As people look to finding environmentally friendly alternatives to items we use, bamboo toilet paper is a growing competitor of recycled toilet paper. Much like regular toilet paper, bamboo paper is manufactured using plants which are broken into fibres and turned into a pulp before they are pressed and dried. Here we look at why you should choose bamboo.
What is recycled toilet paper?
Recycled toilet paper is made from reused material. You would think recycled toilet paper is made of reused paper instead of newly cut wood from trees, but it isn’t that simple.
Firstly, it is important to understand the terms “pre-consumer recycled” and “post-consumer recycled”. Pre-consumer recycled content is the unused by-product of papermaking, whilst post-consumer recycled content is what is left of a product after reaching the end of its use.
If you are buying post-consumer recycled paper then yes, you are helping reduce the number of trees being cut. If you are buying pre-consumer recycled paper then chances are no, you may be helping companies recover some of the cost from manufacturing standard paper or other materials which damage the environment in the process.
Another downside to recycled paper is that scraps of old paper are soaked and aerated to create recycled paper, costing water and electricity as well as removing ink which contributes to air and water pollution.
Is it better to use bamboo toilet paper?
Yes, there are many reasons why bamboo is better for yourself and the environment, the most significant being that with bamboo toilet paper there’s no need to cut any trees down to manufacture it.
Bamboo is recognised by Guinness World Records as the fastest growing plant in the world, growing 1.5 inches in just one hour. Bamboo requires less space to grow than boreal forests, can thrive in an abundance of climates, and doesn’t require fertilisers or pesticides. Bamboo products produce 30% fewer emissions than virgin fibre products.
Unlike recycled and even standard paper, bamboo paper releases no pollutant chemicals which can harm wildlife or the environment. Bamboo is healthier for your skin, being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, odour resistant and offering super absorbency. Despite the differences in manufacturing, bamboo is just as soft and costs roughly the same price.
Is bamboo toilet paper flushable?
There is a common misconception that bamboo toilet tissue disintegrates differently compared to regular and recycled toilet paper, leading to blockages however, this has been disproven.
Bamboo is 100% biodegradable, its soft fibres are broken by water, allowing it to decompose quicker and more easily, without blocking drains. Regular and recycled toilet paper can take several years to fully decompose with thicker paper such as extra soft and quilted types are likely to expand in water, increasing the likelihood of blockages.
But won’t the pandas go hungry?
The only bamboo used to create toilet paper is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved bamboo and FSC never approves the type of bamboo eaten by pandas. All in all, the production of bamboo toilet paper won’t cause any panda to starve, nor will they be harmed in any way.
Why choose Tiboo?
We only use bamboo harvested from managed farms therefore, no animals or habitats are destroyed in the making. There’s no need to consider whether our toilet rolls are pre- or post-consumer, unlike recycled paper. You can always rely on us; we believe doing good for the environment is important and we always reflect that in our products.