How do OLA Bamboo products have a positive effect on the environment?
Every year, more than 4.9 billion plastic toothbrushes, billions of straws and disposable plastic utensils end up in garbage dumps and various natural environments around the world. All this plastic takes about 500 years to decompose. Even when it does decompose, its chemical composition remains intact and the entire plastic substance remains in the environment for centuries longer. A lot of this plastic is found in the oceans where it is ingested by birds and fish. Approximately 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic. Bamboo is the main element used in the manufacture of the OLA Bamboo toothbrush. This 100% natural and 100% biodegradable material replaces plastic, a substance very commonly used for the manufacture of conventional toothbrushes. OLA Bamboo utensils are made of 100% birch and straws are made of 100% bamboo. Since bamboo is a plant and birch is a tree, they decompose naturally in the environment. In short, when you dispose of your OLA Bamboo toothbrush, utensils or straws, in whatever way you do so, you help eliminate unnecessary plastic in the environment by replacing it with bamboo or wood, which break down naturally.
Bamboo is the main material used in the manufacture of the OLA Bamboo toothbrush. This 100% natural and 100% compostable plant replaces plastic. Because bamboo is a tree, it decomposes naturally in the environment. By purchasing an OLA Bamboo toothbrush, you help eliminate unnecessary plastic in the environment.
Is a bamboo toothbrush is different from a plastic toothbrush when it comes to cleaning our teeth?
The quality of brushing remains the same, regardless of the type of material used to make the handle. Good tooth brushing depends more on the bristles, the head of the toothbrush, and proper brushing technique.
What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable?
There are two categories of compostable products: those that break down in a home compost system and those that decompose in an industrial compost system (e.g. a city compost). Products described as compostable will break down naturally as they are usually made of organic materials (e.g. plants).
The term biodegradable is not always well defined. It refers to any material that will decompose in nature after a certain number of years. However, there is no clear definition of the time frame needed for a product to decompose; moreover, a product can change shape but retain its chemical composition (e.g. biodegradable plastic bags).
Is the OLA Bamboo toothbrush is 100% compostable?
Only the handle of our toothbrush is 100% compostable, not the bristles.
At the present time, the only toothbrushes that are 100% compostable have bristles that are made of pig hair. To source the pig hair, pigs are slaughtered and their hair is removed and processed into bristles. We figured, who really wants to brush their teeth with pig hair anyway? That said, we are currently working to develop a 100% compostable toothbrush made from plants.
Are OLA Bamboo utensils and straws 100% compostable?
Yes, our utensils and straws are 100% biodegradable and compostable. You can dispose of them by placing them directly in the compost or in the brown composting bin provided by the city’s compost management system. Note that the straws are designed to be cleaned and reused several times before composting; the utensils are designed for a single use.
How can I dispose of my toothbrush?
Because it is only the handle that is 100% compostable, it is recommended that you dispose of your OLA Bamboo toothbrush with your household waste, unless you choose to separate the bristles. This toothbrush does not pretend to be perfect, but it is better than most toothbrushes. When you throw your OLA Bamboo toothbrush in the trash, the handle will decompose in a landfill at a much faster and cleaner pace than a plastic toothbrush.
Of course the best way to dispose of your OLA Bamboo toothbrush is to recycle it for other purposes. Among many other ideas, you can use your toothbrush as a plant prop or brush for outdoor work. If you have any tips or ideas for how the OLA Bamboo toothbrush can have a second life, please share them with us.
Where are OLA Bamboo products are made?
OLA Bamboo toothbrushes, utensils and straws are designed in Canada, specifically in Gatineau. The products are made in China. We decided to have our toothbrushes made in China because the raw material, bamboo, is found in abundance there. Moreover, by offering products that are affordable and accessible to all, we make sure we can reach a majority of citizens, which really makes a difference for the planet. We ensure that our global partners comply with the requirements for product quality, working methods and conditions for employees in terms of health and safety. Also, to reduce our ecological footprint, part of the sales of our products made in China is used to plant trees in Quebec, with CO2 Compensation.
Is the OLA Bamboo brand involved in its community?
Yes! The OLA Bamboo brand is owned by the Canadian company OLA Bamboo Inc., based in Quebec. This new company currently employs three people and aims to increase this number soon. In addition to job creation, our company is involved in and supports various environmental initiatives. Part of the sales of each OLA Bamboo toothbrush is used to plant trees in Quebec with CO2 Compensation. So far, nearly 2000 trees have been planted thanks to you.
Is bamboo actually environmentally responsible?
Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly crops that exists today. For starters, it is not only a renewable resource, but one that does so quickly. In fact, a bamboo plantation has a yield up to 25 times that of a forest. Bamboo does not require pesticides or artificial fertilizers. The manufacture of OLA Bamboo toothbrushes only requires a variety of bamboo that is not eaten by pandas or other animals of the Chinese forest. It is important that bamboo cultivation be done with great care to prevent the spread of bamboo in natural forests; due to its highly efficient reproduction system, bamboo can act as an invasive species.
What makes bamboo fiber more natural than other plant fibers used in the textile industry?
Bamboo is a plant that consumes less water than other plants intended for the textile industry. It absorbs 35% more CO2 than other forests, it does not require pesticides or insecticides, it produces the highest yield of fiber per hectare and it is one of the most renewable plant resources there is. In addition, OLA Bamboo cotton pads are reusable! This helps to reduce waste production.
Why not use only bamboo fiber?
The addition of cotton fiber to the bamboo fibers ensures that the textile can withstand the washing machine and dryer. Cotton fibers mixed with bamboo fibers allow the textile to retain its composition at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.
What is bamboo viscose?
Bamboo viscose is a name for bamboo fiber according to its processing method. The term viscose implies a dissolution of the bamboo pulp.
How is a plant transformed into fabric?
First, the bamboo plant is cut and then dissolved to produce the pulp. Sodium hydroxide is used as a dissolvent, a product that is used in many industries such as soap, pasta, paper, food and even water treatment. The pulp is then converted into fiber by a mechanical process. Finally, the fiber is spun and then knitted.
I made a mistake in my order. What can I do?
If you made a mistake in the information you provided in your order, you have 24 hours to notify the OLA Bamboo team. After 48 hours, we will be unable to cancel the order. If there is an error in the delivery address and the parcel has already been shipped, we can try to trace it and give you the details so that you can personally contact the delivery company to recover it.
Is it possible to return my toothbrush?
Since this is a personal hygiene care product, no returns are accepted. If the product is damaged upon receipt by the customer, an agreement can be made between OLA Bamboo and the customer through our customer service. However, OLA Bamboo does not commit to enter into any agreement. If the product is kept in its original packaging and is still sealed, a one-year warranty applies. The warranty begins when the product is shipped and ends one year later. Any warranty will be void if the product is opened or used.
Can I track my order?
In order to track your shipment, you must choose the track shipment option at the time of purchase; otherwise, the shipment will be sent without a tracking number.
If the track shipment option is selected, you will receive an email with a tracking number when your order has shipped. By clicking on the tracking number, you will be redirected automatically to the Canada Post website, where you can track your package.
How can I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription yourself in your profile on our website. Just follow the instructions in the My Account section. If you have any difficulty, you can send us an email (email@example.com), and we will do it for you. Note that you must cancel your subscription 48 hours before the next renewal. After this period, the renewal can not be cancelled or refunded. It is your responsibility to manage and cancel your subscription.