Bar None biodegradable and compostable hair ties and scrunchies

Natural rubber. What is it and what does it have to do with your hair?

September 16, 2019

Your last hair tie is secured to your wrist and you're not letting it out of your sight. Until the dreaded yet inevitable moment when a friend asks to borrow it, and you can’t think of a good reason to deny them. Bye bye last hair tie.


But where did the first 19 in the 20 pack go? They’re gone from our sight, our wrists and certainly our hair, but they haven’t disappeared into thin air.


But what if they could?


Enter our biodegradable hair ties and scrunchies. They’re made of cotton and natural rubber, making them fully biodegradable and compostable.


What is natural rubber?


Natural rubber is made from the sap of the hevea brasiliensis or ‘rubber tree’ which produces a natural latex. It’s been harvested for over 3500 years.


Natural rubber is super resilient and has a higher tensile strength than synthetic rubber, meaning it takes more force to tear it apart and break it. Great for when you need just one more twist of the hair tie!


The synthetic rubber found in most hair ties, on the other hand, starts as petroleum. It’s easier to produce than natural rubber because it doesn’t rely on crops, but it can take over 50 years to decompose, and it’s not biodegradable.


We choose to use natural rubber in our hair accessories because it’s biodegradable, plant-based and a renewable resource. The health of the rubber tree isn’t even damaged by the collection of the natural latex sap.


Natural rubber and cotton vs synthetic rubber and plastic


Ditching the synthetic rubber and plastic hair ties of the past isn’t just better for the environment, it’s better for your hair too. Biodegradable hair ties made from natural rubber and cotton are softer on your hair, they don’t break as easily and they won’t snag.

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