Are bamboo incontinence pads biodegradable?

When the bamboo fabric is created by mechanical processes (as opposed to chemical processes) bamboo incontinence pads become biodegradable and/or compostable. 

A great way to ensure your chosen incontinence pads are completely biodegradable without leaching any harmful chemicals into the compost (or to you!) is to make sure they are fragrance-free.

How long do bamboo incontinence pads take to biodegrade?

Bamboo clothing typically takes around 1 year to decompose in an active and maintained compost heap or bin, about the same time as vegetable matter.

Bamboo incontinence pads will be much faster to break down, on average it takes just 12 weeks.

Urine is a commonly added ‘ingredient’ in compost heaps and actually improves the speed of composting. Gardeners around the world have been ‘adding’ this to their compost heaps for hundreds of years.

Just ensure that no faecal matter is included if you intend to use the compost to grow edible plants.

Bamboo incontinence pads with faecal matter should be disposed of in the same way as other incontinence pads. They should be placed in a plastic bag and sealed securely before being placed in the regular household trash, or left out for collection if your local authority runs a separate collection scheme for them.

Are bamboo incontinence pads better than normal pads?

Unlike trees (from which the paper is processed) bamboo doesn’t require any additional fertilizers or pesticides to grow and can regenerate itself from the roots. This means no replanting which means less machinery and fewer resources such as oil and gas required in order to produce it. 

Bamboo also absorbs almost 30% more carbon dioxide than other plants and trees, including cotton.

Are bamboo incontinence pads hypoallergenic?

Bamboo products are ideal for people who have sensitive, easily irritated skin which makes them ideal for anything that touches skin.

In fact, bamboo is so soft, so hypoallergenic and with its antibacterial nature, it’s used in much more than just clothing. Towels, bandages, masks and nurses’ uniforms have all been made from bamboo.

Bamboo is so versatile that they even make bamboo diapers too

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