Greencane Paper make eco friendly and biodegradable toilet paper, paper towels and tissues, from sugar cane and bamboo pulp. Eco friendly loo roll is the kind of thing that excites me, so I was really happy to be sent some to try out!
I was sent Greencane's mixed paper box, which is huge and will impress your postman and make your husband ask where all this loo roll is to be stored! It contains 32 rolls of toilet paper, 6 rolls of paper towels and 3 boxes of facial tissues.
Each case costs £23.80, which I think is really good value. You can also chose to get a case of 48 loo rolls, 24 kitchen rolls or 24 boxes of tissues for the same price. You can make a one off purchase or subscribe and be sent your chosen box of Greencane paper every 6, 12 or 18 weeks - how handy is that?!
I've been using Greencane paper for the last couple of weeks and I'm really impressed.
The loo roll is really smooth and soft and strong. It's so smooth that to be completely honest, when I opened it my heart sank, because it looked really thin and I thought it was going to be no good. That couldn't be further from the truth, and I think it's probably down to the materials it's made from. I'd guess sugarcane and bamboo are stronger than wood-paper, so it doesn't need to be as thick. We usually use triple velvet, and Greencane's toilet paper is as soft and as strong. Also the rolls are really long and last ages! We're converts!
I gave the kitchen roll the greasiest task I could find, soaking up the oil when I fried poppadoms. I don't use kitchen roll often, but it's handy for a few cooking jobs and it stood up to the task really well.
Again, I rarely use tissues as I prefer reusable, fabric hankies, but I do use tissues if I have a cold and Joe isn't a hanky fan! We've both had summer colds and the Greencane paper tissues have been soft and gentle on our noses.
Greencane is made from sugar cane fibre (a byproduct of sugar production, one tonne of recycled sugar cane pulp saves 17 trees) and bamboo (quick growing and low impact) and 30% wood pulp.
The harvesting methods for sugar cane and bamboo are kinder to the environment than felling trees.
The paper's made from GMO free and BPA free materials, and bleached with non-chlorine bleach.
The packaging is plastic free. The clear part of the wrapper is made from plant based cellophane that will biodegrade in a commercial composting facility. (The only niggle I have with Greencane is the inclusion of the cellophane panel. I'd much prefer totally paper packaging, and plastic free tape on the cardboard crate. However, there's still waaaaay less plastic packaging on the Greencane than on conventional loo roll products.)
Greencane paper products are made in a nice factory subject to external environmental audits.
Keep up with new developments on Greencane's twitter account and buy your lovely biodegradable loo roll from greencane.com.
Disclosure - I was sent a case of Greencane paper to review. I only write about products I like and I like Greencane paper. All opinions are my own, but some of the photos I've used belong to Greencane.