Go Bamboo

According to the University of Southern Indiana, the average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year. 

50% of the 300 million tons of plastic produced every year is for single use purposes. National Geographic reported that only 9% of this plastic is recycled.

Meanwhile, a stroll down any grocery store aisle selling toilet paper will reveal a plentiful supply. Many of these brands are made from wood pulp and all of them are wrapped in plastic.

Bamboo is a fascinating plant. Growing up to one yard per day, bamboo is one of the fastest growing natural resources on the planet. Known for its strength, durability, and absorbency, bamboo is increasingly becoming the material of choice for toilet paper, clothing, and construction. 

Bamboo is a highly renewable, natural material that has antibacterial, antifungal properties and is biodegradable as opposed to plastic.

During the height of COVID-19, toilet paper was hard to come by. Major Grocery store chains set purchase limits and began establishing senior shopping hours to ensure they can get the items they need. Disappointingly, those empty grocery store shelves were restocked with the same destructive toilet paper manufactured from trees, fueling climate change.

Giving consideration to the number of trees being cut down to manufacture something so short lived as toilet paper, why not consider or adopt bamboo as an alternative source. The positive impact that can be gained by shifting to bamboo can be planet saving.