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Panda's and Bamboo

A lot of people ask, "Did you steel the panda's dinner?" (Lol's). But, seriously, it is a worthy question, to which the answer is a loud, proud and resounding, NO!

But we really love that you care about panda's, and rightly so! Extending our collective concern to the natural world and its inhabitants is a key driver and very probably,  a motivator for people to adopt more sustainable habits.

Let's face it, being a "conscious consumer" in 2023 is a minefield. Supply chains are often murky, deliberately confusing and leave consumers trying to choose better, unsure whether a product is truly sustainable or if the company is just implementing its sneaky greenwashing tactics.

Increasingly, concern for our natural world and the ever looming threat of the climate crisis, has led many consumers to seek out more ethical purchases, and toilet roll, be it recycled or made from sustainably sourced bamboo is one such product. Shunning virgin toilet paper is just one of a number of small acts we can take on the road to a greener way of living. That's why we are truly proud to be among other small businesses with an extremely short and transparent supply chain. 

We wouldn't be able to promote Boo as a sustainable product and material if it wasn't. Being truly sustainable is an all-encompassing reality. The FSC have taken into account a myriad of factors including local eco-systems and the food chain available to the species living within it, for example. If panda's were on the brink of starvation, bamboo would not be famous, but infamous. Luckily, the reality is, the panda, endemic to China, are actually thriving and rightly so. In the main manufacturers of bamboo source the raw material from well managed forests, an initiation developed by the Chinese department for the environment. 

There are over 1000 species of bamboo and according to the World Wildlife Fund, "The variety of bamboo that pandas depend on as a food source is different from the larger, industrial, woody variety that is used for flooring and furniture and generally grows in different provinces. Purchasing bamboo products therefore should not impact the panda's food resource."  

And, furthermore, because our bamboo is sourced from FSC certified bamboo forests, you can rest assured that not only are we not stealing from the panda's, but nor are we contributing to soil erosion or the depletion of local habitats. It really is a well thought out supply chain made up of three component parts; the bamboo cooperative, the manufacturer and us. 

It's reassuring that an organisation such as the FSC decided to expand their certification process to include bamboo forests. The FSC has a wide body of research on their website and also work on the ground, taking every possible measure to ensure that the steps taken to receive certification by the respective foresters remain implemented at all times.

Being FSC certified benefits both the foresters, manufacturers and suppliers- which really speaks volumes for the age in which we are living in. 


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