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Photo: Serhii Ivashchuk (Shutterstock) None of us expected we’d have as many conversations about toilet paper as we have since the beginning of the pandemic, when stock shortages and mad rushes made TP a hot commodity. In the chaos, you may have even considered alternatives, from bamboo paper to bidets, or you might be considering switching now. Bamboo toilet paper has been touted by some as an eco-friendly option that’s still cushy enough to use comfortably. It’s made from bamboo (obviously) instead of trees, and it requires fewer resources to grow, process, and produce. Where you once might have worried about TP scarcity, you may be worrying about TP sustainability. Here’s what you need to know. Is bamboo TP more environmentally friendly? In general, yes. A single roll of conventional toilet paper is said to require 1.5 pounds of wood and 37 gallons of water to make, while a single roll of bamboo toilet paper uses no wood and less than a gallon of water. It’s also highly renewable: Bamboo grows like a weed— three feet or more in a day —and reaches maturity much faster than trees, so it doesn’t require us to cut down forests to wipe our butts. Plus, most bamboo toilet paper is made without added chemicals or bleach and is biodegradable, likely breaking down much faster than regular toilet paper (so it’s good for your septic system too). Is bamboo TP soft? Toilet paper texture is a very personal preference. While you may not […]