Can organic bamboo plasters help heal the planet’s wounds?
Maybe – recent research shows if every household in Australia purchased one box of regular plastic plasters, it would equate to 70,812 square metres of plastic waste.
James Dutton, Founder of the Australian company Nutricare, spoke to FNZ about his professional journey that started in the automotive industry and ended up with him creating a sustainable business with natural health care products, including what claims to be the world’s first 100% compostable organic bamboo plasters.
But how did it all begin?
His young son had an allergic reaction to common bandages: “His skin kept reacting to different products. And from there I started to realise what’s happening with my boy. Then I looked into the market and I found a staggering number of people experienced the same problem, almost 25% of the world’s population.”
He also found that traditional plasters contain plastic micro-fibres that take decades to break down.
After researching and trialling hundreds of textiles and materials he thought bamboo fibre could be ideal for plasters that don’t irritate the skin and don’t create toxic waste.
He was familiar to the bamboo fibre as his family had previously used it to make wipes.
Sustainability and leaving minimal carbon footprint were the driving forces for the foundation of his business. He says he didn’t just want to create a product for allergies – he wanted to create something compostable and sustainable that doesn’t pollute the environment, while it’s natural ingredients could even speed up the healing process.
“At the beginning of this month, we made a pledge globally to make a further contribution to the environment and plant a tree for any retailer that stocks up our product.”
Last year the company announced global distribution in 32 countries shipping more than 1.9 million units of its PATCH Bamboo Bandages.