Bamboo has been the reigning champion of eco-friendly materials for a long time, and it’s not hard to see why. It grows fast, can be used in so many ways, and doesn’t need harmful pesticides to thrive, making it a fantastic alternative to plastic and other eco-unfriendly materials

In the past few years, however, there’s been a new player giving bamboo a run for its money: sugarcane. Not only is it less harmful to produce, but it actually prevents physical waste and sucks up more carbon emissions, too!

Here at Sweet Cheeks, we’re big believers in using sugarcane as an eco-friendly choice for household products. Read on to find out why we think it beats out bamboo any day!

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Cuts down on land clearing

The popularity of bamboo has a downside: people are planting bamboo groves like crazy, which means they’re clearing out big swathes of land and replacing all the existing plant life with bamboo. The side effect? The local wildlife is either kicked out of their homes or destroyed outright.

Even worse, most bamboo farms are planted as a monoculture. This means that all the other plant varieties are removed, disrupting the diversity of the ecosystem and leading to some serious knock-on effects on the environment.

In contrast, the material used in sugarcane products (like Sweet Cheeks’ very own TP) is a byproduct of the sugar-making process – it’s the plant fibre left behind once all the sucrose has been squeezed out for sugar. Unlike bamboo, there’s no need to grow extra crops just to make sugarcane household products. This helps save land and makes them more eco-friendly.


Saves materials from a fiery fate

Tying in with the above, sugarcane products don’t just use up those leftover fibres – they actually save them from a pretty eco-unfriendly destiny.

These fibres, also known as ‘bagasse,’ would usually end up in a landfill or even be burnt en masse, which isn’t great for our air quality. But by giving them a second life as eco-friendly products, we avoid all that and help reduce pollution in the environment.

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Sucks up carbon emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions play a huge role in climate change, so it’s important we find ways to remove them from the atmosphere. Luckily, lots of plants (including sugarcane and bamboo) can help with this – they absorb the emissions as part of photosynthesis and convert them into oxygen.

However, sugarcane is what we call a C4 plant, while bamboo is in the C3 category. This means that sugarcane is much better at soaking up carbon dioxide than bamboo is, making it more effective at reversing the impacts of climate change.

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When you look at all the benefits listed above, it’s clear that sugarcane beats bamboo in almost every way. It’s less harmful to produce, sucks up more carbon emissions, and even recycles materials that would’ve gone to waste. This makes sugarcane the ultimate go-to for eco-friendly household products.

Sweet Cheeks sugarcane toilet paper rolls give you the best of all worlds: they’re eco-friendly, super soft and strong, come in plastic-free packaging, and won’t break the bank. So, not only will they help you be more eco-conscious at home, but they’ll also make your bathroom experience extra comfy and easy on your wallet.

If you’re thinking about switching from regular wood-pulp or bamboo toilet paper to sugarcane, why not check out what we’ve got? We’ve got tons of options to choose from, so have a browse and find the one that suits your home best!

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