Save The Trees With These 5 (Actually Very Chic) Bamboo Toilet Paper Companies
When you think about how you can take steps to lighten your environmental impact, you might consider things like declining plastic straws, composting your veggie scraps, biking to work, or bringing your own reusable bags to the grocery store.
You probably haven't given a whole lot of thought to switching up your toilet paper. After all, you kind of have to use it, and you might assume that it's all pretty much the same.
But the truth is, our use of conventional toilet paper is contributing to deforestation.
Why is toilet paper bad for the environment?
According to a 2019 report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the bulk of toilet paper sold and used in the United States is not made from sustainable or recycled materials but instead from virgin wood pulp that comes from centuries-old trees grown in the Canadian boreal forest. (Worldwide, it's estimated that the equivalent of about 712 million trees is flushed down the toilet or tossed in the trash every year in the form of conventional TP.)
What's a good alternative?
In addition to any TP made with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled materials, bamboo-based bath tissue is a great choice since bamboo plants grow very quickly and can be harvested year after year.
Here are five highly rated bamboo toilet paper brands that will lighten your environmental impact—some of which also have pretty impressive philanthropic efforts (and look really great in your bathroom).
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Hands down, No. 2 has the prettiest recycled paper packaging we've ever seen, and you can pick from a number of different soy-ink-based patterns to match your bathroom's decor ("In Full Bloom" is our top pick).
Beyond aesthetics, though, we love that No. 2 is ultra-smooth and made from bamboo that's certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
No.2 Toilet Paper, $19.50/ 8 rolls ($2.44/roll)
Who Gives a Crap
In addition to being made with 100% forest-friendly bamboo, the rolls from this Aussie brand were specifically crafted to be super soft. Meaning, they don't feel thin or scratchy, like some eco TPs on the market.
Huge added bonus: The company donates a whopping 50% of profits to help build toilets for those in need around the world (roughly 40% of the world's population doesn't have access to toilets).
Who Gives A Crap Premium 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper, $38/24 rolls ($1.59/ roll)
These rolls are made with a combo of bamboo and sustainable sugar-cane pulp—the dry, fibrous residue that remains after the extraction of juice from the crushed sugarcane stalk.
Caboo Tree-Free Bamboo Toilet Paper, $29.99/24 rolls ($1.25/roll)
Bim Bam Boo
We love Bim Bam Boo for a couple of reasons. One, it's made with FSC-certified sustainably sourced bamboo. Two, it's made with women in mind, as it's free of harsh ingredients often used to make conventional TP such as formaldehyde and chlorine bleach, both of which can disrupt vaginal pH and up your risk for UTIs and other infections.
It doesn't leave behind any linty residue either (dubbed "clitty litter" by the brand), which can often lead to irritation.
bim bam boo toilet paper, $32.99/24 rolls ($1.37/roll)
Like Caboo, Pure Planet's toilet paper is made from the waste materials of both bamboo and sugar cane. The company also goes out of its way to be completely plastic-free, even its packaging materials, which are made from eco-friendly recycled (and recyclable) cardboard.
Pure Planet Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper, $60/36 rolls ($1.67/roll)
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Stephanie Eckelkamp is a writer and editor who has been working for leading health publications for the past 10 years. She received her B.S. in journalism from Syracuse University with a minor in nutrition. In addition to contributing to mindbodygreen, she has written for Women's Health, Prevention, and Health. She is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a passion for natural, toxin-free living, particularly when it comes to managing issues like anxiety and chronic Lyme disease (read about how she personally overcame Lyme disease here).