Bamboi® bamboo toilet paper is made in China because this is where the largest bamboo forests are found. This provides a large supply of local, natural resources. In addition, there is much expertise in China about bamboo and its processing into toilet paper. This ensures that our sustainable toilet paper is truly made from 100% bamboo. The entire product consists of bamboo, from the core to the roll and the wrapper around it.
The bamboo that Bamboi® uses comes entirely from responsibly managed forests in Sichuan, a region in China, and is fortunately not at all interesting to pandas. The species represents an area of 200,000 hectares. This is equivalent to about 100,000 – 150,000 soccer fields. There is more than enough to use. And the more it is used, the better it is for the world, read the frequently asked questions!
How did toilet paper come into being?
That there is a lot of expertise about toilet paper in China is actually quite logical considering that the first toilet paper was created there. Paper-making itself is even said to have been a reason for the golden age in China (618-907). In fact, the first toilet paper description was found in a text in China in the 6th century. However, it wasn’t until 1391 that paper was used and made for specifically this reason.
It was Ts’ai Lun who mixed bark, hemp and rags (old clothes) with water and thus discovered the pulping process. This mixture was then mashed into a pulp. From the pulp, all excess water is squeezed out and then dried in the sun. These loose dried sheets became the first toilet paper. Read about the benefits of bamboo toilet paper.
Who is the inventor of toilet paper?
So the real inventor of toilet paper was a person in China. The first toilet paper was used here well before the commercialization of toilet rolls. Because it wasn’t until 1857 that a man named Joseph Gayetty wrapped and sold his flat-folded paper sheets as the first toilet paper, thus becoming the inventor of toilet paper. Also curious about the toilet roll holder? We tell you all about the toilet roll holder.
It was the American company Scott that started wrapping paper on a roll in 1890 and thus came up with the first toilet roll.
Why is toilet paper white?
Toilet paper is white because it is bleached. Without bleach, toilet paper would have a brownish color. Under the theme of “too much information,” white paper is better in the sense that people can more clearly control their toileting. In fact, colored toilet paper or even brown toilet paper is less suitable for this purpose.
But besides the hygienic preference of color there is another “better” reason that paper is bleached. To explain this requires a little insight into the production of toilet paper.
Toilet paper is made from cellulose fibers that come from trees, bamboo and recycled paper or cardboard, for example. The fibers can be short or long, which varies by the origin of the fiber. The fibers are mixed with water to form a pulp and this pulp is then bleached with hydrogen peroxide or chlorine. This process is also responsible for softening the paper because the chemicals remove lignin from the paper. However, there is still a debate about this because virgin wood pulp bleaching makes the softest material but it is far from necessary. In fact, cellulose fibers are already white and fine soft toilet paper can be made from unbleached fibers. So bleached toilet paper is a norm rather than a real function. Choose ecological toilet paper.
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