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
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?
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
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?
To produce our products bamboo is simply harvested, shredded, boiled and rolled into paper
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?
All Naked Sprout bamboo products are free from harsh chemicals
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?
Our factory uses a biomass boiler and solar farm to produce the energy required for production. The factory is certified carbon neutral
Recycling plants and the manufacturing process rely on power from fossil fuels
Is it contributing to landfill waste and polluting our waterways?
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.
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?
None of our products contain any BPA
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