Our Love For Soft Toilet Paper is Wiping Out Old Growth Forests

March 5, 2019

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We love toilet paper!  Our love is so strong that Americans use around three rolls of toilet paper each week, accounting for one-fifth of the world's tissue consumption and making us the world leader in toilet paper consumption.  And it isn't just any TP.  It has to be strong and it has to be soft and that's become a problem says Stand.Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Single-use tissue products such as toilet paper used in the United States are made from wood pulp, mostly derived from logging in the old-growth northern forest in Canada, where logging companies clear cut more than a million acres every year, which as reduced Canada's forest area by more than nine percent since 2000.  But it is hardly known to most Americans where our toilet paper originates, which is the purpose of this report.  The NRDC singled out giant US tissue manufacturers Procter & Gamble Co. (Charmin), Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Georgia-Pacific (Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, Kirkland Signature) for using largely virgin fiber wood pulp in their products rather than recycled content or alternative fibers. Fortunately the report included a buyer's guide to the sustainability of at-home tissue products which lists paper towels, tissue and toilet paper that evaluates each brand’s recycled content, bleaching process, and whether it is made from fiber sourced from certified responsibly managed forests. Those include Green Forest, 365 Everyday Value (100% recycled), Earth First, Natural value, Seventh Generation and Trader Joe's Bath Tissue which each receive an "A" rating. Receiving a "B" rating are Marcal 1000 and Marcal Small Steps.  Receiving a "D" rating are 365 Everyday Value (sustainably Soft), Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care, Scott Comfort Plus and Trader Joe's Super Soft.  So yes, the softer the paper,t he worst it is for our environment.  Something to think about when making your TP purchases.  You may give up softness but you'll be doing your part to help save the planet. 

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SOURCE: Daily Mail

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