Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply by Bum Boosa
Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply - 1 Roll (220 Sheets)
Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply is made from 100% soft and smooth bamboo. Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply is processed wing the thermo-mechanical pulping method, is tree-free, biodegradable, BPA-free, elemental chlorine-free, and breaks down quickly. Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply is the first 100% bamboo bathroom tissue worldwide to be developed and branded for the US market. Research has recently shown that toilet paper made with recycled content is a source of BPAs (bisphenols) that are leaking into the groundwater and effecting drinking water, habitat, and soil quality. This is due to paper recycling practices. Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply is made from virgin material of bamboo, which is a rapidly renewable, sustainable resource and does not require irrigation, pesticides, or replanting after harvest. Bum Boosa Bamboo Bathroom Tissue 3-ply is whitened without chemicals containing elemental chlorine, and is fragrance and dye free.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does “renewable and sustainable” mean?
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.
Is Bum Boosa bathroom tissue septic-safe?
Their bathroom tissue has been independently tested and breaks down quickly, despite being 3 plies. The reason for this, is that each ply is extremely thin to maintain the smoothness of bamboo that has been pulped using the thermo-mechanical processing. To do the septic-safe test at home, follow these guidelines:
- Tear a single square from the roll and place in a jar 75% full of water.
- 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 partially dissolved.
Is Bum Boosa packaging biodegradable and/or recyclable?
Unfortunately the packaging for the baby wipes is not currently biodegradable. In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, Bum Boosa™ reclaims their 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 packaging for the bathroom tissue is made from 100% recycled content and is recyclable. It does not contain any plastic.
Does Bum Boosa test on animals?
They have never, nor will they 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.
How do I find out where Bum Boosa’s™ trees are being planted?
Bum Boosa™ plants trees with Trees for the Future. Their trees are being planted annually in a variety of locations where deforestation has had a major impact. They feel that regions that have suffered tremendous losses due to deforestation are the best place to start. To date they have planted nearly 50,000 trees in Brazil, Ghana, Burundi and Haiti. They 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, they 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, too, please visit Trees for the Future to learn about their many programs.
Will bamboo production put Panda bears at more risk?
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.
Why did Bum Boosa choose bamboo for your products?
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.
Why does Bum Boosa import from China?
- China is currently the largest exporter of bamboo worldwide. Their contribution of this export is significant. Bamboo’s position in the market continues to progress because in contrast to wood, bamboo is increasingly understood to be an inherently sustainable resource because of its rapid growth and abundant availability.
- With logging bans in China in natural forests, demand for bamboo grew to offset deforestation of traditional trees. The result was that more and more rural people in China began to grow bamboo on their farms to improve their livelihoods. Bamboo is now routinely plantation-grown on Chinese land that families and villages own the rights to, i.e, the managing and harvesting rights. The People’s Republic of China have allowed this kind of land management structure (mix of free market with government incentives) since economic reforms in the 1980’s with the aim of alleviating the intense poverty of rural people. It is a positive development.
- As a strategic response to their own timber shortages, China is currently leading the bamboo pulp and paper processing industry, while at the same time, offering the international community a solution to their respective crises of deforestation.
- They also feel that it is a common misperception that importing to America comes at the cost of American jobs. Based on their experience as bamboo business owners since 2009, they know that bamboo imports have the potential to and already have contributed to job creation.
- Of course it would be ideal to have bamboo grown and also processed here in North America. However, bamboo agriculture and processing industries are currently in the development stages in North America; Major developments will not happen until North America demonstrates an increased market demand over a period of time. Canadian Senator Doug Finley recently stated that “bamboo is the next Microsoft of the business world.” It is their goal to eventually be manufacturing in the North America. When the bamboo industry develops in their region, they will be ready for it.
Are the baby wipes, toilet paper and diaper liners quality-controlled?
Their baby wipes are made at FDA certified and Nordic Swan Certified facilities where quality control is strictly maintained. Additionally, all of their products are strictly tested for quality upon entrance into the U.S.A.
What does Bum Boosa™ do to be a “green business”?
They endeavor to make as many aspects of their company as environmentally-friendly as possible. Below are some of the ways that they have incorporated these ideals into their business model:
- They plant trees with Trees for the Future. As of November 2012, they have planted nearly 50,000 trees to help stop and reverse deforestation;
- They offset 35 tons of carbon emissions annually by purchasing carbon credits through CarbonFund.org;
- Their baby wipes manufacturing facility operates on 100% renewable energy;
- Their toilet paper is made using a lower impact manufacturing method;
- They are members of World Bamboo Organization with whom they strive to advance the causes of bamboo and further the efforts of bamboo practitioners worldwide. For more information about World Bamboo Organization or to donate, please visit http://www.worldbamboo.net;
- The electricity in their office comes from 100% renewable energy;
- 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 their 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;
- Because of their efforts to protect the environment, they are very proud to have been certified as a B Corp. Please learn about B Corps http://bcorporation.net/
- They prefer to work with other Certified B Corps, such as their credit card processor Dharma Merchant Services, with whom they share a like-minded environmental mission. 10% of their profits earned from Bum Boosa are donated to World Bamboo Organization.
This is just a sample of some of their efforts. They are always open to new ideas on how they can improve.
How Bamboo Is Processed Into A Fiber
Are you interested in learning how Bum Boosa products are made?
Bamboo can be made into many different kinds of fiber, including tissue or paper, using the same manufacturing methods applied for traditional slow growth trees. They believe it is a good idea to alleviate the burden that trees bear due to industries’ appetite for pulp and paper, and use rapidly renewable bamboo instead.
There are different ways to create fiber and the method used depends on the type of fiber you want to to end up with. For example, they can make tissue, wet wipes, clothing, batting, cardboard, or writing paper. All require varying manufacturing processes.
How Bum Boosa Bathroom Tissue is Made
Their bathroom tissue is manufactured using the more environmentally-friendly process of thermo-mechanical pulping that is rarely used to make tissue products (more often it is used in making newsprint). Chlorine dioxide is used (this non elemental chlorine reduces dioxins in the environment to 90%) to assist in removal of lignin and to lighten the product.
The steps are as follows:
Bamboo is pulverized in machines;
It is cooked to pulp;
Paper pulp is sifted;
Pulp is bleached with equal parts of chlorine dioxide solid (Elemental Chlorine Free) with citric acid and water in a 1:15 ratio;
Pulp is washed with water;
Sifting pulp is repeated;
Pulp is diluted with water;
Tissue is dried and made into jumbo rolls;
Jumbo rolls are cut to small pieces for traditional sized bathroom tissue rolls.
The waste water from the pulping process is 100% recycled and is in compliance with environmental laws in China. Although the use of chlorine dioxide is still considered an imperfect solution in the processing of the tissue paper, they have not been able to find a better or more environmentally-friendly solution for creating their bathroom tissue yet. It is their goal to find a manufacturer who can reach their high expectations. However they feel that these lower impact processes combined with the use of the abundant, tree-free material of bamboo makes their bathroom tissue the best alternative to tree pulp tissue, both virgin and recycled-content, currently on the market.
Why Bum Boosa Uses Bamboo
There is simply so much to love about bamboo, their favorite rapidly renewable grass. There are also many kinds of non-renewable materials that it can replace, especially any product made from tree-pulp and many types of plastic used in fiber production.
Did you know that there are approximately 1,500 species of bamboo worldwide? It grows on every continent except for Antartica. The bamboo that is most often grown and harvested for fiber production is called Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens, or by its common name, Moso bamboo. Moso bamboo has thick culms that are wide in circumference and grow extremely tall. Moso bamboo grows up to a foot per day and is harvested in 2-3 years.
Benefits of Growing Bamboo As A Cash Crop
- Farmers do not need to replant it after it is harvested due to the prolific and deep root system. This eliminates an entire step with gas guzzling tractors with every harvest;
- No fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides are required in the growth process;
- Little to no irrigation is needed.
- Bamboo plantations are large “factories” for photosynthesis that reduce greenhouse gases.
- Bamboo establishes rapidly after a first planting – the first harvest of culms comes within two to five years.
- Minimal investment is required to establish a plantation – bamboo is readily available and easy to produce, and plants yield for many decades before flowering.
- Bamboo can be grown on peripheral or non-cropping land – growing bamboo need not interfere with food-cropping, and represents real increase in income and food security for farmers.
- Bamboo can be intercropped – shallow rooted food or cash crops are ideal, such as ginger, turmeric and mushrooms.
- Growing bamboo builds on farmers’ inherent plant cultivation skills, and increases their capacity to absorb or adapt to livelihood changes and disruptions.
(Retrieved April 18, 2013 from http://www.inbar.int/our-work/poverty-alleviation/).
The Bottom Line For Bamboo
Buying bamboo products not only alleviates the burden of trees around the world (and in some cases, replaces plastic material in products, i.e., wet wipes, disposable utensils, packaging, etc.), but it has reduced poverty for many rural Chinese with the great potential to reduce poverty for many others worldwide as they demonstrate a demand for this rapidly renewable grass elsewhere.
What About Bamboo Agriculture in the United States?
Bamboo has also been projected as a “new cash crop” for the USA’s economically-depressed Mississippi Delta, to replace exhausted cotton, and touted as the next “microsoft of the business world” according to Canadian Senator Doug Finley. As they build a future for bamboo in North America, it is critical to appreciate the beneficial aspect of bamboo imports in regards to helping us alleviate the burden of our own forestlands for pulp and paper products.
The Future of Bamboo
Bamboo is one of the oldest and hardiest grasses on the planet for which the surface has only been scratched in terms of its utilization. As traditional woods for tree-pulp rayon textiles and tree-pulp disposable products become less available and more expensive, the demand for manufactured bamboo will increase exponentially.
They believe that by replacing our tissues and other non-wovens fibers (disposables) with bamboo will have a positive impact on some of the biggest environmental threats that are already at our doorstep or lurk just around the corner. These include the outcomes from water overuse, water pollution, rampant pesticide use, landfills overfilled with synthetic materials, and deforestation.
About Bum Boosa
How Bum Boosa Got Started
Bum Boosa™ is the result of collaboration between mothers who wanted healthier products for their families and our planet. We are proud to have launched their remarkably distinctive products that make use of renewable bamboo and some of the most versatile and safest botanical ingredients they could find. We are motivated by their unwavering belief that our generation is obligated to make safer and more innovative sustainable products for a planet that is using disposable goods at higher rate than ever before.
Where Did They Get Their Name?
Choosing a great name was important to us. People often ask us where the name Bum Boosa™ comes from. They took the common Latin name for the bamboo genus- bambusa – and made a play on it. They sometimes come across someone who isn’t familiar with the term ”bum”. Well, just to be clear, being New Englanders, they adopted this term for the “backside” from the English a long time ago!
How They Define Their Purpose
Their purpose is to provide products that families can not only trust and feel good about, but products that have the higher objective of reducing the burden that trees bear due to the disposable products industries and limiting harsh chemicals and synthetic materials in our environment. Their dedicated and growing customer base is a constant and gratifying testimony to the fact that many, many people share their vision towards a future where we think about the consequences that our purchases and consumption have on the planet.
What the Future Holds
Continued growth and success of course! Although we can all agree on what we mean by “growth”, success is defined differently by the new generation of green business and isn’t based on sales alone. It’s based on how well they educate and inspire individuals to make good choices. They want you to choose their products not just based on their quality and complexity, but the worth they place on their customer community, their ethics, respect for the earth, and their willingness to invest some of their profit back into nature. They are dedicated to not only reduce deforestation, but they participate in reforestation by participating in several agro-forestry programs through Trees For The Future.
USDA Biobased Certification
Bum Boosa™ Bamboo Baby Wipes are a USDA Certified Biobased Product since 2011. They plan on certifying their bathroom tissue and diaper liners this year, as well. The USDA defines biobased products as those whose main ingredients are from renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials.
B Corp Certification
Bum Boosa™ Bamboo Products is a Certified B Corporation since 2011. B Corp certification is to sustainable business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.
Bum Boosa™ Bamboo Products is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC) since 2013. The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.
Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes won Canada’s 2010 Green Parents’ List Award for Best New Baby Skin Care Product, the 2011 Mother Approved/Child Tested Excellence Award (MACT), and was honored as a Favorite Product of Organic Baby University in both 2012 and 2013. Bum Boosa? was also a 2012 Cribsie Award Nominee for Best All Around Baby Wipes along with Seventh Generation, Huggies, and Pampers. Bum Boosa’s wipes received Champion Status on the Environmental Working Groups data base for Safe Cosmetics in 2011.
Bum Boosa has partnered with Northeast Film Partners and Legacy Entertainment. Their wipes have been placed on several television shows and movies. Most recently they were placed on Two Broke Girls and Revenge. Other sets they have been placed on but have not made it post editing were Weeds, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Baby Daddy, Veep, and The Watch. Additionally, their wipes were independently placed on Tia & Tamera Show on The Style Network via Ecomom.com. Their most recent placements have been done free of charge, with Bum Boosa being sought out.