7 Everyday Items You Didn’t Know Could Be Made From Plants

January 13, 2021 By Jessie Stringfield

What if the items you used every day were created from natural materials you might come across in the great outdoors? Chances are the environment would be pretty appreciative, especially if you could plant some of those items right back into the earth when you’re finished with them. Luckily, more and more products are being created from materials straight from nature.

1. Some serious shade has been thrown at plastic straws over the past few years, and rightfully so! We need more sustainable alternatives if we want to continue enjoying our favorite sippable beverages. 

Enter the reusable, compostable bamboo straw. It even comes in sizes big enough so you can enjoy your bubble tea sustainably!

2. A more humane and environmentally-conscious alternative to animal leather is being grown in the nopal cactus fields of Mexico by the Mexican luxury leather brand, Desserto.

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Their vegan leather is made entirely from nopales, meaning it’s cruelty-free and far more sustainable thanks to the nopal’s small water consumption.

3. An awesome alternative to that frustrating plastic wrap you’re always struggling with is beeswax wrap!

It works like plastic wrap but is made of reusable cloth coated in beeswax. It’s natural, reusable, and you can even make it yourself!

4. The Sprout pencil eliminates waste and gives back! 

Made from sustainably harvested wood with a biodegradable seed capsule, it turns your pencil into a plant once it’s too short to keep writing. Place the worn-out pencil into the soil and wait for your favorite herb to grow!

5. You’ve probably considered buying a bamboo toothbrush to replace your lame plastic toothbrush that takes literally a thousand years to break down, and don’t forget about the bristles. There are toothbrushes with bristles made of agave.

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The bristle fibers are made of ixtle and they come from the lechuguilla agave found in Mexico’s Chihuahua desert.

6. Coconut husk has been used for generations as an everyday, natural material in Polynesia and is still used today.

The husk fibers are braided into a very strong rope that is used to construct roofs.

7. Similarly to how fiber from the agave plant is sourced in Mexico, Malaysian researchers have sourced fibers not from agave, but from pineapple leaves.

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Instead of throwing away the discarded pineapple leaves, they are being repurposed to build sturdy frames for drones. And the best part is when the frame can no longer be used, it can be buried in the ground where it will degrade naturally within two weeks!