7 - 2008

Why buy recycled toilet paper

I have still mostly given up toilet paper, but other members of my household and guests just keep on wipin’ with paper (and full disclosure: so do I, when I won’t have a chance to get to the laundry in a timely manner).

For that purpose, I’ve fully switched to recycled TP. Or switched again, to be more precise — long ago I switched, then succumbed to the siren song of cheap Costco toilet paper in recent years.

I’ve been purchasing Seventh Generation toilet paper in single rolls because it comes in (fully recyclable) paper wrapping. In addition, the single-ply is the cheapest toilet-paper out there per sheet, according to my analysis last July.

Seventh Generation prints an impressive list of reasons to buy recycled TP on its label and its Web site:

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 500 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save:

  • 448,000 trees,
  • 1.1 million cubic feet of landfill space, equal to 1,700 full garbage trucks,
  • and 161 million gallons of water, a year’s supply for 1,270 families of four!

One roll per household.

Wow, huh?

We’ve bought 18 rolls since mid-June, so I’m doing my part to cover for 17 slacker households. Are you helping?

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