This is Cottontail bamboo toilet tissue
| Nature Fluent
Happy new Year!... With all that we have endured, It’s hard to believe that 2020 is behind us. Exhale...With a new year brings new possibilities. And many of us in 2021 want to begin doing our part in protecting the planet.
By now, we know that small changes made in our lifestyles can have a large impact over time. We know that the planet is struggling in many ways, and while governments around the world may take longer to initiate environmental policies and new regulations, there are countless ways that we can help, now.
For example...Reducing our plastic waste, using reusable bags, filling our own water bottles, eating less meat, and taking public transportation are some popular ways to lower our own environmental impact. Through social media and successful marketing campaigns, we also know to choose reusable straws, and encourage renewable energy.
While these solutions are excellent, the goal is to keep educating ourselves on new ways that we can join the environmental movement, and create a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Which brings us to an item that most people seem to miss when considering ways to become more eco-friendly in their lifestyle.
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What do we use every day, we know that it's made from trees, and we know that it's an essential item but most of us may not know exactly how environmentally damaging the production and distribution of it may be?
Your suspicions are right if you guessed toilet paper
To break it down simply, the consumption of consumer toilet paper has created an $30 billion dollar per year industry. It is estimated that over 13 million trees are cut down per year for use in the production of toilet paper. The entire process of the actual harvesting of trees to creating the pulp used in toilet paper is an extremely energy intensive process. Trees are a slow growing renewable resource, and require large amounts of water in their cultivation, and more so during toilet paper production.
It is estimated that a single roll of toilet paper created from tree pulp materials uses 37 gallons of water in production, only to be flushed down the drain. In combination, we are flushing the equivalent of 27,000 trees down the drain per day. It is an incredible wasteful industry.
27,000 trees per day!
Once trees are processed down into a rich pulp, that pulp is then bleached using chlorine bleach solutions to rid of any bacterias, as to give toilet paper that glowing white color that we are familiar with. It is also responsible for giving toilet paper that soft and plushy texture. Without the bleaching process, toilet paper would actually have a brown to light brown hue. The bleach used in this process is responsible for polluting the surrounding areas where toilet paper is manufactured, and creates extreme environmental hazards. It is estimated that 235,000 tons of bleach is used for this purpose per year.
Many have learned this information and have since turned to recycled toilet paper instead. While we agree that this option is better for the environment, there are additional added human health concerns. Recycled toilet paper has been found to contain high traces of the chemical BPA, commonly found in plastics. BPA is a known endocrine disrupter, and has been known to cause cancer. Which means, it may be better for the environment, but recycled toilet paper is less desirable from a human health stance.
Luckily, there is a solution that has been under our noses for thousands of years.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, at a rate 30 times faster than trees, and has been used for thousands of years in ancient civilizations, tribes, and countries like China, to make textiles, furniture, medicines, and more. Now, bamboo is finally starting to catch on in other modern societies.
Bamboo is also a great carbon absorber, and intakes more carbon than trees, while emitting more oxygen in return. It requires very little energy to grow, and can survive in areas with little water and depleted soil. Bamboo has great potential to help combat climate change. It also does not require any fertilizers or pesticides to yield a crop. Plus, because bamboo grows at such a fast rate, it supports economies worldwide and provides year long job positions.
BAMBOO CAN ALSO BE USED TO PRODUCE, YOU GUESSED IT, TOILET PAPER.
Bamboo toilet paper requires less water and energy to produce and distribute, and is by far a more sustainable option in comparison. Plus, you won’t need to worry about coming into contact with any harsh chemicals or additives. Users of bamboo toilet paper also agree that the texture is equally as soft, but stronger. For homeowners out there, yes, bamboo toilet paper is 100%
septic tank safe!
Making the switch to Cottontail bamboo toilet paper is one simple way to drastically help the environment, and support your health. We want everyone to feel good when consuming, knowing that your purchases are helping the environment, not hurting it. Which is why when you purchase a carton/box of Cottontail bamboo toilet paper, we will plant a tree as a thank you for choosing to combat climate change and deforestation.
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2. Calibamboo, 2020. Bamboo Facts. Web. Retrieved from: