Bamboo Toilet Paper: The Future of Sustainable Sanitation?
Many people are looking for ways to be more environmentally conscious, and one way to do this is by choosing sustainable toilet paper. I was surprised to learn that toilet paper manufacturing accounts for about 15% of global deforestation, making it one of the leading contributors to this environmental disaster. Thus, switching to a product that lessens or eliminates the damage can make a significant impact.
Sustainable toilet paper is made from materials that don't damage the environment, are biodegradable, are made from renewable resources, are handled responsibly in terms of harvesting and packaging, and are manufactured to conditions that protect workers' well-being.
An option for sustainable toilet paper is bamboo. This is a grass, not a tree, so it doesn't rely on deforestation. Also, bamboo can grow up to three feet a day, absorbs more carbon dioxide than trees, releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than other plants, improves water quality by removing toxins found in soil and reduces erosion.
Choosing bamboo over traditional options can be a more sustainable choice for your bathroom, while protecting your family's health. It shows you care about the environment - making it an investment in not only your own personal comfort, but the future of our planet.
A recent Seattle area startup named Cloud Paper is one of several companies in the USA that are now offering bamboo toilet paper. This new product is a 3-ply toilet paper that ships in recycled packaging. The company started with a focus on business customers, but also offers a home subscription service. To complement the sustainability focus of the product itself, Cloud Paper also donates their product to local food banks and shelters, and offers an Instagram program that allows users to share or tag their post in trade for the company donating a roll of toilet paper. [See added information here.]