Wednesday, October 6, 2010

All tissue is NOT created equal

Okay, it's been awhile since I've harped on paper.

(photo by Blisstree)

I had a talk with my girlfriend last week about foregoing toilet paper. This was something that Mr. McBrayer and I discussed. With a wrinkled nose, Doons adamantly explained to me that he was drawing a line here with our Paperless in 2010 family campaign. I get it. It's very gross (maybe he'll be more interested when we enter a cloth diaper/baby wipe phase of our life?)

So we buy toilet paper. And if we're going to use the paper stuff, I just use my favorite roll: Charmin Ultra soft - is there any other toilet paper in the world that is so wonderful? I don't think so. It's like silk.

Today I happened upon this VERY HELPFUL recycled tissue and toilet paper guide from Greenpeace called "All Tissue is Not Created Equal" (click on the link to see the online PDF version). Greenpeace states:
Did you know? Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper - just once.

The pamphlet lets you know which paper products you should choose in four categories : Facial Tissue, Toilet Paper, Napkins, and Paper Towels.

When it comes to paper products, Hubs and I only use toilet paper, but I have discovered that my favorite brand of toilet paper uses ZERO post-consumer paper, and a chlorine bleaching process that is toxic and harmful to the environment. bummer. However, the Greenpeace pamphlet (that is small enough to fit in your wallet) recommends TEN alternatives that are greener. You will be surprised to hear that all 10 of those are 100% overall recycled papers and are Processed Chlorine -Free. Amazing.


Brooke Hereth said...

holy crap. i am gonna buy recycled toilet paper today. that # is amazing. OMG

Merritt said...

must admit that i buy the cheapest, generic TP i can find!! i'll have to check its contents...