Caboo - 100 % Bamboo and Sugarcane 2-Ply Paper Towels - 2 Roll(s)
Caboo 100% Bamboo and Sugarcane 2-Ply Paper Towels are a sustainable green alternative to conventional paper products made from standing trees. Sugarcane and Bamboo are among the fastest growing grasses on Earth which require only soil, sun & natural rainwater to grow. After harvest they grow back from their own roots, in as little as 3-4 months, which is up to 120 times faster than traditional hardwoods.
- 2 Rolls
- Made with 100% Bamboo and Sugarcane
- 100% biodegradable
- Septic Safe
- 100% Treeless and Free of all Wood Fiber
- Waste Up-Cycling
- Free of Chlorine Bleach, Fragrances & BPA
Why Choose Caboo?
Uses fast-growing grasses, not trees
Because bamboo and sugarcane are grasses rather than hardwoods, they both grow very quickly and, after harvest, grow back just as quickly, in as little as three to four months (trees can take up to 30 years to grow). No replanting is necessary, unlike trees, which never grow back after being cut down. About 83 million rolls of toilet paper are produced from trees each day.
Kind on the environment
Switching to Caboo can help save rainforests, water, and wildlife, and can make a real impact on reversing climate change. Bamboo can grow in environments with depleted soil and little water and actually returns nutrients to the soil, which improves degraded areas. Bamboo also doesn't require fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides. An added and very important benefit is that Caboo paper is made from bamboo species that are not food sources for pandas.
Makes use of renewable resources
Sugarcane is much like bamboo, with an added environmental bonus. The "bagasse", the dry fibrous residue that remains after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks, is what they use to make their paper. Normally this bagasse is either disposed of or burned, which means that they are repurposing what would otherwise be discarded. Talk about renewable!
The sustainable alternative
Switching to Caboo paper can help move toward a more sustainable lifestyle. In fact it's probably one of the easiest things that someone can do to help the environment during daily life. If operating a business, switching to Caboo paper can contribute toward the company's sustainability goals.
More eco-friendly than recycled paper
Recycling or processing a tree into tissue can take much more water and energy than the minimal processing necessary to turn bamboo and sugarcane into paper. BPA can also be found in recycled tissue after deinking and cleaning recycled paper. Caboo's sugarcane and bamboo paper is 100% BPA free.
Softer and stronger than recycled paper
Unlike recycled bath tissue, which can be rough or thin, Caboo's sugarcane and bamboo fibers produce a much softer product than recycled paper. And it's strong, too, bamboo's natural qualities make a paper that's been tested to be stronger than recycled tissue of the same weight.
Caboo is 100% biodegradable because its fibers quickly dissolve back into the earth, making it safe for all disposal systems.
Chlorine bleach free
They use H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) instead of chlorine bleach to whiten their paper. Because no chloride is actually contained in the wastewater, it can be used in the next process after it is recycled.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Bamboo and Sugarcane?
Bamboo and Sugarcane are grasses, not hardwoods. They both grow very quickly and, after harvest, grow back just as quickly. No replanting is necessary. Unlike trees, which can take up to 30 years to grow and mature, bamboo and sugarcane grow back as quickly as in three to four months. When a tree is cut, it never grows back. In addition, bamboo's natural rhizome (root) network protects soil from erosion and retains moisture, and bamboo can grow in environments with depleted soil and little water. In fact, it actually returns nutrients to the soil; improving degraded areas. Bamboo doesn't require fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides. Sugarcane is much like bamboo, but with an added environmental bonus. The "bagasse", the dry fibrous residue that remains after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks, is what they use to make their paper. Normally this bagasse is either disposed or burned, meaning they are re-purposing what would otherwise be discarded.
How does Caboo paper compare in softness to other tissues?
Unlike recycled bath tissue, which can be rough or thin, Caboo is soft. The sugarcane and bamboo fibres used to make this paper produce a much softer product than recycled paper and many virgin wood fiber papers. And it's strong, too, bamboo's natural qualities make a paper that's been tested to be stronger than recycled tissue of the same weight.
How is Caboo more eco-friendly than recycled paper?
Recycling or processing a tree into tissue can use much more water and energy than the minimal processing necessary to turn bamboo and sugarcane fibers into paper. With recycled paper, the raw material still needs to be cleaned, whitened, and converted back into the final product. Various studies have found BPA in paper products made from trees, in particular recycled paper. This is primarily due to thermal papers (which contain high levels of BPA) that are recycled and from there getting mixed into the paper recycling process. There have been health related concerns linked to BPA in recent years. Caboo is BPA free.
In addition, although use of recycled paper has a positive impact on using less trees, they believe using recycled products does not address the root cause of deforestation as trees are still being used. Switching to Caboo sugarcane and bamboo paper can help protect their natural resources and make a real impact on reversing climate change.
Do they use chlorine bleach to whiten the paper?
No. Caboo products use a chlorine bleach free method for whitening. The use of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) is used instead of chlorine bleach. Because no chloride is actually contained in the waste water, it can be used in the next process after it is recycled.
Is Caboo paper biodegradable?
Yes. Caboo is 100% biodegradable. Its fibers quickly dissolve back into the earth, so it's safe for all disposal systems.
Where is the bamboo and sugarcane sourced?
Their raw materials are sourced from Asia. Approximately one third of the world's bamboo and most of the world's fastest growing bamboo is found here.
Does harvesting bamboo impact panda habitat?
The species of bamboo harvested for their paper has been certified as species that are not food sources for panda bears. As well, their production facility is FSC certified which must comply with a strict set of guidelines including protecting threatened and endangered species and their habitats and prohibiting conversion of forests or any other natural habitat.
How is your process for turning baboo & sugarcane into paper sustainable?
The process to convert their raw materials into paper involves a manufacturing model that prioritizes environmental impact. It is important to note, they are using virgin fibers that do not require intense cleaning or de-inking. For the bleaching process they use hydrogen peroxide as an alternative to chlorine bleach. During the entire manufacturing process their facility follows strict water recycling guidelines whereby 70 percent of the water used during all processes has to be recycled. They visit their manufacturing facility routinely to ensure they are well informed and up to date on processes and for ongoing quality control to ensure delivering a safe and sustainable product from the ground up to their customers. Overall their efforts to minimize the environmental impact during processing continue to be their key priority.
What certifications does your production facility have?
Their manufacturing facility is fully FSC and ISO 14001 Certified.
Why do you use plastic packaging for some products?
This is currently the safest and best way to transport many of their goods (such as 4 and 12-pack bathroom tissue) without causing damage to the products as well as to ensure meeting hygienic safety standards. They are always looking for ways to evolve their processes and as new packaging alternatives become available that meet their criteria in protecting the product and their customers, they will be happy to be on board.
How It's Made
Their bamboo grows in the renewable and protected bamboo forests of Western China. Their sugarcane is sourced from protected sugarcane fields in Thailand. They use the sugarcane bagasse after sugar extraction.
Bamboo harvesting takes place within two years of initial sprouting. Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees and absorbs huge quantities of carbon dioxide. And, unlike trees, cutting bamboo actually promotes its growth. Because bamboo and sugarcane are grasses, they don't need to be replanted.
Stalks are transported to a nearby chipping facility, where they are chipped and broken down into smaller pieces ready for transporting to the processing plant.
Boiling & Whitening Process
The chips and sugarcane bagasse are placed into boiling tanks where they are boiled into a soft compound. The whitening process then uses a non-chlorine bleach method.
Their production facilities are strictly monitored by law to ensure that a minimum of 70% of the water used during production is recycled.
After whitening, the bamboo and sugarcane pulp is dried and compressed into solid plates that are then cut into transportable sizes.
The bamboo and sugarcane plates are combined and formed into large rolls that are then cut into their typical roll sizes. These rolls are wrapped by machine, then hand sorted into recycled cardboard boxes of transporting.
Their port is close by the processing plant. Studies show that shipping goods by sea to ports adjacent to major retail markets is the most carbon-efficient means of moving most products to market in a global economy.
And so they return to the first step, the benefit of using renewable materials. As bamboo and sugarcane are grasses they start growing back immediately and are ready for harvesting again in three or four months, making re-planting unnecessary, unlike trees that need to be replanted and can take 30 years to grow.
Global toilet paper use takes 27,000 trees a day out of the ecosystem. Replacing each tree takes decades.
What is Caboo?
Caboo offers commercial and household paper products made from renewable, fast-growing bamboo and sugarcane to their customers around the world. Bamboo and sugarcane are sustainable alternatives to using trees to make paper.
Did you know that globally humans cut down around 900,000 trees every daily for paper products, including 27,000 trees for toilet paper alone? The average person uses 19ft of toilet paper per day. That's a lot of trees that will take decades to replace, or that may never be replaced. They wanted to find a sustainable alternative.
Because bamboo and sugarcane are grasses, not hardwoods like trees, they are fast growing and do not require replanting. That makes bamboo and sugarcane a sustainable alternative to conventional paper made from trees, as part of an effort to minimize their overall environmental footprint. They aim to use the most innovative technology and materials in order to provide sustainable, treeless paper that is also luxuriously soft and very strong.