Bamboo and sugarcane are excellent resources for the production of paper products. Here are our top 8 reasons why these plants make great paper.
#1. Soft – Bamboo and sugarcane fibers used to make paper produce a very soft paper which is a lot softer than most recycled paper products.
# 2. Strong – Bamboo and sugarcane fibers are very strong and therefore produce strong paper products.
#3. Biodegradable – Bamboo and sugarcane fibers quickly dissolve back into the earth so it’s safe for all disposal systems.
#4. Rapidly Renewable and Sustainable – Sugarcane and bamboo are grasses, not hardwoods and are some of the fastest growing grasses on earth. The average bamboo plant can grow up to 24 inches a day. Due to bamboo’s deep root system, replanting is not necessary. Once bamboo is cut, the stem is left and the bamboo can grow back in 3-4 months!
#5. Virgin Fibers – Bamboo and sugarcane are virgin fibers so they don’t require heavy bleaching of inks and dyes as in recycled paper products.
#6. Save Trees – About 27,000 trees daily are used to make toilet paper globally. That’s a lot of trees! Canada provides about 90% of the world’s pulp and approximately and most logging occurs in old growth, ancient and endangered forests. Bamboo and sugarcane can replace trees for pulp production and help to save trees and endangered forests.
#7. Reduce Soil Erosion – Bamboo can grow in environments with depleted soil and little water and actually returns nutrients to the soil, improving degraded areas. Bamboo’s unique rhizome (root) system protects soil from erosion and retains moisture.
#8. Eco-friendly and Efficient – Sugarcane bagasse – the dry, fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks of sugarcane – is an eco-friendly and renewable raw material. As a by-product of the sugar industry, bagasse is generally disposed of or burned after sugarcane is processed into sugar. Instead of disposing or burning bagasse, we can turn it into paper!