A bamboo vs. recycled toilet paper smackdown - Raiz Invest


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DING DING DING. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of two toilet paper rolls ready to rumble. We often get asked whether bamboo or recycled is the better option to wipe your bum, so we’ve pitted them against each other in the ring. (And it’s basically like asking us to choose between our children, so we really hope you appreciate it.)

Ok, ref – let’s do this!


Round 1: Which is more eco-friendly?

Recycled toilet paper comes out swinging – it’s made from 100% recycled post consumer paper, aka recycled school and office paper that’s already in circulation. Take that, deforestation! Plus, since it’s already paper, there’s less energy needed to transform the fibres into TP than with traditional wood. A strong start, but oh wait-

Here comes bamboo toilet paper, another eco heavyweight. Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant (it can grow up to a metre in just one day), so it can be harvested way more frequently than trees. In fact, bamboo toilet paper needs almost 90% less land per sheet to produce than traditional TP. Woah! So it helps save forests and is totally biodegradable, too – how’s that for a one-two punch?

Winner: Recycled by a whisker – bamboo fights a good fight, but it takes a bit more energy to process and costs a little more to make.


Round 2: Which feels better on your bum?

Let us beat you to the punch: recycled loo roll isn’t the softest thing going round. The paper we use has been recycled multiple times before it reaches its final TP form, so the fibres are a bit more worn than what you’d find in a roll made from virgin trees. But don’t worry, we do our best to make sure it’s still comfy and strong for your planet-loving tushy.

Bamboo, on the other hand, has softness in its corner. It’s the strongest toilet paper we make, and actually feels pretty similar to traditional supermarket rolls – but with the added benefit of feeling great on your conscience, as well.

Winner: Bamboo lands a heavy blow to take out the softness round.


Round 3: Which is more convenient?

Aaaand we’re back after a quick break to mop our fighters’ brows. (Actually, they’re both really absorbent, so they took care of that themselves.)

It’s even-stevens this round, with both bamboo and recycled coming in strong. They can both be ordered online and delivered straight to your door. Smack! They both come in bulk boxes of 24 or 48 rolls so you never get caught TP-free with your pants down. Bam! With a subscription, you can tell us the number of people in your house and we’ll recommend how often your loo roll should be delivered. Pow! Oh, and you’ll never have to go to a supermarket for toilet paper ever again. Kablooey!

Winner: From our ringside seat (the toilet), we’re calling a tie.


Round 4: Which is better looking?

Hasn’t anyone ever told you that beauty is subjective? Even so, the gloves are off with our recycled rolls, which come wrapped in a bunch of bright and friendly patterns. (We know individual wrappers might seem counterintuitive for an eco-friendly toilet paper, but we’ve done a lot of research to make sure it was the best thing for us, our impact and the planet – you can read more about it here.)

Oof, but bamboo really is the most elegant toilet paper ever. It’s all suited up in black and white wrapping and looks majestic next to your loo. Plus, it gets a new look with each one of our limited editions. Swoon.

Winner: After a full-blown slugfest, recycled takes one right in the kisser. We just can’t go past our bamboo toilet paper and all its fancy outfit changes.


Round 5: The Wild Card round

It’s the final square off! Old faithful recycled toilet paper vs. hotshot bamboo. We’re not quite sure what title they’re fighting for here, to be honest, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to fill you in on some of their other heavy-hitter qualities:

  • Both rolls are competitively priced with supermarket TP, so they feel good on your bum and your budget, too

  • Both are suuuuuper long so won’t run out in a hurry

  • 50% of profits are donated to organisations that provide toilets and clean water to people who need them

  • They both play well with most septic tanks

And the title goes to…

You didn’t think you could force us to choose, did you? After a bare-knuckled bout like that, we think both recycled and bamboo toilet rolls are pretty great options. The main thing is that they’re both good for the world, good for people and good for your bum.

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