Toilet paper is a necessity for most people. And therefore a big burden on our world. So big that 27,000 trees are flushed directly down the toilet every day. This is because a lot of toilet paper is still made from "virgin wood pulp", which means that primeval forests are being cut down to make toilet rolls. It is even so serious that already "almost half of all primeval forests in the world have disappeared" https://www.wwf.nl/wat-we-doen/focus/bossen/ontbossing.
In addition to the trees, the chemical substances used to clean and bleach toilet paper are the biggest culprits. These end up in water or soil during production and when flushing, which has a major negative environmental impact. Toilet paper often also has a plastic packaging that is not reusable and will therefore have to be burned extra to not wander around the earth forever. All this causes a lot of unnecessary deforestation, chemical pollution and CO2 emissions.
What is Eco Toilet Paper?
In order to use fewer trees for hygiene paper and to give these natural lungs back to the planet, paper manufacturers have started to develop eco toilet paper. A good example of this is recycled toilet paper and other organic alternatives. This involves toilet paper made from raw materials from responsible forests, recycled materials and / or less to no chemicals used to make a toilet roll.
Eco toilet paper reduces the environmental impact of toilet rolls by combating deforestation and degradation, CO2 emissions, energy consumption and the ecological impact of chemical substances. Below is explained what good eco toilet paper is and what the best solution is.
Reducing environmental impact as a consumer
In addition to trees being cut down, a lot of chemicals and bleach are needed to make toilet paper. And on top of that, toilet paper is packaged in plastic 9 out of 10 times. Just look in the supermarket around your corner. However, consumers are becoming more and more aware and want to limit their personal burden on the environment. So what is an environmentally friendly toilet roll and the best solution for our daily needs?
The most important thing for eco toilet paper is the raw material. Because you want to use as few trees as possible to make toilet paper. Sustainable toilet paper is at least a mix of virgin pulp and recycled paper. Better is 100% recycled toilet paper. And in our opinion, a rapidly renewable plant like bamboo is the ideal raw material for disposable paper products. Bamboo grows up to 30 times faster than trees and can be processed without chemicals. This means that the environmental impact of bamboo toilet paper reduces deforestation, energy consumption and chemical substances.
Secondly, the toilet paper should be better for the environment by, for example, not adding unnecessary chemicals such as bleach and thereby adding extra production processes with extra CO2 emissions. This is also the problem with recycled material because a lot of water and chemical cleaning is needed to make a hygienic toilet roll again.
It is not easy for the consumer to see the sustainability of toilet paper on packaging. But try to look at the origin of the material (FSC, EcoLabel) and whether the toilet paper is made climate neutral. If the toilet paper is biodegradable, no chemicals have been added. Finally, consideration should be given to the packaging, such as the use of recycled materials for example.
How does Bamboi score on eco toilet paper?
Did you know that Bamboi is made from 100% bamboo from responsible forests, contains no added chemicals in the paper and our toilet rolls are produced with efficient processes such as water recycling. Bamboi bamboo toilet paper is climate neutral, biodegradable and packaged plastic-free!