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While I try to live as close to a zero waste lifestyle as I can, the toilet paper waste is one thing I haven’t been able to avoid ... as I’m not quite ready for the extra work and ick factor involved with using reusable wipes. Last year while I was writing my daily #GoneGreen2016 series, I researched sustainable options for switching away from conventional toilet paper, and while I had long been using recycled toilet paper in my home, I was still unhappy about it as a solution. 

My first introduction to the idea of 'tree-free' was when REBEL GREEN got in touch about sponsoring this post about their bamboo toilet paper and paper towels. Naturally, as I do with every brand that contacts me, I started researching about bamboo as a paper solution to see if it was a truly sustainable option (because bamboo clothing is not) or if it might instead be a case of greenwashing. Turns out it's genuinely green.

I once saw this TED talk by William McDonough in which he quoted the perfect reason to avoid any virgin paper, or wood products for that matter, which I’ve never seen explained better
"If you look at a tree and think of it as a design assignment, it would be like asking you to make something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy's fuels, makes complex sugars and food, changes colours with the seasons, creates microclimates, and self-replicates ... but by all means ... let's cut it down so we can write on it". 
In America, 98% of toilet roll sold come from virgin woods due to the country's insistence on having extra-soft, quilted, multiply. ONE tree makes about 1,000 rolls of toilet paper andAmericans use an average of 7 billion rolls per year (twice as much as Europeans, because that's the way Americans be)... so that's 7 million trees per year being chopped for America butts ... never mind the rest of the world.

While recycling paper conserves natural resources, consumes less energy, and decreases over all environmental pollution in comparison to buying new; even recycled paper, in all its forms, can cause harm to our planet. This is due to the fact that the impact of energy used in the manufacturing process which is derived from fossil fuels. Producing new, of course, uses energy too, so, what makes bamboo better?
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While Bamboo tissue still uses energy like any mass-produced thing, it may be a better choice than recycled paper, due to the fact that (according to REBEL GREEN) bamboo in its growth offsets the amount of carbon generated from making, shipping, and disposing of bamboo products by sequestering 12 tonnes of CO2 per hectare, per year. Bamboo is also the fastest growing plant on the planet, growing approximately 39 inches in 24 hours and is such a successful plant, that there are more than 1,500 species colonizing a multitude of habitats from sea level to 12,000 feetSustainably produced bamboo toilet paper/paper towel (like REBEL GREEN's) are also GMO-free, BPA free, chlorine free, need very little water to grow, and are grown without pesticides. It's also biodegradable, meaning it can return to the earth from which it came at the end of its lifecycle.

REBEL GREEN is a line of natural cleaning products that is dedicated to providing customers with safer, greener choice for our homes and the planet. Their creations, which range from fruit and veggie clean to USDA certified organic laundry detergent and tree-free products I tried and researched before creating this post. You can find their tree-free products to try for yourself on their website HERE.
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PHOTOS: Monique Pantel
SOURCES: Intechopen, National Geographic, The Guardian, Sierra Club, Business Insider, TED
SPONSORED POST: This post is sponsored by REBEL GREEN and I received the items pictured for review!  I don't receive any editorial direction from brands I work with, and any opinions shared as well as the story direction is mine (and Shane's). Any facts used to support my opinions or provide information can be found in the source links above