Do You Use Bamboo Toilet Paper?

Among the information about me that you probably don’t want to know is that I go through a lot of toilet paper. Imagine a certain quantity of toilet paper. Now double it. That’s what I used this morning.

So when Megan mentioned that there is now a sustainable alternative to wood-based toilet paper using bamboo fiber, I was intrigued. Very intrigued.

Who Gives a Crap is a company that specializes in making paper products out of bamboo instead of regular wood. Bamboo grows easily and quickly without pesticides and other chemicals. I’m sure the sustainability level varies based on exactly how it’s farmed and shipped, but in general, my understanding is that it’s much more earth-friendly than the types of wood typically used to make toilet paper.

There’s a small catch, though: The standard quantity from Who Gives a Crap is 48 rolls. Even for someone like me, that’s a lot of toilet paper. And I wasn’t even sure I’d like it–what if it tears too easily or smells like pandas? So I was a bit hesitant to take the plunge.

In the end, though, I decided to give it a try. A few days later, a big box showed up in the mail with these beautifully wrapped rolls (they’re almost asking to be shared with others as party favors).

My first impressions? Awesome. It’s just as good as normal toilet paper, and it actually feels stronger without being abrasive. Something about those bamboo fibers.

If you’re intrigued and you want to save $10, feel free to use this link to order a box for yourself. Let me know what you think!

Also, if you’ve tried to make the consumables in your life more eco-friendly and sustainable, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

3 Responses to “Do You Use Bamboo Toilet Paper?”

  1. Cameron Art says:

    A woman that once worked and lived in my small hometown quit her job to kickstart Final Straw, which took off in the last year or two and is just about the coolest and most convenient reusable straw you’ll ever see. Its metal yet collapsible so that it fits in a slim case that can go on your keychain, it comes with a squeegee and a drying rack for hand washing and is also dishwasher safe. I’d highly recommend it, I use mine practically everywhere I go.

  2. Adam Buckingham says:

    We use 100% recycled paper products where possible. Especially in things like toilet paper and paper towels, where recycled is every bit as good as new fiber. We also try to get creative with non-recyclable paper. We compost napkins and some kinds of paper takeout containers that are too dirty to recycle. With our kids, we avoid the pouches of applesauce and other foods you can give kids as an easy to eat snack. Instead, we buy reusable pouches that we can fill with our homemade applesauce, or yogurt that we buy in large containers. The convenience of single serving packaging comes at a very high cost.

    Recycling is getting more expensive for cities to do, in order to make it pay off, there needs to be a high demand for recycled products. Lots of people are good about recycling their paper, cans, and plastic. But just as important is making sure you buy recycled products when they are available. There are lots of toy companies that use recycled plastic, lots of paper products that are recycled, etc…

    On the topic of sustainability, as a game publisher, are there things you can do to make your products more sustainable? Are the leftover cardboard punchouts recyclable? And do most people recycle those? or would they get recycled more if you had all the tokens pre-punched and ask the factory to recycle the leftover? What about the paper used to make chits, can that be sourced with recycled fiber? Can they make minis or dice out of recycled plastic? Are there ways to reduce the packaging of a game without taking away from the product and experience of the game? What about carbon offsets for shipping emissions? Would those efforts make a game too expensive to sell at a reasonable price?

    • Jamey Stegmaier says:

      Thanks for sharing, and I like the questions at the end! We’ve specifically been looking for ways to reduce disposal plastic like the shrinkwrap around cards. I’d like to find a way to do so for the shrinkwrap around the outside of the box.

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