2.4 billion – or 1 in 3 people in the world – do not have access to a safe toilet.
This means that these 2.4 billion people are not able to go to the bathroom indoors and nearly 40% of the world’s population does not have access to sanitation facilities.
These people are exposed to dangerous bacteria and pathogens that can be life-threatening. On top of this, the local water supply gets contaminated, perpetuating an unhealthy environment for so many individuals.
According to Dr. Maria Neira, the public health director of WHO (World Health Organization), high death tolls from waterborne diseases will continue until everyone can gain access to adequate sanitation facilities.
This Is Where Reel Comes In
Reel is a bamboo toilet paper brand with a big mission. For every roll you buy, Reel delivers a single-use, self-sanitizing and biodegradable toilet to someone in Africa that comes in the shape of a bag that’s then able to be turned into valuable fertilizer.
So far, Reel has donated nearly 22,000 toilets to people in Africa (starting in Kenya). That’s a commendable mission!
So – Why Bamboo for Toilet Paper?
27,000 trees are cut down . . . per day to make toilet paper. Meanwhile, bamboo can grow up to three feet in just 24 hours, making it the fastest growing plant on the planet!
Bamboo grows so fast, it’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records! It can be harvested once a year and does not need to be replanted – an incredibly sustainable alternative to trees and traditional toilet paper.
Bamboo uses 30% less water than hardwood trees and produces 35% more oxygen than trees. To put it into perspective, one acre of bamboo can filter 25 metric tons of CO2 per year. That is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 4,600 passenger vehicles.
Anyone who has slept on bamboo sheets knows how incredibly soft bamboo is. Bamboo fibers create a much softer product than a paper alternative, making it an ideal material for toilet paper.
Details about Reel’s bamboo toilet paper: Each roll is 300 sheets of 3-ply for softness and strength and individually wrapped with recycled paper (great for AirBnBs, guest bathrooms, vanlife and camping, etc).
Reel’s bamboo toilet paper is tree-free, and earth friendly (biodegradable and sustainable), with zero plastic. It is BPA-free, fragrance-free and chlorine-free with no inks or dyes.
Here’s How Reel Works
Reel is not only helping us feel good about buying toilet paper, but they are making it easy too. Reel gives you the option to purchase 24 rolls at once, or you can sign up for their subscription and your TP will land on your doorstep every 4, 8, or 12 weeks. Never run out of toilet paper again.
Bamboo . . . Sounds expensive. Think again. Subscribers get 24 rolls for just $19.99 and shipping is free.
We respect Reel for their double-edged mission to bring sanitary toilets to people in need, while also creating a quality, eco-friendly alternative to traditional toilet paper. When you purchase Reel’s bamboo toilet paper for yourself, you automatically give a toilet to someone in Africa. That is a very big deal!
You can check out Reel’s reviews for yourself and make your first order here.
We plant a food-producing tree in Africa for every online yoga class our YA Classes members complete, and we are all about supporting other brands dedicated to making a difference and doing good.
Ready to try Reel for yourself? Get $10 off your first box using the code: YA10.
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