FAQs


 

WHAT IS GREENCANE PAPER?

 

Up to 70% of our paper is made from a mix of recycled sugarcane and bamboo fibre (bagasse), a byproduct of the sugar refining process. (Bagasse supplies are virtually unlimited worldwide). To obtain both strength and softness we need to then add 30% certified wood pulp = Sustainable.

 



HOW SAFE IS GREENCANE TOILET PAPER FOR OLDER PLUMBING OR SEPTIC TANKS?

 

It is fantastic! because of its 100% biodegradability. This is a result of the quick breakdown achieved with sugarcane & bamboo short fibres as compared to timber long fibres.

 

 

 

HOW SUSTAINABLE IS GREENCANE RAW MATERIAL?

 

Both sugarcane and bamboo are a type of grass, they are fast growing in tropical regions and are farm harvested usually on an annual basis. During the harvesting only the growth part of the plant is removed by harvesting machines.

 

 

 

HOW DOES THIS HARVESTING METHOD COMPARE TO FORESTRY LOGGING?

 

We are very passionate about this as the farming of sugarcane and bamboo has an extremely low environmental impact compared with the harvesting destruction of soft wood forests, resulting in the high impact to bird, animal and insect life plus the extensive land scaring and erosion as well as the traffic road wear with heavy logging trucks.

 

 

 

HOW SUSTAINABLE IS GREENCANE PACKAGING?

 

We are strongly committed to the removal of all plastic from our packaging. So all our products have been developed without plastic and are 100% biodegradable. The question we get most often asked is what is the clear material you use? This is plant based cellophane, it is a bit “old school” and has been around since before plastic, It is both food handling safe and 100% biodegradable and can also be composted but will require good composting heat to achieve a faster break down.

 

 

 

HOW ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND IS GREENCANE MANUFACTURING?

 

We think it is pretty good and hope we have covered all the bases. For commercial reason we cannot give the exact manufacturing location of our factory but because our product is tropically grown and extremely biodegradable it needs to be made close to where it is grown. So Southern Asia which is a big growing region is where we base our manufacturing. Our factory is quality accredited with the environmental international standard ISO14001 which requires it to be subject to annual external audits. We have visited the factory many times now and our personal impression is that it is well and fairly managed, modern and a staff friendly employer.

 

 

 

WHAT TYPE OF BLEACHING IS USED WITH GREENCANE PAPER?

 

First, because of plant based composition of sugarcane and bamboo these fibres require less bleaching than 100% timber based paper. Second, all white paper is bleached at some stage in its production process. The key issue with the beaching method is that it does not use chlorine based bleaching which has been linked with dioxins and furan in waterways. We believe that the assurance of having ISO14001 Environmental Certification ensure correct and safe bleaching & environmental manufacturing.

 

Sugarcane

 

THE FACTS:

  • Sugarcane is a tropical grass which takes one year to grow to harvesting.
  • In the Middle Ages the “Indian Honey Bearing Reed” (Sugarcane) was introduced from Asia to Africa, Europe, then South America.
  • In Japan a well known Denim Jean brand is called “Sugarcane”
  • It can be grown year on year with little wear & tear on soil quality, just rainwater and lots of sun.
  • Brazil is the largest grower with 33% of the worlds crop, India is next with 17%.
  • Closer to home Australia is 8th with 4% of the worlds sugar.
  • In total 200 countries commercially grow sugarcane.
  • One tonne of recycled pulp saves 17 trees.

 

Forests

 

THE FACTS:

  • Around ¼ of all the trees cut down go into producing paper.
  • With 95% of all paper solely made from wood.
  • 30% of the globe is covered with forest. This corresponds to around a football field for every person on the planet.
  • Currently with world deforestation an area of forest equivalent to the size of New Zealand is lost every 4 years.