EDITOR’S NOTE: On a regular basis (not exactly daily, but pretty close), I try to be conscious about making a change, however small, to make my life greener. Most of them are incredibly simple and literally just require shifting your point of view, and sometimes your spending, to more sustainable alternatives. The “1 Simple Shift” series offer tips about changes I’ve made (or that I’m still doing my best to make).
Today’s shift: Use recycled toilet paper.
This will sound crazy, but I feel really strongly about this issue. If I told you how many times a week I have this conversation, you wouldn’t believe me. Think about this: Is it really worth it to cut down trees simply for the purpose of toilet paper? Entire forests gone so you can wipe up afterward? Seems like an incredible waste of resources that, for me, borders on the insane. Especially when you consider the fact that this paper can’t be recycled after use. If you have a composting toilet, at least there’s that benefit, but if not, we’re throwing away trees.
There are so many companies out there who are making 100% recycled toilet paper that is of high quality and, yes, even soft. Don’t get me wrong â€” I have used some brands that were thin, hard and scratchy. While I don’t mind it much, I know there are some people who will continue using virgin paper for this reason. There are other brands, however, that really do compare in quality and softness.
My personal favorites: White Cloud Green Earth and Marcal Simple Steps. Both are incredibly soft, so much so that you likely wouldn’t know they are recycled without reading the package. Both are also comparable in price to traditional toilet paper brands, and cheaper than some of the premium brands. They are also widely available. I buy White Cloud at Walmart and Marcal at Kroger.
So contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to suffer through rough, scratchy TP to help the environment. There are more comfortable options. It’s just up to you to choose one.
So make 1 Simple Shift. Switch to 100% recycled toilet paper. All it requires is a shift in your spending â€” and your perspective.