All Becothings have been designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible. This means they don’t just look at functionality, they also study product life cycles. Things like potties often end up in landfill sites, so it’s important that we plan ahead. With the right materials and the right design, the goal is to have as little environmental impact as possible.
The Becothings plastic replacement made from natural plant fibres is actually a biocomposite, which means it is a mix of biodegradable materials.
Around 80% of the material is made up of fibres from bamboo and rice husks. Rice husks are a by-product of rice production, so it is a great material to use as it is normally thrown away! Although you might picture bamboo as tall thin trees, it is actually a breed of grass and so grows incredibly fast. This means all the bamboo used can be sustainably grown.
Both these materials are mixed with a resin created from amino acids. It is this resin that bonds all the fibres together. Importantly, it also allows the mix to break down. When you place a plant fibre product in warm, damp conditions, like a compost heap or buried in the ground, the resin will start to break down. This in-turn allows the fibres to break down, and eventually the product will fully biodegrade away. This process will usually take around 2 to 3 years depending on the environmental conditions.
Our daily lives are full of cardboard. It comes as packaging in almost everything we buy. It is actually made up of cellulose fibres that are created from wood pulp. Sadly this means fresh cardboard requires cutting down trees. Fortunately cardboard is fairly easy to recycle, so by using recycled cardboard we can help save our forests! The other great feature of recycled cardboard is that it is biodegradable. This means that the packaging used by Becothings is not only easy to recycle, but also safe if it does ever end up in a landfill.