin. All aden + anais products are available in fashion forward prints that say as much about your style as they do about the traditions that bind mothers together around the world.

    Honey-Can-Do Bamboo Hangers: Honey-Can-Do is leading provider of home storage, organization and garment care products. In addition to bamboo coat hangers they also have shoe racks.

    For more tips from the Frugal Philly Mom, Linda Pham-Vertlieb, check out her Web site, including local deals, events, and giveaways.