Which toilet paper is better - Bamboo or 100% Recycled?

The question on everyone's mind - which is better, Bamboo or Recycled paper?
Both are green products and there are great pros for each! Still, there's no denying it, the short answer is Bamboo.

Fancy the long rational with facts and figures? Here you go:


Benefits of 100% recycled toilet paper:

  • Conserves natural resources
  • Reduces deforestation
  • Uses 35% less water than making new paper
  • Produces 74% less air pollution than making new paper
  • Saves landfill space
  • Cheaper than waste-disposal
  • More affordable than bamboo products
  • Reduces pollution as paper in landfills produces methane greenhouse gases
  • Recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 1438.46 litres of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy (enough to power an average home for six months) AND reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).
  • 100% recycled is better than the alternatives which are virgin wood paper or even 30-50% recycled paper.
  • It is the more cost effective than the bamboo paper products that are now widely available on the market.


Recycled paper does have limits though. Every time paper is recycled, the fibres become shorter and weaker. In general, paper can be recycled up six times before it must be discarded.

What gives Bamboo paper the edge?

  • Highly renewable as it grows quickly and can be replenished immediately after use
  • Takes up less space
  • No fertiliser or pesticides required to grow
  • Short time frames and easy maintenance avoids over-planting and over consumption
  • Soft and strong
  • Breaks down significantly faster than recycled and virgin wood and naturally decomposes leaving no trace of existence on the planet or on your pipes


In conclusion, there is no doubt that the winner here is Bamboo. Across the board, bamboo toilet paper outperforms other toilet paper options.

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