1 Simple Shift: Use 100% Recycled Toilet Paper

1simpleshift-logoEDITOR’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 — 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 — and your perspective.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. I just bought Marcal Simple Steps this morning based on your recommendation! I had never seen it at my local grocery store and voila there it was staring at me on the shelf (on sale too!) and I thought “Jennae!”. (Funny I thought of you when looking at toilet paper). Its not bad. Thanks for your “1 Simple Shift” posts….great idea 🙂
    .-= Stancie @ Fig+Sage´s last blog ..Red Carpet Recommendations :: Celebrity Organic Beauty Picks Are 15% Off At Saffron Rouge =-.

  2. I’ve been using recycled toilet paper for a looong time, but strangely I have never found a good enough recycled brand of boxed tissues. I’m tempted to just cut up rolls of toilet paper at this point. It just doesn’t seem like tissues should be that hard.
    .-= Skye´s last blog ..Two Personal Care Products I Love =-.

  3. @Stancie It is pretty hilarious that you’d think of me when shopping for toilet paper, but that was the whole point of writing this post, and the 1 Simple Shift series in general 🙂 I’m just glad you remembered, and even happier that you liked Marcal 🙂

    @Skye You know, I never thought to look for recycled tissues. We mostly just use hankerchiefs, but those aren’t always practical. It’s been a long time since we’ve used tissues, but I’ll let you know this winter if I come across a good brand.

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