When the entire world talks of “sustainable development” and the “idea of Greta and Caprio” enters into the political spectrum— it’s rather important that we make small changes in all the aspects of our lives.
The concept of sustainability gets even stronger when you make subtle changes in your daily routine like brushing, bathing, and wiping your bums
We make thousands of micro-decisions in our lives that include as small as waking up, and we don’t really give much thought about them.
But being sustainable itself means changing these nano-decisions for good— like ditching plastics— bathing with less freshwater— and changing the toilet papers.
Yes, you can contribute to the sustainable warrior-ship by changing a bit of your “toilet etiquettes.”
Don’t worry— I am not advocating bidet or reusable cloths but hemp toilet papers.
I mean, we don’t mind if bidet and reusable clothes are your cups of tea— many developing countries including India and Iran use these bidet nozzles that squirt a jet of water to aid in cleansing.
But hemp toilet papers bring hygiene and sustainability at the same time.
These unconventional hemp toilet papers work as the conventional ones, and also bring the freshness on the table.
For many “environmentalists,” the meaning of sustainable development is to go back to the older means or less modern method for whatever we do.
But hemp toilet papers prove them exactly wrong at this point where we can rivet to the conventional method which balances the call of the “pseudo-moralistic environmentalists” and “mindless nature-hunting individuals.”
So, hemp toilet papers should be the answer if you are given a choice between it and a conventional-tree toilet roll.
What are hemp toilet paper rolls?
The name is self-explanatory— hemp toilet paper rolls are made out of hemp plants.
Usually, a conventional toilet paper is made up of hardwood fibre which demands a series of chemical processes before being beaten down into the paper sheets.
But hemp plants are less demanding when it comes to malleabilizing them into hemp toilet papers.
Nothing hints us better than nature.
It clearly wants us to go for hemp-based toilet roll as its manufacturing involves a lot less toxic than any conventional means.
The straightforwardness in the making is “the brownie point” that hemp sweeps away from the conventional ones.
How are hemp toilet papers made?
The preparation process of hemp toilet papers differs slightly from the conventional toilet papers— courtesy to its natural attributes.
Generally, trees are debarked and chopped into small wood chunks.
The small pieces are mixed with water and chemicals that form the slurry mixture.
The slurry is pressurized under high pressure (call it cooker in layman’s or digester in professional terms).
It is cooked until we have virgin cellulose fibre. These fibres are also called as the pulp.
The pulp which seems sticky and gooey because of the lignin polymers are washed until the adhesiveness goes away.
The lignin in the tree’s pulp are tough to remove, which again require a bleaching process.
Bleaching of the pulp removes the lignin but leaves the traces of dioxin, chlorine, and other toxins into our waterways.
After the bleaching process— we have the composition of pulp and water in our hand— which is heated under the cylinder to make toilet rolls.
Since conventional tree toilet rolls have less cellulose, i.e., close to 30%— the process has to be repeated quite a bit of time to more and more numbers of tree barks to meet the needs that eventually lead to deforestation.
But hemp has more cellulose fibre than trees. And that changes a little today, but a lot in the long run.
High-cellulose hemp plants are harvested— debarked and cut into small pieces.
These pieces— akin to the conventional source— are converted into the slurry.
But as hemp is not a hardwood— we need a very little to no chemical processing to achieve softness.
Thus, hemp can easily be converted into pulp without using toxic chemicals into high-pressurizing cookers or digesters.
Once we have the pulp— the unwanted adhesive lignin is rinsed and removed from the actual pulp product.
Hemp’s chemical composition naturally supports more cellulose and less lignin which rules out the need for anti-environmental chemical processes.
Instead— the friendlier process like oxygen delignification and autohydrolysis can do the needful in hemp’s pulp.
And once we have washed away the adhesive polymer from the pulp— the residue is heated, flattened, and malleabilized into thin hemp toilet paper rolls.
You see— the process is almost the same— the end product is almost the same— but hemp still cuts out as a more eco-friendlier product.
Why you need to write hemp toilet papers in your toiletries list
Short answer. Simply, because it exists.
Well, the demand for toilet papers is ever-expanding like a Fermi-Paradox— but whom do you listen to— your demand or the environment?
Well— with Hemp Toilet Papers, you can listen to both.
On an average— one tree produces 200 paper rolls.
An average person uses 157 toilet paper rolls in a year. That’s almost one tree per person per year.
Going by the massive demand in western countries— we need more than millions of trees (cutting) to meet the needs of the consumers.
But resorting to hemp toilet papers could offset the expanding demand of the conventional toilet papers.
So far now— hemp toilet papers have been steady support to the conventional papers (which generate a lot of waste).
We don’t advocate the immediate switch from the conventional source to the new means of butt-wiping, but a steady acceptance will gradually put things in equilibrium.
We are not possessed by our ideologies. We aren’t ungrateful to the “conventional means of bum-swabbing,” but it’s the time when we start relaying the baton to the hemp toilet papers.
Not just because hemp is more eco-friendlier, but also because of other benefits that it offers.
Check these benefits of hemp toilet papers.
Why add hemp toilet papers in your shopping basket
#1 Hemp toilet papers are Super-soft on skin
Contrary to hardwood fibres— hemp toilet papers have naturally soft bast fibres.
Soft bast fibres are really flexible, which are extracted from the stalk or stem of the hemp plant.
The dense fibres are derived from the leaf fibres that provide toughness and support to the leaves whereas soft bast fibres provide strength to the barks and stems.
So, any hemp product comes out naturally soft.
If these products are meant for our skin— such as clothes and toilet rolls— the softer it is, the better.
Technically speaking— the chemicals used in the non-hemp toilet papers (to soften) can have an allergic infection in your butt-skin.
So, you are trading-off chemicals with a softness which might give rise to other allergic conditions such as itching, redness, swelling, and burning.
#2 Hemp toilet papers have high paper-absorbency, durability, and strength
Now and then— toilet paper companies claim that “they have the most absorbing product in the industry.”
What does that stand for?
Toilet papers should have excellent absorbency for hygiene because why not use newspapers then?
A good toilet paper is the one which absorbs water properly and doesn’t mess up the process.
You understand what I mean to say, don’t you?
Fortunately, hemp is naturally a strong and durable fibre that has a massive quality of holding five times its weight in water.
It can absorb 2.5x times more fluid than any microfibre.
The best part about hemp toilet paper is— the more it is washed— the more absorbent and softer it gets.
No, we aren’t asking you to reuse the hemp paper roll, but you can surely experiment (without using it).
#3 Hemp toilet papers play disinfectant in the sensitive areas
If you are a skin-sensitive person— which most of us are when it comes to butt— you need to practice safer cleaning means.
The oversensitive skins already can’t take the chemicals and fragrance of the conventional toilet papers, which can cause infections like allergic reactions, UTIs, fungal infection, puffiness, and yeast production.
Hemp toilet papers have natural compounds like cannabidiol (CBD) which are known for their antibacterial properties.
When you use it— you are cleaning up yourself “organically”, or you are using the “organic butt-wiping technique” that does the job when it comes to caring for such private sensitive areas.
Sometimes— friction from the conventional toilet paper makes room for moisture which eventually consumes chemicals, thereby leading to fungal infection.
The softness plus disinfecting qualities of the natural components present in hemp-based plants is almost next to none.
#4 Hemp toilet papers are renewable
Not that trees are not renewable.
Trees are the best source of renewable energy lest hemp takes the renewable process to the next level.
Unlike tree— hemp plants can be re-grown and harvested in as little as 70 days to 4 months, whereas trees may take eight years to 20 long years to be put into use completely.
Uhh— that needs quite an investment.
We can safely say that if hemp takes up the market— the production will be much faster because of the rate at which it grows in comparison to the normal trees.
Moreover— you can recycle wood-based paper only three times against seven times for hemp-based papers.
And again, time taken to recycle the hemp-based paper is much lesser than the time consumed in the wood-backed paper.
From production to harvest— recycling time to the number of recycling cycles—hemp takes up sweeps away the cherry in all the departments.
When we say recycling the hemp papers— we are not intending at reusing the toilet paper. No, that’s what we mean.
Recycling of hemp papers, in general means, recycling the papers which are used in other professions such as businesses and offices and newspaper supplies.
#5 Hemp toilet papers quickly degrade
We have already discussed how hemp uses fewer toxins and chemicals than conventional toilet papers.
Technically, all toilet papers should be biodegradable, but conventional ones use bleaching methods that involve anti-environment chemicals that take time to break naturally.
Not only hemp toilet papers, but even hemp plastics and cloths naturally breakdown in the environment, thereby reducing the threat of environmental degradation.
A non-biodegradable toilet roll uses more water and soil nutrients to break down that— credits to dangerous chemicals like BPA.
Since hemp is not produced under the might of chemical processes— it automatically has a biodegradable advantage over conventional toiletries.
So, why not give up on “moral policing” by the “ultra-environmentalists” when you clearly have a biodegradable option such as hemp toilet roll?
#6 Hemp toilet papers lower down the deforestation rate
Hemp clearly adds more value than any tree because of two factors— it’s high in cellulose fibre (close to 70 to 90%), and it flowers very quickly.
Studies reveal that one hemp plant has four times more pulp than a wood tree.
Needless to say— you’ll need less land for higher pulp production through hemp than a normal wood tree.
For what you need 1 acre of land to produce conventional toilet papers, you will only need 0.25 acres of land for the production of hemp toilet papers.
That saves you land— leads to a lesser deforestation rate— and higher production.
We don’t say that wood companies are waging a rampant war on trees for providing the needs, they ought to do that because of the massive demand— but we also want them to rethink their plans in fighting climate change.
A steady migration from wood-based toilet paper to hemp-based toilet paper will only save them lands on which they can focus on other core issues and also combat the ever-increasing CO2 in the atmosphere.
What’s the future of hemp toilet papers
We have already listed great benefits of hemp toilet papers.
But the only place where hemp toilet papers fall is in its availability.
Since hemp has always been a controversial plant and is always linked with the marijuana family— we don’t have sufficient scale-production to fulfil the expectations of the market.
Again, we don’t belong to the radical groups who believe in “overnight changes,” and who want to take down the system by shutting off the conventional toilet paper industries in a jiffy.
No, that’s not our method.
We believe that conventional toilet papers have been so far outstanding in penetrating its value proposition in the market. Still, it’s the right time that we divert our dependency on hemp-based toilet rolls.
As more and more regions are lifting the legislative stigma encircling hemp— we are precisely in the “right time of earth” when this transition can happen smoothly.
The future of hemp toilet papers looks great as industries are slowly transcending from their non-biodegradable means to the biodegradable ones.