These days, we are starting to look more deeply at habits we have that might damage the environment. Things that we take for granted like using toilet paper.
Since bamboo is becoming more popular in products because of how sustainable it is, it is now being used as a toilet paper alternative.
But, is bamboo toilet paper better than traditional? Is it safe to use?
Of course, I love to recommend people use a bidet instead of toilet paper. If you do want to replace your traditional toilet paper with a sustainable alternative, then you need to read on for all the bamboo toilet paper reviews and information.
Is bamboo toilet paper environmentally friendly?
Bamboo toilet paper is more environmentally friendly than traditional toilet paper that is made by paper made from tree pulp. Since bamboo is a grass and not a tree, it grows very quickly. This makes it a renewable product that is much better than trees.
However, there is more to the story than that. Growing bamboo can have a very low impact on the environment, but how it is processed into paper can cause some problems.
First, let’s take a look at the positive qualities of growing bamboo and using it for making eco friendly products:
So those are great reasons to use bamboo over trees. But, when it comes to processing it into toilet paper, if you really want to have a low impact on the environment you have to choose your TP carefully as there may be chemicals used. Look out for unbleached bamboo toilet paper since it doesn’t really matter how white your TP is anyway.
The best bamboo toilet paper is fragrance free and hypoallergenic as well as being panda friendly.
Also, it should be FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council®) which means that it is harvested in a sustainable manner.
Does it block drains?
Toilet paper made out of bamboo fiber easily breaks down in the pipes. It is actually better on your drain and pipes as it is much stronger so it doesn’t need to be as thick.
In fact, those thick toilet paper types with 3 or more layers are usually worse in your plumbing as they can clump and clog a toilet.
The bamboo fibers are very water soluble and will come apart very easily which allows the water to pass through without an issue. If you use a couple of squares per use then you won’t have any issue with it clogging your plumbing.
Is bamboo toilet paper septic safe?
Bamboo toilet paper dissolves easily when it is in contact with the type of bacteria and fungus that is found in your septic tank. It drops down to the bottom as any other toilet paper would do and then quickly becomes a sludge.
It is completely biodegradable and is actually much better on your septic system than traditional toilet paper. You should be regularly using a septic tank treatment anyway to add more of the beneficial bacteria that helps break things down. But, you won’t need to use it more often because of the bamboo in your tank.
Pros and cons of bamboo TP
There are many advantages to using bamboo toilet paper, but some might still feel like it isn’t worth it. It pays to know what the disadvantages are as well. Here are some of the pros and cons to keep in mind before you make the switch.
Why is it so expensive?
The biggest reason for the high price of bamboo toilet paper is scale. It is not nearly as big an industry as traditional toilet paper and the companies that make it are not able to do things on a massive scale to reduce the cost to make it.
There is also the cost to harvest and process the bamboo. Since it isn’t like trees, the pulp is a little more difficult to process.
Lastly, there is the cost to get it to market and then the marketing. Again, since this is a much smaller operation, the cost to get it out to the consumer is greater especially since it requires more money to promote since it is a different type of product than what people are used to or looking for.
The problem with traditional toilet paper
The biggest problem with traditional toilet paper is its impact on the environment. It takes a lot of trees for us to wipe our bums and it is totally unnecessary.
The raising of these forests is also energy intensive and pollutes from start to finish even though the trees planted do absorb lots of CO2.
It takes a lot of water to make the pulp which gets wasted or has to be processed before it goes back into the environment.
Then there is the impact on the environment from the processing and siposing of the TP. It uses a lot of bleach to whiten and soften the wood pulp to make it comfortable to use. And for some reason, people want their toilet paper to be white.
There is recycled toilet paper that can offset some of the destructive practices of the paper industry in making the TP but is not exactly eco friendly itself.
Often there are a lot of chemicals that are used to process the toilet paper. If you do want to use recycled toilet paper over bamboo because of its single use status then look for ones that are unbleached and made without dyes or fragrances.
Why and how to go toilet paper free
Your best bet is to go toilet paper free and use alternatives rather than look for sustainable toilet paper. No toilet paper is truly sustainable and that even includes bamboo. Sure, bamboo is better than cutting down a forest to make sure you can wipe your butt, but it is the lesser of two evils.
The best thing to do is to get yourself a bidet and leave toilet paper behind for good.
Below are a few options for just about every budget that you can bring into your home and never look back. Using a bidet is sanitary, great for the environment and saves you money.
I hope this article opened up your eyes as to the options you have for your toilet paper needs. If you do decide that a bidet is not for you then bamboo toilet paper is a good alternative to using regular toilet paper. If you have any questions at all then drop a line in the comment box below and I will get back to you ASAP.