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February 12, 2024
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The bamboo toilet paper from Bamboi is completely free of added chemicals and therefore suitable for sensitive skin.

If someone suffers from an allergy, it is wise to look for products labeled 'hypoallergenic' to prevent an allergic reaction. Hypoallergenic means that a product contains few substances that cause allergies, the so-called allergens. But because there is no generally accepted scientific or legal definition of the term, the word hypoallergenic on a label does not always protect.

There are many different products described as hypoallergenic. Sellers of products such as cosmetics, toys, clothing, utensils, and even pets can label a product as hypoallergenic without having to meet a government-prescribed standard. It is therefore logical that hypoallergenic has a different meaning for each product.

Bamboo toilet paper has many advantages. Bamboo can be grown without pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals. This is due to the natural antibacterial property of bamboo Kun, which protects the bamboo plant during growth and when making the paper fibers. Bamboi toilet paper consists of 100% organic, unbleached rolls. As a result, Bamboi is free of added chemicals and the toilet paper can be labeled as hypoallergenic. Bamboo toilet paper from Bamboi is very suitable for sensitive skin. Also read where Bamboi is produced.

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What is hypoallergenic?

Hypo means less in Latin. An allergen is a substance that causes allergic reactions in people. Hypoallergenic therefore means that there are fewer substances in a product that someone can react allergically to. Hypoallergenic products contain ingredients that minimize the chance of an allergic reaction.

Hypoallergenic meaning

But what does hypoallergenic mean exactly? That differs per product. There is no generally accepted scientific or legal definition of the term hypoallergenic. This means that although hypoallergenic is on the label, this does not immediately protect against an allergic reaction. Sellers of cosmetic products, toys, clothing, and even pets can be labeled 'hypoallergenic' without having to meet a government-prescribed standard.

There are many different types of allergens in nature: pollen, dust mites, animal hair, insect bites, and various foods. All these substances can cause an allergic reaction that can even be life-threatening in some cases. A mild allergic reaction can also cause itching, a runny nose, sneezing, and headaches. An allergic skin reaction can be recognized by itchy red rash. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, the body can go into a state of anaphylactic shock.

An anaphylactic shock usually starts as a mild allergic reaction, for example with itching. Within half an hour, additional symptoms occur, such as swollen lips, wheezing, fainting, vomiting, low blood pressure. An anaphylactic shock is a serious reaction. When the above symptoms occur, an ambulance should be called as soon as possible.

Tightening of the rules of hypoallergenic

The term hypoallergenic is not legally defined and is therefore free to use. However, since 2019, the rules regarding hypoallergenic products have been tightened. Officially, it is only allowed to use the word hypoallergenic on products if a company can prove that the product only contains ingredients that have been proven to carry a very small risk of an allergic reaction. This of course differs per product and can therefore be difficult to define. But hypoallergenic still does not mean that there is absolutely no risk of an allergic reaction.

The question, however, is whether all brands are aware of the tightened rules. It is therefore desirable not to blindly trust this claim, and to check the ingredients of the products on the packaging. When checking the ingredient list, it can be useful to know that the ingredients are not always listed in common language. In the case of chemical substances, scientific names are common. For natural substances, the manufacturer often uses the Latin names of the given herbs. As mentioned above, Bamboi toilet paper consists of completely organic unbleached paper and can therefore be labeled as free of added chemicals and hypoallergenic.

What is hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic and bamboo

In general, the bamboo plant is known to be naturally antibacterial. A study from 2012 in the Journal of the Textile Institute shows that the Australian-grown Moso bamboo (phyllostachys pubescens) contains natural antibacterial substances in the lignin of the plant. Lignin is a class of complex organic polymers present in the cell walls of many plants, making them stiff, woody, and rot-resistant. In the case of bamboo, the lignin is responsible for protecting the bamboo plant against weather influences and external damage. They also serve as a storage place for the antibacterial substances of bamboo.

Another study from Japan has also found that bamboo shoots can be used as antibacterial material. It was found that extracts from the skin of bamboo shoots inhibited the growth of bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli . This would mean that in the future it might be possible to make antibiotics derived from bamboo. In addition to bamboo, there are also other plants with natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, such as apple, chamomile, clove, garlic, hemp, onion, and turmeric.

The natural antibacterial property of bamboo is usually called Kun or bamboo Kun . There is no Dutch translation for this word yet. Bamboo Kun is responsible for bamboo's natural ability to repel most bacteria, fungi, insects, and pests. Bamboo Kun is the reason why bamboo can reproduce in nature even without pesticides and herbicides. This is in contrast to other industrial crops such as cotton and corn, which require good maintenance, fertilizers, and pesticides to grow. The use of bamboo for making products is indeed better for the climate. This is one of the reasons why bamboo is organic and environmentally friendly and is considered a more sustainable crop.

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Is Bamboi hypoallergenic?

Although it is a broad, unprotected term, hypoallergenic generally means that there are fewer substances in a product that someone can react allergically to. Because there are many different types of products that can be labeled as hypoallergenic, it is difficult to determine when something can really carry the title hypoallergenic product. Because there is such a wide range of hypoallergenic products, it also differs per product when something is hypoallergenic. The bamboo toilet paper from Bamboi is soft and completely free of added chemicals. Bamboi toilet paper is therefore suitable for sensitive skin. From this it can be concluded that bamboo is indeed hypoallergenic. Buy our bamboo toilet paper in the Bamboi shop.

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