How does Bamboo Toilet Roll 

compare to Recycled?


Bamboo Toilet Roll

Recycled Toilet Roll


Does it contribute to deforestation?

NO


Bamboo toilet roll completely avoids deforestation. Bamboo grows up to 3 feet in 24 hours and reaches maturity within 4-6 years. Trees take 30-60 years to mature. Bamboo grows 30 times faster than trees

YES


To produce recycled paper there must be a market for tree based paper in the first place. By buying recycled paper we are inadvertently maintaining the production of tree-based paper products. Paper fibres shorten each time they are recovered for recycling - therefore fresh wood pulp has to be reintroduced to achieve the required quality. This feeds the market for virgin wood pulp and supports the destruction of trees


Is it made from a renewable resource?

YES


Bamboo is extremely resilient and can grow in inhospitable conditions. It doesn’t need as many nutrients as other trees or plants. Bamboo is renewable and actually re-grows after it’s harvested – so doesn’t need re-planting

NO


Trees are considered a non-renewable resource if they are cut down faster than they grow back. The production of toilet roll wipes out 27,000 trees a day – almost 9 million a year. Trees take 30-60 years to mature and have to be replanted


Do we know what's in it?

YES


To produce our products bamboo is simply harvested, shredded, boiled and rolled into paper

NO


Recycled toilet paper is typically made from used office paper, newspaper, magazines and receipts - but it's never clear exactly what materials and chemicals have been used for production. It's also unknown what % of materials used are actually recycled paper. A high proportion of used paper is deported to other countries, and then reimported back as recycled paper. Using a lot of energy throughout the transportation process.


Are harsh chemicals used?

NO


All Naked Sprout bamboo products are free from harsh chemicals

YES


The paper needs to be treated with various chemicals to turn into soft toilet roll. Recycled toilet paper requires chemicals for whitening and de-inking/dying. That's a lot of unnecessary chemicals in our opinion!


Are fossil fuels used?

NO


Our factory uses a biomass boiler and solar farm to produce the energy required for production. The factory is certified carbon neutral

YES


Recycling plants and the manufacturing process rely on power from fossil fuels


Is it contributing to landfill waste and polluting our waterways?

NO


100% of the water used in our factory is returned to the river in the same condition it was extracted. This is possible with our on-site water treatment plant (which is biomass fuelled). Residue generated during the water treatment process is later reused to generate electricity. This way nothing is wasted. 

YES


Petroleum based inks contain a variety of heavy metal and other compounds that require strong solvents to remove them. Waste slurry from this process containing residues of ink and chemicals end up in landfill and our waterways


Does it contain BPA?

NO


None of our products contain any BPA

YES


Office paper, newspaper, magazines and receipts used to manufacture recycled toilet roll contain BPA. Recycled toilet paper also requires chemicals for whitening and de-inking/dying, including bisphenol-A (BPA)


How much energy is required?


To produce our products the bamboo is simply harvested, shredded, boiled and rolled into paper. Our factory uses a biomass boiler and solar farm to produce energy and the factory is certified carbon neutral


It takes a lot of energy to breakdown and mix the recycled paper together to achieve the correct paper consistency, before the process of pressing and manufacturing the rolls begins


Which certifications are held?


Naked Sprout products are all made from 100% FSC certified bamboo


The recycled paper industry lacks any credible certification. '100% recycled paper' can mean a variety of different things


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