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Bumboo - Transparency Behind Bumboo Production

bamboo toilet paper

Now obviously we can’t give away the secrets that make Bumboo soft as a panda and strong as a bear. However, we do want to be completely transparent with the process of making Bumboo and share some of the more sustainable practices we adhere to.


Farming Bamboo

  • Our bamboo is sourced from a network of local farms, these are independent farmers incentivized with government subsidies to grow bamboo. Starting in 1970 the Chinese government has been encouraging farmers to cultivate bamboo and funding factories to stimulate the growth of the bamboo industry.

  • There are now over 300 species of bamboo grown for commercial use.


Does harvesting Bumboo affect the panda habitat?

  • No, we love pandas! Our bamboo is cultivated from farms, not original wild bamboo. This is the main difference between bamboo toilet paper and hardwood toilet paper. Although there are tree farms used for toilet paper, a large portion of the harvesting is coming from natural forests ranging in age from 50-80 years old.

  • Sourcing from farms means Bumboo does not destroy the natural habitat of pandas and other forest animals.  

  • If you want to get into the depths of it… we use a species of bamboo named Neosinocalamus Affinis, this is not the same species Giant Pandas eat. (Check out a photo of it below)

clumping bamboo bumboo toilet paper


Storage and Preparation of Bumboo

  • First bumboo must be chopped down and transported to a storing facility, the bumboo must sit for a period of time to dry and defoliate.

  • Once dried out, the bumboo is chopped into pieces just under an inch long to create bamboo chips. These chips are used to make the bumboo pulp.


  • Cooking bamboo is the most sustainable way to process bamboo as a raw material. Using steam to process and break down the fibers retains pulp strength, and contains the loss of energy in the form of heat. Cooking over a period of time uses less heat and reduces the amount of waste steam leakage, eliminating the pollution caused by exhaust gas from other forms of processing.


  • Bleaching is used by a majority of toilet paper companies to improve the color and image of toilet paper. As you can tell, we do not bleach bumboo toilet paper! We have nothing to hide and do not feel the need to incorporate chlorine gas into the production of our paper.

Wastewater Treatment & Recycling

  • In short, the main bi-product of bamboo production is with wastewater, this is from the steaming, cleaning, and cooking process used to breakdown chips into a usable pulp material for use. This water is processed through multiple rounds of filtration can be fully utilized in repeat processes like steaming, cleaning, and cooking of the bamboo to reduce the amount of discarded wastewater.


We hope this clears some things up about where Bumboo comes from! 
Happy Wiping - Bumboo