Love Soft Toilet Paper? Think Again...

Love Soft Toilet Paper? Think Again...

Soft toilet paper. It feels great on your skin, but it’s not so great for the environment.  

Two factors contribute to soft toilet paper: old-growth trees and chemicals. When old trees are cut down, it leads to deforestation. And we all know that chemicals are bad for the environment.  

So, what can you do to save the environment and enjoy a pleasant bathroom experience? Read on to find out.  

Soft Toilet Paper and Old Trees 

Toilet paper is typically made from softwood and hardwood trees, but, as you might guess, the softwood trees make the paper soft. These trees also have long fibers that strengthen the tissue.  

It takes trees 300 years to reach old-growth status and develop these fibers. 300 years of growth, just to be flushed down the toilet. Once these trees are gone, it takes centuries for them to regenerate.  

What’s more, most American toilet paper is sourced from Canada’s boreal forest. The forest is home to vast species of wildlife. It is also one of the largest carbon-dense forests on earth.  

When plant life is cut down, carbon is emitted into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. It also leaves the animals without a home.  

Unwanted Chemicals 

Cutting down old trees is bad enough. To make things worse, chemicals are used to further soften toilet paper.  

These chemicals leach into the air and groundwater after toilet paper is disposed of. They can also irritate the skin.  

Petroleum-based mineral oils and paraffins are mainly used to soften toilet paper. While mineral oils may seem like an all-natural substance, they are known carcinogens. Another carcinogen, formaldehyde, is used to hold the soft fibers together to prevent them from breaking down.  

Mineral oil and formaldehyde aren’t the only harmful components toilet paper may contain. Other chemicals in toilet paper include: 

  • Chlorine: Chlorine is often used to bleach toilet paper. It can irritate the skin. The bleaching process also creates toxic byproducts called dioxins.  
  • Fragrances: Fragrances are made up of hundreds of harmful chemicals that can irritate skin and pollute the environment.  
  • BPAs: BPAs are hormone-disrupting chemicals used to make plastics and resins. They can linger on recycled products, like recycled toilet paper, and contribute to various health issues.  

Is Bamboo Toilet Paper the Solution?  

Bamboo toilet paper is an eco-friendly alternative to toilet papers that contain chemicals and contribute to deforestation. Bamboo is a sustainable crop that grows rapidly. It has strong plant fibers. It softens naturally during toilet paper processing and does not require chemical bleach.  

The plant is also all-natural and biodegradable. It does not emit harmful chemicals into nature. Its biodegradability also means it will not clog your plumbing system.  

Bamboo toilet paper may not be the easiest toilet paper to shop for, but RB Life Brands is making it more accessible. We offer a subscription service that delivers our products right to your door. You will receive a 20% discount on your first purchase, a 10% subscription sign-up discount, and free shipping.  

Contact us for soft toilet paper delivery that does not harm the environment.  

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