The North Pacific gyre was first brought to our attention by friends over dinner
one night. We were dismayed to hear of this sea of plastic twice the size of the state
of Texas! We were so shocked and disgusted that we decided to try
and live our lives with as little plastic as possible.
We started to pay more attention to what we were buying in our weekly shop, making better choices about packaging and choosing non-plastic alternatives when available. This was going fine until we needed to replace the kids’ toothbrushes. We were struck by the amount of plastic that goes into a toothbrush, plus the unnecessary packaging, and that there was no non-plastic alternative. We buy three or four of these a year we thought - how many is that over a lifetime? We didn’t buy toothbrushes that day and started to research non-plastic options, but there were none in New Zealand.
So we created Go Bamboo with natural toothbrushes using bamboo as an environmentally friendly raw material. They were pretty popular and we thought, why couldn’t bamboo be used instead of plastic in more disposable items?
We expanded our range to include other household items like pegs,veggie brushes and cotton buds, and are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to provide simple and sustainable alternatives to the little things we all use every day.
Go Bamboo won the waste minimisation section of the2012 Green Ribbon Awards, which honour outstanding contributionsto protecting New Zealand’s environment.
1. Refuse single use plastics
2. Reduce plastic consumption
3. Reuse existing plastic items
4. Recycle all plastic at the end of its useful life
If you have an idea for an everyday product you think would work
brilliantly in bamboo, we’d love to hear from you!
go bamboo CO-Founders
We’re serious about keeping plastic off our coastlines and beaches and out of our oceans.