Bamboo VS Tree & Recycled Tissues

A comparison of bamboo, tree & recycled tissues from sustainability, health and safety and social responsibility

Trees are important for our ecosystem

Trees are important for human beings to create an ecosystem that provides habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for four people.

Hidden dangers of recycled paper

People realised trees are becoming a sacred resource but we can now making toilet tissues from recycled paper. Although we are able to save trees this way, many people are not aware of the hidden danger to the environment in recycled toilet paper.

According to Maia James’s article that was published on Huffpost Healthy Living: ‘From an environmental perspective, papers with high recycled content are obviously the way to go. Unfortunately, these types of paper generally contain BPA, which is widely used in the paper made for the thermal printers that produce sales receipts (which are then recycled and turned into other paper). The ink in newspaper (which is often recycled) is another source of BPA.’

BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA has been found in some canned food and baby bottles and now in wide variety of paper and tissue products.

Bamboo sustainability and its skin benefits

Growing at a rate of up to 91 cm a day, Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. Like most other grasses, bamboos grow and flourish until they are ready to flower; then they produce seeds and die. The majority of bamboo species are not monocarpic, meaning that they flower infrequently. In spite of this, in order to keep bamboo alive, it needs to be harvested occasionally. Unlike trees, bamboo does not require replanting after harvested.

From a health and safety prospective, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and does not require pesticides or fertilizer when it grows. Bamboo can be made into different fibres including paper and tissues as well as clothing. The process of making bamboo into tissues does not require de-inking and therefore harmful chemicals, such as BPA will not get into tissues that are made from the 100% virgin bamboo fibre.

Bamboo’s anti-fungal and odour resistant properties make it an excellent skin friendly material for fabrics and have been popular in the clothing industry. Bamboo tissue products are not only sustainable, but also super skin friendly.

References:

  1. Dangers of BPA (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/dangers-of-bpa/)
  2. health-e head2toe: How Environmental Exposure May Affect Your Child (http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa
  3. Study: BPA Is in Wide Variety of Paper Products (http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20111202/study-bpa-is-in-wide-variety-of-paper-products)
  4. FSC UK (http://www.fsc-uk.org/en-uk/business-area/use-the-logo/fsc-labels-01)
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4 Comments

  1. Tusk

    Do all bamboo paper products use the virgin bamboo fiber?
    Is it specified that bamboo toilet paper and tissues do not have BPA or other chemicals other than paper in them?
    What of the benefits versus cost of recycling bamboo paper products?
    Which brick and mortar stores carry it? I checked and found only Wal-mart is showing it but a further search revealed none of the wal-marts within 50 miles of me carry it.

    • The Cheeky Panda

      Hi Tusk,

      We are an UK based brand and our products are only available in the UK and Europe at the moment. The Cheeky Panda® products are made from 100% virgin bamboo fibre. There are some other bamboo brands in the market but some might contain recycled sugarcane or recycled tree fibre.

      Kind regards,

      The Cheeky Panda

  2. Banu

    It still doesn’t answer the question if it has BPA in it or not. I avoid certain brands because of that Can you confirm these are BPA free please?

    • Julie Chen

      Hi Banu,

      The Cheeky Panda range are 100% B.P.A. free.

      Kind regards,

      Julie

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