Not a Square to Spare

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I realized that I’ve had an unexplained absence lately, and since I don’t answer to you, I’m not going to tell you why. Well, actually, it’s because I’m lazy. In fact, so lazy that I cannot think of a better excuse. As a peace treaty, I offer a post about one of my favorite subjects, poopin’. Or at least it’s related to the act of poopin, unless you are in the woods without any non-leaf resources. You might have already guessed, the topic is toilet paper, or as I lovingly call it, Crapper Paper.

In an effort to cut down our waste, I’ve been removing excess paper products from our household. When cleaning the kitchen, I’ve been using reusable sponges. (And thanks to this tip, I know that I can do this without spreading bacteria.) Also, we use cloth towels to dry our hands, and cloth napkins at mealtime. The only exception I make to this rule is when I’m dealing with raw chicken. Do not confuse my avoidance with paper products as a hatred. I truly believe there is a time and place for them.

One such place is by the toilet. TP is a necessary evil. Did you know that toilet paper is made from virgin fiber? None of the leading manufacturers use recycled paper to make their bathroom tissue. Per the execs at Kimberly-Clark, consumers want virgin fibers because it provides ultimate softness. Seventh Generation, one of my favorite earth friendly household goods manufacturers, claims that 424,000 trees would be saved in a single year if every U.S. household would replace a 500-sheet roll of virgin fiber toilet paper with a recycled version.
Another factor to keep in mind is the amount of bleach that is used to make that virgin paper white. Trees are not colorless. Do you think your Crapper Paper should be? It’s really disturbing to think about all the bleach, ink, dyes, and fragrances that are put into a product that touches your most delicate areas.

With this all said, I know the difficult of buying eco-friendly paper products. It’s extremely difficult to find locally, and it can be rather expensive. Sure you can buy it off of, but that requires planning ahead. Let’s face it, TP is one of those things you often run out and buy when you disparately need it. No one wants to holler to their house mate for a new roll and discover that they’re logging into their Amazon account.

However, Publix, one of the greatest grocery stores of all time, has started a “GreenWise” line. Throughout their stores, they have several Publix’s branded earth friendly products. These range from meats from animals on a pure vegetarian diet to organic canned veggies to fresh fruits. Today I was very happy to discover that they had their own GreenWise Double Roll Bathroom Tissue. It’s made from 100% recycled paper with no inks, dyes, or fragrances. At $2.19 for a 4-pack, it also features a reasonable price.

I gave it a test run when I got home. It is not as soft as Charmin, but it doesn’t put off the dizzying amount of lint that Charmin provides. Overall, I’m pleased and I’ll unquestionably buy it again. Plus I really can’t feel justified in chopping down new trees just so I can wipe feces on them. That really goes against my tree hugger mentality. (Another advantage is that the green TP people don’t put out creepy commercials.)

One Comment

  1. indomitablehef

    There is another way ( . And they have a creepy commercial/website. :)

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