Naked Sprout Toilet Paper Review: Does It Wipe Away the Competition?

Being something you likely use everyday, toilet paper is a widely used product that is a significant contributor to deforestation.

With that in mind, after moving into my first house I was pretty determined to start buying some more eco-friendly bog roll.

I came across Naked Sprout having looked through the wide variety of eco-friendly toilet paper brands and I decided to give it a try. Today I’m going to tell you how I found it wiping my butt, enjoy! 🧻

What Are Naked Sprout Toilet Rolls Made Of?

Naked Sprout’s loo roll is made from 100% FSC certified bamboo, which means that bamboo forests used are being sustainable managed by being replanted or allowed to regenerate naturally.

TLDR Review

This eco-friendly bamboo toilet paper’s price, softness, and commitment to sustainability make it a great choice!

★★★★★

Why Bamboo?

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth: it’s easy to grow even in low quality soil and it can self-regenerate from its roots after it’s harvested. It is so low-maintenance that it doesn’t require pesticides or fertilisers to help it thrive. It’s stern stuff!

A lot of major brands refuse to move away from cutting down virgin forests to make their toilet paper, which is causing widespread unnecessary deforestation. Up to 14% of global deforestation can be attributed to the wood pulp industry: the wood fibres that are turned into toilet paper, tissues and other paper products.

The way to combat this is to choose a toilet paper made from Bamboo, or from recycled sources – something that the NRDC also advises in their Issue with Tissue report.

First Impressions

I bought the 48 roll pack, the medium size you can buy, and came delivered in a big recyclable cardboard box – as you’d expect. The rolls were all neatly stacked in the box, and the box itself is tall and slim, so it takes up less floor-space when storing it which is handy!

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You might notice that the rolls are not individually packaged…

The first difference you might notice is that the rolls are not individually wrapped, unlike other eco-friendly competitors like Who Gives A Crap. I much prefer that these loo rolls aren’t wrapped up individually, it might not look quite as fancy but wrapping individual rolls is wasteful and goes against the point of trying to cut back on waste packaging!

It’s Unusual Tanned Look

You may also notice they’ve got an unusual pale brown colour too. This is because, unlike regular loo rolls, they are unbleached and are made chemical-free! Companies use harmful chemicals to manufacture toilet rolls and make them the recognisable brilliant white colour but Naked Sprout have opted to waive this practise to be more eco-friendly.

The fact that it’s unbleached and chemical-free is a huge plus in my book. However, this does mean that the color of the paper isn’t the most attractive to have in your bathroom. But hey, if it’s good for the planet, who cares about the color, right?

naked sprout toilet roll

How Does It Feel?

The brown appearance gives the rolls a rough and ready look but I was really surprised at how soft they were. I actually switched from Who Gives a Crap straight to Naked Sprout and I have to say the softness of Naked Sprout is far superior!

I found that although Naked Sprout is only 2-ply, the sheets were sturdy and the perforations were decently sized, making it easy to tear off a section. However, I did notice that the paper layers come apart a bit when torn along the perforations, which was a bit of a bummer (this is the last bottom pun I swear).

The one slight annoyance is when you start a new roll: the way paper layers come apart means that multiple layers start unravelling. If you’ve used a roll of cling film and you’re not sure where the top layer is anymore, you’ll know what I’m on about!

Naked Sprout toilet roll in a bathroom

I also appreciated that this toilet paper is safe to use in septic systems. I don’t have one, but my parents do and I wouldn’t want to cause somebody to spend thousands unblocking that if I recommended this product!

I’ve also found that this loo roll doesn’t flush so well on weaker flushing toilets, I have on occasion gone back to the toilet and noticed a square or two still floating after one flush.

Is It Value For Money?

Everybody is counting pennies at the moment, including me! When you’re comparing toilet paper you need to look at cost per 100 sheets. It’s so useful but crazy that’s a thing right?!

I’ve looked up some other toilet paper products so that you compare the pricing yourself:

ProductCost per 100 Sheet
Sainsbury’s Recycled Super Soft Toilet Tissues£ 0.18p per 100 sheets
Naked Sprout Bamboo Toilet Paper£ 0.23p per 100 sheets
Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper£ 0.23p per 100 sheets
Cushelle White XXL Toilet Rolls£ 0.28p per 100 sheets
Andrex Classic Clean Toilet Roll£ 0.34p per 100 sheets
Pricing correct as of March 2023

As you can see, at £ 0.23p per 100 sheets, Naked Sprout is really great value for money when compared to a premium brand like Andrex.

Although it’s slightly more than the supermarket own brand, considering how much nicer Bamboo toilet is to use over recycled toilet paper I would consider Naked Sprout a no-brainer in terms of it’s cost over the options I’ve considered above.

A cheaper product with a lesser environmental impact is a win-win!

Naked Sprout Bamboo Toilet Roll Review Summary

The best sustainable and eco-friendly toilet roll I’ve bought. It’s soft, thick and gives you peace of mind knowing that it’s not only good for you, but it’s also good for the planet.

🌱 100% Sustainable Bamboo
🙌 Free from plastic, bleach and chemicals
🇬🇧 Small British Business
💧 Every purchase supports charity

Overall, I highly recommend the Naked Sprout Bamboo Toilet Paper. It’s a great value for money, and having it delivered straight to your door makes life easier.

★★★★★

Pros

  • Soft and comfortable
  • Thick and absorbent
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable
  • No plastic packaging
  • Supports a good cause

Cons

  • Colour could be off-putting
  • Sometimes it does not flush as well

The 2-ply paper is strong yet gentle on the skin, and the fact that it’s made in a European factory powered entirely by biomass and solar energy and is a certified bCORP is a testament to the Naked Sprout’s commitment to sustainability.

On top of all this, every box you buy gives safe water to a child at school in Kenya for a year via a charity called “Just a Drop.” So not only are you doing something good for the planet, but you’re also supporting a good cause.

Omar Agor-Wood
Omar Agor-Wood

Omar is a digital marketer by day for one of the UK's largest environmental consultancy companies, and is writing like the world depends on it for Pick Ethical at night. He has a passion for hiking, bouldering, his and fussing his dog Pepper.

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