recycled tp~ what’s that all about?

Did you know that most toilet paper is made from the virgin pulp of old growth trees?  Ecologically valuable forests full of old growth trees are being cut down so that we can have soft and lovely paper to wipe our tushes with.  Not only are ancient trees being destroyed, but massive amounts of chlorine are also used to achieve the pearly white color that we’ve come to expect when buying toilet tissue.

‘Ancient forests are the planet’s old-growth and original forests. The world’s ancient forests maintain environmental systems that are essential for life on Earth. They influence weather by controlling rainfall and evaporation of water from soil. They help stabilize the world’s climate by storing large amounts of carbon that would otherwise contribute to climate change. These forests also are home to around two-thirds of the world’s land-based species of plants and animals.’  This site will educate you on where these forests are and why they are essential to our planet’s health. They also offer ways to get actively involved.

I found this article that lists brands of toilet tissue that have a nice percentage of post consumer recycled content.  Recycled doesn’t mean tough and horrible. We made the switch over a year ago, after learning about this issue and we haven’t missed the bleached white stuff one bit.  The two things to look for when buying eco friendly bathroom tissue are 1) a post consumer recycled content of at least 40% and 2) chlorine free processing, labeled as (pcf or ecf).

Comments

  1. thanks for the info!

  2. You can also schedule a regular delivery to your home by companies such as gaiam.com :D

  3. Thanks so much for this article, I usually buy Seventh Generation.

  4. Interesting. I’ve wondered about recycled tp. Now that I have a target close by, I should be able to find the seventh generation brand tp. I’ve been slowly switching to several of their products and really like them.

    I’d also like for our country to consider planting quick growing forest areas for logging like New Zealand does, so we don’t have to cut our old growth. Could this be the start of a new farming venture that could help farmers, loggers and the planet?

  5. I’m so glad to see folks talking about this!