Bamboo Baby Wipes by Bum Boosa
Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes - 80 Wipes 5.9 x 7.9 in (15 x20 cm)
Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes are made from renewable, bio-friendly bamboo! They are soft, absorbent and naturally scented with lavender and sweet orange essential oils with no alcohol or harsh preservatives. Your baby deserves the best! Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes are a unique, 100% bio-friendly product that was developed with both the planet and infants’ sensitive skin in mind. Their mission is to provide a new option for a widespread consumer product that, through its use, trees and water are saved. They are able to do this by drawing on the benefits of a bountiful, regenerative and sustainable plant for our alternative nonwoven fiber: bamboo.
Bum Boosa aims to consciously care for our consumers and the planet by making eco-friendly baby wipes with the promise of high quality natural ingredients, honesty and integrity. To that end, for each package sold, Bum Boosa plants a tree with Trees for the Future. In addition, Bum Boosa purchases carbon credits through Carbonfund.org to offset more than 100% of its calculated carbon emissions.
They are committed to sharing all ingredients with their customers so that you may make an informed decision when purchasing products for your family.
They are passionate about pure essential oils! they chose pure grade Lavender and Sweet Orange essential oils because they are known to be safe for our little ones, and when blended together they make a gentle, uplifting and calming scent. Both Lavender and Sweet Orange oils have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. We use a 1% dilution rate of pure essential oils in the wet solution, which is the common percentage recommendation for babies up to 2 years old.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it really worth worrying about what ingredients are in your baby wipes and other baby products?
A: Yes! They think so. They don’t want to be alarmists, but they do support the reduction of harsh chemicals and preservatives in skin care. It is not only better for you and your family, but it is healthier for our planet. Whatever you put on skin is likely to be absorbed into the blood stream with the potential to cause damage over time. Whatever is thrown into the landfill or flushed down your toilet has the potential to accumulate and contaminate water supplies and oceans which can then become concentrated in the food chain.
You might say that manufacturers have taken the easy way out for years by using cheap ingredients to turn a bigger profit and harsh preservatives to ensure a product’s shelf life throughout an increasingly growing supply chain. There is good news though; Consumers like you have been educating themselves and voting for safer and higher quality products with their dollars. The more consumers show their concern by buying safer and more natural products, the more common it will become to see ingredients lists with safer ingredients.
In their case, Bum Boosa began as two concerned Moms who found a need in the market for safer baby products. When they set out to create them, we insisted that they be made with certain gentler ingredients. They are fortunate to have found and work with suppliers that listened to our concerns and helped us create our vision.
Navigating the enormous terrain of chemical names is not easy for the average person. Furthermore, just because you have trouble pronouncing an ingredient, does not mean it is dangerous. A Washington-based organization called Skin Deep has made it easy to calculate your risk of exposure to potentially harmful substances through the personal care products you use for yourself or your baby. Their rating system offers a means of quantifying the risks posed. Bum Boosa has voluntarily signed their Compact for Safe Cosmetics, and in doing so we have pledged to not only make our products safe, but to provide transparency to consumers. They also submitted laboratory testing results that show that our baby wipes do not contain dioxane 1, 4, formaldehyde, chlorine, or BPAs (bisphenol a). Check them out at: www.safecosmetics.org
Click here to read about some common ingredients you may see in skin care products that may be cause for concern. They recommend avoiding them and they choose never use them in their products, as they believe that there are many safe and natural alternatives. As a side note, they also recommend that when they consider laboratory studies to always ask how a study was performed (did they use high quantities? Was it performed on an animal? In a petrie dish? Who was funding the study? How many studies have there been and what did they conclude?).
Q: What does “renewable and sustainable” mean?
A. Renewability refers to a plant that has a short regeneration period to full maturation, usually in stark contrast to the material they are replacing. Sustainability refers to resources being replenished at a fast enough rate at which they can be used for consumption. Bamboo is a quintessential renewable and sustainable plant due to the fact that it grows back so quickly and naturally. Furthermore, it is a regenerating plant, which means it does not have to be replanted. This saves on gas-guzzling tractors.
Q: Is your packaging biodegradable and/or recyclable?
A: The packaging for the baby wipes is not biodegradable. In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, Bum Boosa reclaims our packaging post-use to divert it from landfills. A talented local artist hand-crafts new items after the packaging is sterilized. The packages are upcycled into new items such as shopping or diaper bags.
The container for the ointment is recyclable in most recycling centers. They are considering offering an upcycling program for the ointment container, as well.
The packaging for the bathroom tissue is made from 100% recycled content and is recyclable. It does not contain any plastic.
Q: Are your baby wipes flushable?
A: Most people are not aware, but there are currently no federal regulations regarding this marketing claim. INDA, the Association for Non Woven Fabrics Industry offers guidelines to determine flushability, but it seems that even the experts are conflicted as to whether any company should be advertising wet wipes as flushable. They have a strong opinion about flushability – They do not encourage anyone to flush anything that doesn’t start to break down like toilet paper in the bowl.
Q: Are your baby wipes and bathroom tissue considered a bio-based material?
A. Yes, they are currently going through the process of certifying our products as bio-based. The USDA defines bio-based products as those whose main ingredients are from renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials. www.biopreferred.gov
Q: Are Bum Boosa Bamboo Wipes compostable?
A: Composting turns degradable materials into useable compost-humus-like material that enriches the soil and returns nutrients to the earth. Bum Boosa Bamboo Wipes have early on been deemed as compostable in industrial or municipal facilities as opposed to home composting units that do not generate high enough temperature to safely break down human waste. These claims were based on our independent results and by our customers who use well managed facilities with high temperatures. However, the FTC recently set requirements for compostability certification testing that is a financial burden for many small business like ours. We will keep you updated on our progress with our certification tests. In the meantime, we cannot make claims that they are compostable at industrial or municipal facilities.
Q: Is your bathroom tissue septic-safe?
A. Their bathroom tissue breaks down quickly, despite being 3 plies. The reason for this, is that each ply is thin to maintain smoothness. To do the septic-safe test at home, follow these guidelines”
1. Tear a single square from the roll and place in a jar 75% full of water.
2. Screw a cap onto the jar and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
Your toilet tissue is septic safe if it is fully dissolved or mostly dissolved.
Q: Do you test on animals?
A: They have never, nor will we ever test on animals. Furthermore, all of their suppliers must provide documentation stating to the same. They are certified by Leaping Bunny which is a program providing the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.
Q: How do I find out where Bum Boosa’s trees being planted?
A: Currently Bum Boosa plants trees for each individual package of baby wipes, each individual diaper rash ointment, and for every 4 rolls of bathroom tissue sold. Their trees are being planted annually in a variety of locations where deforestation has had a major impact. We feel that regions that have suffered tremendous losses due to deforestation are the best place to start. To date we have planted 10,000 trees in Brazil and 16,000 trees in Ghana and Burundi. We have chosen to plant in these countries for two reasons: rainforest depletion is as high as 90% due to things like widespread logging in the past and overgrazing. And in Burundi, where 57% of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, we are planting Moringa, “the miracle tree” which boasts twice the calcium as milk and four times as much Vitamin A as in carrots.
If you would like to plant trees in other regions around the globe, please visit Trees for the Future to learn about their many programs.
Q: Will bamboo production put Panda bears at more risk?
A: No. The species’ of plant used for processing fiber is a different variety than the ones Pandas consume. Its Latin name is Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens, but is commonly known as Moso bamboo. Deforestation, agricultural encroachment and road-building remain the biggest threats to Panda habitat.
Q: Why did you choose bamboo for your products?
A: Because it’s the best, environmentally-preferable solution for disposable products! They invite you to read their Bamboo page for detailed information about bamboo. Below are the highlights of why they chose it for their products:
- Regenerated cellulose fiber made from bamboo is a bio-based material;
- Bamboo is the fastest growing grass on the planet and can shoot up a yard or more a day making it an endurable natural resource.
- Bamboo is ready for harvesting in 2-4 years (as opposed to 30+ years for trees);
- Bamboo does not require replanting after harvesting because of its vast root network;
- Bamboo crops do not require significant amounts of water, in fact, rain water is usually sufficient for growth;
- Bamboo generates 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees;
- Replacing disposables with bamboo material can have a major effect on the rate of deforestation of hardwood forests;
- Regenerated-cellulose fiber from bamboo is very soft.
Q: Why do you import some of your products from China?
A: They have been importing their bamboo baby wipes and bamboo bathroom tissue from reputable suppliers in China for a few reasons: First, as a new, small company there were no U.S. manufacturers who were actually willing to supply them with the low quantity they were able to purchase. Second, the species of bamboo that is used for our products, Moso bamboo, is a sub-tropical species, and to our knowledge, there are no Moso bamboo plantations in the United States. Finally, transporting just the raw bamboo to the US for processing and manufacturing would be so cost-prohibitive that customers wouldn’t be able to afford the end product. However because of their dedicated customer base and continued growth, they are happy to let you know that this is going to change for some of their products. Please keep checking back to the progress we have made in switching over to Made in the USA.
They do want to convey that they have done a significant amount of research about their suppliers in China, from the farms to the manufacturing facility – nearly three years of researching key issues important to us as a model green business. For instance, they wanted a manufacturing facility that offered fair labor practices and had very high standards. The manufacturing facilities also make products for European companies and is subject to inspections and consistently meets and exceeds the high European standards.
Q: Do you have other ideas for bamboo products?
A: Yes, we do! They are constantly researching the possibilities of additional products. Since their goal is to only make the very best, most natural products, they will continue to develop their product line conscientiously. To learn about upcoming products, sign up for our email newsletter.
Q: Have the baby wipes had quality-control testing?
A: Each shipment of baby wipes undergoes quality-control testing at an independent lab in the United States. They perform FDA recommended testing to determine lack of microbial content. They have also had their baby wipes tested in the U.S. to demonstrate the absence of formaldehyde, dioxane 1, 4, chlorine, and BPAs.
Their diaper rash ointment is supplied by a highly reputable FDA certified facility in the USA.
Q: What does Bum Boosa do to be a “green business”?
A: They endeavor to make as many aspects of our company as environmentally-friendly as possible. Below are some of the ways that we have incorporated these ideals into their business model:
- They plant trees with Trees for the Future for every individual item sold to help stop and reverse deforestation;
- They offset 35 tons of carbon emissions annually by purchasing carbon credits through CarbonFund.org;
- They ship in recycled and/or reclaimed boxes;
- They reclaim paper and other office supplies to keep them out of the landfill;
- They use environmentally-conscious office practices and supplies;
- They maintain paper-free records as much as possible;
- They carpool whenever possible;
- They operate as much of the business as possible from home offices to reduce travel;
- They make efforts to reclaim our packaging for alternative reuse;
- They use satellite storage facilities to reduce trucking of products more than necessary;
- They aim to educate consumers about environmentally-responsible options and choices.
- This is just a sample of some of their efforts. They are always open to new ideas on how we can improve.