Why bamboo? We hear that question quite often in our daily discussions.
Besides being panda's favourite snack, bamboo is a quickly and naturally renewable resource.
Bamboo is the single fastest-growing species of plant on this marvellous planet with some species growing more than a meter a day. In sharp contrast to trees which require decades to recover from harvesting, bamboo reaches maturity in 3 to 5 years or less and when it is chopped down, the roots will continuously grow and the stem left in the soil can sprout a new shoot to start the growing process again.
The more regularly bamboo is harvested, the more the health of the plant is encouraged and the quicker it grows.
It literally requires no tending, irrigation or fertilization.
Bamboo thrives in depleted soil. In environmentally stressed areas where rainforests have been clear-cut and burned, bamboo is one of the few plants that can grow easily and begin the process of returning nutrients to the soil. It also grows on mountainsides and on steep slopes where few other cash crops can. An extraordinary example of bamboo's resilience is the fact that it was the only plant to survive the radiation of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
Bamboo paper is recyclable and can be a good alternative to lessen our impact on the environment and further reduce our reliance on trees.
Bamboo helps to reduce soil erosion. The roots of the bamboo plant branch out from the stalk which helps to secure soil from erosion and retain precious soil moisture. This also helps to prevent silt from choking rivers and streams and affecting aquatic life.
Bamboo is tolerant to droughts and can survive in harsh conditions with minimal water. The plant will curl up its leaves when it is thirsty, allowing it to stay alive by keeping the stalks away from the heat as the leaves prepare to capture the next lot of rain or water. If the leaves remain dry after a few days, they will drop off and self-mulch to reduce the number of leaves that need hydration. What an intelligent plant!
Bamboo provides jobs and economic development. In economically depressed areas like Sichuan province, where unemployment and lack of income foster civic unrest, bamboo offers farmers a viable cash crop and jobs in bamboo paper mills give residents a chance to provide a higher standard of living for their families.
As more and more consumers look for everyday products that are environmentally responsible, the emergence of bamboo paper products on the world's markets offers us a chance to save our remaining hardwood forests and reduce the catastrophic environmental effects of clear-cutting and deforestation.
The impact of bamboo paper on the worldwide paper industry is still being determined but the largest manufacturers are taking notice of this trend in the marketplace and introducing innovative uses for bamboo paper every day.
And it happens to be perfectly adapted to toilet paper manufacturing. It saves a lot of trees, water and energy.
There are a myriad of reasons as to why we chose bamboo and we are going to share them with you. Bamboo is a more sustainable option than paper when it comes to manufacturing many products and toilet paper is no exception. The fact that 10,000 000 trees are flushed down the toilet every day is jaw-dropping, especially when a more eco-friendly option is so readily available.
The popularity of bamboo in consumer products is quickly growing due its environmental sustainability. Bamboo has been used in manufacturing products for many years, but has seen a recent surge in popularity. Bamboo is now being labelled as the solution to the serious issues we are facing surrounding global deforestation and CO2 sequestration. Don’t worry, we don’t steal the bamboo from the pandas, we source our bamboo from ethical plantations and family-owned farms so the bamboo growing naturally in the wild is there for those gorgeous pandas to enjoy.