WHY IT’S BAD:
Was a time when people wiped their asses with the Sears Roebuck catalog. Now we use old growth forest. The paper pulp in plushy toilet paper comes from old growth forests in Northern Canada, the Southern U.S., Indonesia, and Brazil – a full five percent of the US Forest Products Industry is devoted to butt wipes, according to Treehugger.com. The site also points out that making a roll of toilet paper uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water and 1.3 KWh of of electricity. All that, just to wipe your hiney.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
Buy toilet paper with a high post-consumer recycled content – that doesn’t mean it’s made of old toilet paper (ew!) -- it’s made from recycled newspaper and printer paper. Face it, if you’re feeling virtuous because you recycle, but don’t buy recycled products, you’re not fully engaged with reality.. Or break with the TP habit altogether and install a bidet – ironically, because toilet paper takes so much water to produce, washing your hindquarters with water is still a net savings, and think how clean you’ll feel!