From metal straws to reusable coffee cups, everyone is making small changes to their daily habits in order to do their bit for the environment.
However toilet paper is an unassuming household item that many may have overlooked in their endeavour for a sustainable lifestyle. If you’re here, you are probably not one of those people – and we applaud you. So you’re looking for a change, you want an alternative to your average toilet paper that doesn’t involve chopping down trees and guzzling energy.
The average Brit uses approximately 127 rolls of toilet paper per year, which is a lot of waste, energy, and deforestation for one person. Stick with us, here are our top 5 reasons why bamboo toilet paper is ‘better’ for you, for the environment, and for everyone.
1. Uses Less Water
Your average roll of toilet paper requires 37 gallons of water and 1.3 KWh of electricity to make. Bamboo toilet paper requires significantly less amount of water in production as it doesn’t need to be made into pulp first.
2. Better for the environment
Overall, bamboo toilet paper is significantly better for the environment. It doesn’t contribute to deforestation, which means less habitats are lost and the pandas don’t lose out on their meals either. Bamboo is the Guinness world record holder for being the fastest growing plant. That means whereas a conifer will take a year to grow one foot, bamboo can grow the same in one hour. It’s not high maintenance either. Bamboo will grow almost anywhere and unlike other trees, it doesn’t have to be replanted, it will regrow, which means it is a great renewable source for your bathroom.
One of the problems the industry is facing today, however, is that more and more people are cutting down existing forests to make way for bamboo plantations. It’s not common but it’s on the rise, so you have to make sure that you are buying from a trusted brand that is FDA approved.
3. 100% Bio-degradable
Unlike other toilet roll alternatives such as recycled toilet paper, bamboo toilet roll is 100% biodegradable. That means you won’t be getting any nasty drain blockages. Not only is it good for the environment, but it’s better for your pipes. A lot of highly padded, ultra-luxury paper can be difficult to break down and therefore get stuck. Bamboo toilet paper, despite being very durable, is flushable and will break down almost straight away – so no emergency calls to the plumber.
4. No Chemicals
When producing normal toilet paper, chemicals called BPA that are used in inking and dying are also put into the mix. Not to mention chlorine bleaching is used to make it white which can be damaging to your skin. Because toilet paper is not naturally absorbent, lots of additional ingredients are put in to make it soak up water, and break down more slowly. Bamboo on the other hand doesn’t need those extra ingredients or chemicals because it is naturally strong, soft, and anti-microbial due to the higher cellulose content and long fibres.
Even recycled toilet paper isn’t safe from chemicals. Because it’s made up of post-consumer recycled content (PCR), those BPA chemicals that are found in things like packaging and receipts also find their way into recycled toilet paper.
5. Safe for Septic Tanks and Landfills
Because bamboo is completely natural, it also returns to the earth just as easily as it came from it. No harmful toxins or chemicals are being released because the bamboo is just naturally decomposing. Compare that to regular toilet paper which releases methane gas as well as all those chemicals that were put in during production.
We make sure that Tiboo toilet paper is completely safe for pandas. You can be happy knowing our panda friends won’t be missing a meal with the bamboo you’re using. The sustainable outcomes don’t stop there – our packaging is 100% recycled paper and all the ink we use is completely soy-based. When we deliver to you, all the cartons are 100% recycled cardboard.
Sometimes making the right decision when trying to reduce your environmental impact can be difficult, but the fact that you are taking those steps can’t be faulted. When it comes to creating an eco-friendly bathroom, bamboo toilet paper is a safe option that you can count on to be better for you, better for the environment, and better for the pandas.