Our bamboo grows in the renewable and protected bamboo forests of Western China. Our sugarcane is sourced from protected sugarcane fields in Thailand. We use the sugarcane bagasse after sugar extraction.
Bamboo harvesting takes place within two years of initial sprouting. Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than trees and absorbs huge quantities of carbon dioxide. And—unlike trees—cutting bamboo actually promotes its growth. Because bamboo and sugarcane are grasses, they don’t need to be replanted.
Stalks are transported to a nearby chipping facility, where they are chipped and broken down into smaller pieces ready for transporting to the processing plant.
4. Boiling & Whitening Process
The chips and sugarcane bagasse are placed into boiling tanks where they are boiled into a soft compound. The whitening process then uses an elemental chlorine bleach method.
5. Water Management
Our production facilities are strictly monitored by law to ensure that a minimum of 70% of the water used during production is recycled.
After whitening, the bamboo and sugarcane pulp is dried and compressed into solid plates that are then cut into transportable sizes.
The bamboo and sugarcane plates are combined and formed into large rolls that are then cut into our typical roll sizes. These rolls are wrapped by machine, then hand sorted into recycled cardboard boxes of transporting.
Our port is close by the processing plant. Studies show that shipping goods by sea to ports adjacent to major retail markets is the most carbon-efficient means of moving most products to market in a global economy.
And so we return to the first step – the benefit of using renewable materials. As bamboo and sugarcane are grasses they start growing back immediately and are ready for harvesting again in three or four months – making re-planting unnecessary, unlike trees that need to be replanted and can take 30 years to grow.