Perhaps like many people, I never stopped to consider the environmental impacts that come along with using toilet paper. It wasn’t until after I saw this new product at my local store did I start questioning my traditional toilet paper. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find very much information on the company site, hopefully they can be more transparent about their supply chain in the future. But I was able to find some information on their suppliers website, and turns out that 27,000 trees are cut down every day to keep up with the consumption of toilet paper. Still, even bamboo toilet paper can take a toll on the environment. I recommend pairing alternative toilet paper, like bamboo, with a bidet in order to lower consumption.
The toilet paper is made from 100% bamboo and is free of dyes, fragrances, chlorine and BPAs. Bamboo is an appealing alternative to traditional toilet paper because it can be harvested in just 3-5 years as opposed to the 10-20 years it takes to harvest from trees. Furthermore, bamboo creates greater yields for use while only needing about a tenth of the land area as trees from a tropical rain forest. Because bamboo only needs a fraction of the land area, bamboo is much more efficient and has positive implications for preserving more native lands. Another great reason to love bamboo products is that it is a self-regenerating raw material, meaning that it doesn’t die when it cut down and can grow again. This feature of bamboo is good because the root system stays intact which prevents soil erosion.
On the supplier’s website they state that the manufacturing processes they utilize uses 80% less water than normal tissue paper production, are chlorine free and utilizes less energy ensuring a sustainable process. They also go on to say that they advocate social commitment and that, “honestly is gold”. Ultimately, I am giving this section a lower score due to the lack of transparency and information that should be readily accessible on their website. For example, on their product it states that its “panda approved” but nowhere on the site does it say how or why it's safe for pandas.
The CEO of naturezway is Sean Solouki. From his bio I get the impression that he has a strong sense of community and dedication towards sustainability. I think a good example of Sean’s sense of community is depicted in the news article that was published on how Sean was helping vulnerable communities get toilet paper during the pandemic. However, as CEO, Sean has a responsibility to ensuring greater transparency in the supply chain.