Check first: Bamboo cups are not always a good alternative to plastic

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Bamboo cups, feted as the environmentally friendly alternative to plastic, are not always a good thing, even though it’s generally recommendable to try to avoid single-use products. Many bamboo products contain melamine-formaldehyde resins (MFH), plastics that are not biodegradable and can be hazardous to your health. When bamboo containers are made out of finely-ground fibres, the plastics are used as binders so they hold their shape. On its own, the MFH is not a problem, if you are using the containers for cooler items. But if you expose your container to temperatures above 70 degrees Celsiu…

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