Each year your average Brit goes through 125 rolls of toilet paper. As a whole, it’s estimated that the UK uses a whopping 1.3 million tonnes of toilet paper every single year. We all consume toilet paper daily, but many of us rarely think of the impact it has on our planet.
So, what impact does our toilet paper usage have and what’s the alternative?
3 Reasons Regular Toilet Paper is Bad for The Environment
Toilet paper is typically made using a mix of softwood and hardwood ‘virgin’ trees which are torn down from old-growth forests or monoculture plantations which are detrimental to the surrounding environment and wildlife.
Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day!
The entire process of manufacturing toilet paper will make your eyes water. It is incredibly wasteful. The sheer amount of resources required to strip the trees, deconstruct the wood, digest the chip into pulp, clean the pulp, production and rolling is mind-boggling.
Then we need to consider the chemicals. At the digestion stage, several chemicals are used to help the process, and several more chemicals are then used to bleach the toilet paper to that bright white colour. Both pollute local waterways, destroying local ecosystems and poisoning wildlife.
Finally, all that wasteful toilet paper is wrapped up in plastic, which is currently one of the biggest threats to our environment across the globe.
Toilet roll is a single-use product, which means it is not recycled. Instead, it goes down the toilet into the sewers. By the time it reaches the water treatment plant, it has completely disintegrated and goes into the sludge tanks to be composted along with our waste.
This means toilet paper manufacturers are constantly using new materials or recycled materials to create their toilet roll. These materials can then never be used again.
What’s the Alternative?
OK, so enough of the bad news! There is some light at the end of the tunnel, and it starts simply by making better choices. Bamboo is an excellent alternative to regular toilet paper, and here’s why.
It Grows Fast
Some species of bamboo grow at an incredible 4cm per hour, making it a super-efficient option for toilet paper manufacturing. The trees used for regular toilet paper, such as southern pines, takes years to grow before they are chopped down, and the process starts all over again.
No Pesticides or Fertilizers are Required
Unlike the trees used for regular toilet paper, bamboo does not require the use of fertilizers or pesticides to help it grow – both of which are detrimental to the local environment, including waterways and wildlife.
More Carbon is Absorbed
Bamboo can absorb as much as three times the amount of CO2 than regular trees. This means bamboo is much more efficient at cleaning the air, and because it grows faster than trees, a bamboo forest is a super carbon sink.
It Can Improve Depleted Soils
Regular forests, when used intensively, deplete the soil. A bamboo forest can improve the health of the soil it grows in and sequesters carbon trapped in the ground.
Kind to Your Behind
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, and antibacterials make it the perfect material for cleaning up your business and making sure your behind is left healthy and free of irritation.
Want to try bamboo toilet paper? Trinidad Bamboo is the proud supplier of 100% sustainable, plastic-free, chlorine-free and extra-long bamboo toilet paper. Delivery is free on all orders, and we plant a tree for every box we sell. Make the switch today and enjoy a more sustainable toilet paper.