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
Q: Is it really worth worrying about what ingredients are in their baby wipes and other baby products?
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.
Q: Are the baby wipes, toilet paper and diaper liners quality-controlled?
Yes. They take this very seriously. The facilities where their baby wipes are manufactured are audited by FDA, and ISO:9001 Certified. The employed manufacturing practices are compliant with the US cGMP Guidelines and the EU Council GMPc Guidelines. Additionally, all of their products are strictly tested for quality at their respective facility and again upon entrance into the U.S.A.
Q: How is the manufacturing process of their toilet paper more environmentally friendly?
First, their toilet paper manufacturer uses a thermo-mechanical engineering process to pulp the bamboo, which is very different than the chemically intensive processes that are most common. You can get more details here. Second, the manufacturing processes utilized by their toilet paper manufacturer use 80% less water than normal tissue paper production, are elemental chlorine-free and utilize less energy ensuring a sustainable process. You also do not have to worry about BPAs being present in their toilet tissue. You do if you are using a recycled content bathroom tissue.
Q: Do their products contain genetically modified materials or ingredients?
No, they do not. In fact, they are currently enrolled in the Non-GMO Project. Their bathroom tissue is already NON GMO Verified with the NON GMO Project as of June, 2014- the first bathroom tissue to be verified! Their other products will be officially certified by mid 2014.
Q: 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.
Q: Is their 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 in order to prevent it from going to landfills. In turn, they offer you a generous rebate check when you return the plastic! Talented local artists and designers hand-craft new items after the packaging is sterilized. The packages are upcycled into new items such as shopping, diaper bags, jewelry, toilet paper holders, and more. Get more details here.
The packaging for the bathroom tissue is made from 100% recycled content and is recyclable. It does not contain any plastic.
The diaper liners do come wrapped in plastic, but they are currently looking at alternative packaging for this product.
Q: Are their baby wipes flushable?
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. In fact, several states have tried to ban this marketing claim for wet wipes altogether. Therefore, they do not recommend that you flush Bum Boosa Bamboo Baby Wipes. There is more to flushablity than whether or not the product will biodegrade. What they have learned is that flushability really depends on if the flushed material will cause blockage problems en route to these microbial feasts. If you flush many wipes per day, chances are that it could be a problem. If you have any questions about “flushability”, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their toilet paper and diaper liners however, are safe to flush.
Q: Are their baby wipes and bathroom tissue a bio-based material?
Yes, these products are made from bio-based bamboo material. So far, they have certified their bamboo baby wipes in the USDA Bioprefered program. They will eventually complete the certification process for their bathroom tissue, as well. The USDA defines bio-based products as those whose main ingredients are from renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials. Get more info at www.biopreferred.gov
Q: Are Bum Boosa Bamboo Wipes compostable?
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 their independent results and by their 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 theirs. They will keep you updated on their progress with their certification tests. In the meantime, they cannot make claims that they are compostable at industrial or municipal facilities.
Q: Is your 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:
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 partially dissolved.
Q: Does Bum Boosa test on animals?
They have never, nor will 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 many trees has Bum Boosa planted with Trees for the Future and where were they planted?
Bum Boosa planted 50,000 trees with Trees for the Future. Their trees were being planted 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 and to date their trees were planted 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.
Q: 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.
Q: Why did they choose bamboo for their 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.
Q: Why do they 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.
Q: I notice that Bum Boosa is B Corp certified? What does that mean?
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. Find out more at www.bcorporation.net
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.