Bamboo Paper Products for the Eco-Conscious #earthfriendly
Bamboo is like soy. You can make almost anything out of it, and also eat it. What is interesting about the bamboo plant is how fast it can grow. I knew of the fast growing, sustainable properties of this versatile plant, but apparently some varieties can grow 3 whole feet in just one day! It’s logical to make household paper products out of something that grows beyond significantly faster than the trees we are used to using. Most households go through so much toilet paper, tissue, wipes, etc. in a year that it’s no wonder the forests are being cut down faster than we can replace them. Bamboo may be the key to solving this increasing devastation.
Caboo products are made from bamboo and sugarcane fibers which are fast growing, renewable resources that help create a fully biodegradable product for your family. The company aims to create an alternative for the high demand household paper products that are largely to blame for the deforestation problem. What I love about Caboo is their full disclosure about the company. If you check out their FAQ page, you will find answers to questions about where they harvest the bamboo, how this affects the environment, how big of a carbon footprint is made in the process, and details on the process of making their products.
I had the opportunity to try out the toilet paper, the tissues, and the baby wipes for the last few weeks. The first thing I noticed about these products is how similar they are to the tree paper products we are familiar with. These bamboo and sugarcane paper products are white (as their website states, they do not use bleaching agents), they are soft, and they are strong. Nothing is worse than personal paper products that fall apart when you are using them. Best of all, these products are fragrance and dye free. Excellent for those of us who are sensitive to such things.
As far as the texture and look of this paper, I felt it was very similar to traditional tree based toilet paper. However, I noted immediately that there was no crumbling or breaking apart of the Caboo product, unlike many brands of tree paper I’ve experienced which tends to leave behind a paper fiber residue or debris. This roll lasted twice as long as the cheap-o brand we were using prior to the trial.
These tissue were strong. I knew I could trust them to stay strong during use as well. Having the tissues in handy travel packs allowed me to try them out in a variety of situations. Runny nose, check! Chewing gum needs to be thrown out, check! Forgot a dog poo bag, check! I always keep a pack of tissues in my bag for the multitude of reasons I find myself in need of one when we are out of the house. These are perfectly soft for how strong they are and really held up to the tough jobs, like the dog poo, but they weren’t scratchy like the “pretty” ones you find in the dollar store.
Well, we don’t have a baby in the house anymore, so we just call them wet wipes. In our house, we like to be that extra fresh clean, so we use wet cloth wipes in the bathroom. For the last couple weeks we replaced our regular cloth wipes with these 100% bamboo Caboo wipes. Again, I was thrilled not to have fragrance added to this product. One day I left a wipe out on the counter and it dried. When I came back in, it was a beautiful shimmering cloth that caught my attention. The bamboo fibers were shining! This sparked an idea to test the strength of this wipe. While they seemed a little thin during use, I did notice that they held up well and their shape was not compromised at all. When I pulled this way and that on the dry cloth, it proved that bamboo fibers can take a lot before they begin to tear. I tried the same thing on a fresh wet wipe and found the result to be similar. This inspired me to try something. I put a wipe in a bowl of water and left it there for a whole day. The wipe didn’t change much by the end of that day. Bamboo sure is strong. I didn’t do any composting of these products, so I can’t give a first hand experience on how well they biodegrade, but the company says it is 100% biodegradable in as little as 28 days. Even though you should never flush baby wipes, I’d like to add that I wouldn’t suggest flushing these wipes.
I was pleased with these products. I felt like I was using a high quality brand that provided me the strength and cleanliness I was used to, while also making me feel proud to be making a more eco-friendly choice with something so highly disposable. I’d be happy to make Caboo part of my regular household purchases and feel like the company sends a message of sincerity that rivals that of it’s competitors. If you’d like to check out the Caboo product family, you can find them on Amazon or search for the nearest store that carries their products via the website.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive the above mentioned products free, to test for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. Read full disclosure policy here.