Sunday, April 8, 2012

Treeless BPA-Free Toilet Paper Made from Bamboo

BPA-Free Toilet Paper by Bum Boosa

I started using recycled toilet paper well over a decade ago - content to live with a little scratchiness if that meant saving a tree's life. Once I discovered that saving a tree's life, however, meant exposing my family and our groundwater to high levels of BPA (the controversial hormone disrupting chemical widely associated with cancer and birth defects), I immediately went back to regular toilet paper. I was careful this time - choosing a fragrance-free, chlorine-free, no-frills supermarket brand that I verified was not made from the virgin forest fibers of live trees (as is common with the soft, cushy ultra brands). The toilet paper I chose, however, was still costing a tree its life and that just wasn't sitting well with me. Now, nearly two years later, I finally found a solution to my guilt: a ground-breaking product that just may  change the face of toilet paper: an ultra soft, treeless, bleach-free, bpa-free toilet paper made from renewable bamboo: Bum Boosa.

You may be wondering how BPA(bisphenol-a) gets into recycled toilet paper in the first place - and why anyone should care. Well, we are living in a thermal paper world these days - where we are constantly handed carbonless receipts that we need to toss. The problem is those carbonless copies contain extreme amounts of BPA, which then get into our recycling programs and are then move into such  "eco-products" as recycled printer paper, pizza boxes and (yes) toilet paper.  The issue with BPA and recycled toilet paper use is two-fold (1) BPA is in contact with our genitals several times a day (and presumably NOT always washed away afterward) and (2) BPA is being flushed directly into our waterwaste systems, which feed our groundwater, which in turn feeds our crops, livestock, oceans and sometimes our drinking water.

Certainly not all bamboo is eco-friendly. Many bamboo materials contain formaldehyde, bleach and other toxic chemicals. But Bum Boosa has done their homework, verifying their manufacturer's fair-trade policys and confirming their toilet paper to be biodegradable, BPA-free, chlorine-free, formaldehyde-free, fragrance-free and dye-free. Next to the reusing of cloth (which many families do), Bum Boosa bamboo toilet paper is currently the most eco-friendly option available...and it feels good too.

Bum Boosa toilet paper may be purchased at bumboosa.com, amazon.com, and other online retailers for about $1.30 per roll.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you do your research on how bamboo is made into fibre you will be surprised on how much chemicals are required to get it to paper or fabric, not eco friendly at all.

Marni said...

I agree - bamboo is used for green washing all the time. Far too many chemicals are used to mash it into clothing fibers, for example. I would never choose it over organic cotton. That said, this company claims to have done their research and has investigated the chemicals used to make this toilet paper and they are far less than those used to make regular and recycled toilet paper which comes from trees that do not grow back nearly as quickly as bamboo so I am putting my montey on bamboo when it comes to TP.