You’ve probably heard a lot about sustainable replacements for day-to-day household items like reusable cloths instead of paper towels or reusable silicone bags instead of plastic ziplock bags, but what about toilet paper? It’s definitely not an item that can be reusable because well, that’s self-explanatory. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be sustainable as well as eco friendly.
Look no further because there is finally toilet paper that can help the environment one roll at a time! Bamboo toilet paperis a great sustainable alternative to traditional toilet paper, and here’s why.
Not only is bamboo itself more friendly to the environment to harvest than the hardwood and softwood trees used to make traditional toilet paper, but the toilet paper itself is also far more gentle to the earth, leaving no mark.
Why is bamboo more eco friendly than trees?
So you’re probably wondering, how is harvesting bamboo for toilet paper any more sustainable than harvesting hardwood and softwood trees for toilet paper? Here’s how:
- Bamboo uses 30% less water than hardwood trees
- Bamboo can fix 25 metric tons of atmospheric CO2 per year because it gives off 35% more oxygen than trees
- Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant in the world, growing 1.5 inches per hour or 3 feet a day
- Typical hardwood trees such as oak trees take around 40 years to grow before they can be harvested whereas bamboo can be harvested in a few years depending on the type
- Bamboo can be harvested as frequently as once a year once it is mature enough
- Bamboo requires no fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides to thrive so it doesn’t add chemicals to the environment
- Bamboo doesn’t have to be replanted and because of its fast growth rate, less area is required to harvest it whereas hardwood and softwood trees require far more space
- Bamboo can be replenished and easily maintained, making it a highly renewable resource
- Bamboo can produce around 20 times more material in a single harvest than hardwood trees can
How exactly does it help the environment?
Now that we understand why bamboo is a more sustainable resource choice than trees, how exactly does it help the environment? We know that regular toilet paper will eventually break down, and while it does take less time than something like a glass or plastic bottle, it can take several years to decompose all the way.
Bamboo toilet paper breaks down far better and faster than traditional toilet paper, naturally decomposing. Not only that, because the plant itself has an enveloping canopy, it can act as a water barrier and help control soil erosion as a result.
In short, bamboo toilet paper is far better for the environment than traditional toilet paper. Not only that, but it also can be produced a lot more efficiently. From growing faster to using fewer resources than our traditional toilet paper’s sources of hardwood and softwood, there are many ways the bamboo plant itself can benefit the environment. The versatility of the bamboo plant compared to trees makes it a much more appealing option for not only making toilet paper but other everyday products as well.
The easily compostable quality of bamboo toilet paper is what sets it apart from traditional or even recycled toilet paper because with that, we can guarantee it won’t leave a single footprint behind on our beloved planet. After all, our goal should be to leave it better than we found it, and what better way to do that than one small switch at a time, starting with our toilet paper.