is bamboo eco friendly?

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  1. Thanks for this thorough overview, I really appreciate.

    Did you look into the adhesives used to keep the bamboo strands together? I was curious about what is used, for example to make cutting boards and engineered flooring.

    As for toilet paper, I think one must consider transportation costs. Toilet paper is very bulky once manufactured. If the makers are importing bamboo pulp to Australia or North America it’s one thing, but if they import fully-made tp… how would the footprint compare to locally produced tp from recycled fiber.

    I’m also concerned about what happens to the land if the bamboo culture is abandoned. Bamboo is practically impossible to destroy/remove, around here it’s considered an invasive species. If forest land is deforested for bamboo, the permanent loss of biodiversity can be staggering!

    Thanks again for this great piece.

    1. Brigitte! Nice to hear from you.

      Adhesives didn’t get on my radar when researching, but I’ll check it out.

      Excellent points about toilet paper and biodiversity issues. Thanks for sharing — your input is always valuable.