Is Bamboo Toilet Paper Septic Safe? Does It Break Down?

2023-09-25 Updated by Shawn

More recently, we have been often asked if bamboo toilet paper blocks drains. Nobody wants a blocked septic system. Is bamboo toilet paper septic safe? Is bamboo toilet paper biodegradable? Here are the answers to those questions, and more.

is bamboo toilet paper septic safe

Is Bamboo Toilet Tissue Septic Safe?

Yes, it is. Regular toilet paper tends to clog pipes and septic systems because it often does not fully break down. On the other hand, the bamboo toilet paper is biodegradable. It is also free of any harsh chemicals that may interfere with the septic system's bacterial environment. So it doesn't block our drains. It's great for both your septic system and the environment.

What Is Bamboo Toilet Paper?

Bamboo toilet paper is made of bamboo as raw material. Bamboo pulp paper fiber is long and tough, suitable for manufacturing high-grade paper. At the same time, the process is relatively simple, the raw materials are widely sourced, and the cost is low.

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How Is Bamboo Toilet Paper Made?

Bamboo pulp paper refers to the paper produced by cooking, rinsing and other papermaking processes using bamboo pulp alone or in reasonable proportion with wood pulp and straw pulp.

Does Bamboo Toilet Paper Break Down?

Bamboo pulp paper uses natural natural fiber in the manufacturing process without adding, so it can not only retain the air permeability and water absorption of bamboo fiber itself, but also improve the strength of the paper, without falling powder and slag in the use process. 

Overall, bamboo toilet paper is soft and strong yet breaks down well after use.

Pros and Cons Of Bamboo Toilet Paper


Health: Bamboo fiber has natural antibacterial, bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects, because there is a unique substance in bamboo, which is called "bamboo quinone". Under the microscope, bacteria can reproduce in large numbers on wood fibers, while bacteria on bamboo fiber products can not reproduce, but will reduce. The bacterial mortality rate can reach more than 75% within 24 hours. Therefore, the tissue products produced by bamboo fiber can keep safe and healthy even if exposed to the air for a long time.

Comfort: Bamboo fiber is relatively thin and long. When observed under 2000 times of electron microscope, it can be found that the cross section of bamboo fiber is composed of multiple elliptical gaps o039p, which is hollow. Its air permeability is several times that of other fibers, and it is known as the "respirable fiber queen". Therefore, living paper made of bamboo fiber has good air permeability and comfort.


Industrialization concentration is not high; In terms of price, bamboo paper made of bamboo pulp has no great advantage over white toilet paper made of wood pulp; The production process of wood pulp has been many years, while the production of bamboo pulp has just started, and the process of bamboo pulp is not yet mature.

Why Is Bamboo Toilet Paper So Expensive?

The market obstacles faced by bamboo pulp papermaking may be more a problem of consumers' traditional cognition. Because in some underdeveloped areas, people used straw or other crop fibers to make paper. The paper made from these materials is of rough quality, and the color may also be the natural color of the fiber. When better quality wood pulp paper becomes popular, consumers may form a preconceived concept - does white paper mean higher quality paper? So consumers may subconsciously feel that the quality of this paper is inferior to that of wood pulp when they see the natural color paper made from bamboo pulp. But in fact, with the upgrading of papermaking technology, many bamboo pulp papers are non wood pulp paper in terms of skin friendliness, softness and delicacy, and can even do better, such as the mother baby series of mottled cloth. But this concept is also changing gradually. For example, many mothers will give priority to the more reassuring unbleached natural color paper.

Industrialization concentration is not high. In terms of price, bamboo paper made of bamboo pulp has no great advantage over white toilet paper made of wood pulp; The production process of wood pulp has been many years, while the production of bamboo pulp has just started, and the process of bamboo pulp is not yet mature.

Is Bamboo Toilet Paper Soft?

Some consumers say bamboo toilet paper is not as soft as traditional tissue.

Is Bamboo Toilet Paper Better Than Regular?

Compared with wood pulp papermaking, bamboo pulp papermaking will have the following advantages:

More abundant bamboo forest reserves. The growing period of bamboo is shorter than that of wood. It takes at least 3 to 5 years for hardwood trees to mature, and more than 20 years for coniferous trees to mature. Bamboo, as a herbaceous plant, has a relatively short growing cycle. It can be cut down in the shortest 12 months and will grow again after cutting.

In terms of production process, bamboo pulp paper will not produce secondary pollution in production and degradation. Wood pulp papermaking is usually accompanied by chemical bleaching agent and fluorescent agent, but natural color paper made of bamboo pulp can avoid these chemical pollution. Bamboo pulp paper has better product performance than wood pulp paper. 

Bamboo pulp paper has better air permeability and water absorption, and the bamboo Kun with bamboo pulp is a natural bacteriostatic agent, which has the functions of natural antibacterial, mite prevention and odor prevention.

Which Toilet Paper Is Not Septic Safe?

Ultra-plush toilet paper or ultra-thick toilet paper is not septic safe. Cause these tend to be less biodegradable and can clog or damage septic systems.


Bamboo toilet paper is indeed safe a the septic system. And we can offer wide range of sustainable paper products from bulk toilet paper, recycled paper tissue and more at competitive wholesale price for your business. 

Written by Shawn
Hi, this is Shawn from Softer Paper Co,. Ltd. We started this blog to record the knowledge we know along the way and help other people to get the useful information. And if you want to purchase toilet paper in bulk, feel free to contact us.
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