Breaking My Rule

Posted on March 3, 2009 by Allie

You know how I decided that I’ll only review products I like on Allie’s Answers, as per my review policy?

“I also don’t want to give eco-friendly products from eco-friendly companies bad reviews. Maybe I don’t like the way a new green cleaner smells, but you will. Maybe the stains on my couch are more stubborn, or the smell of dog feet is more potent in my house, so while I need to bring out the big guns, a mild cleaner would work just fine for you. If a company is making the effort to be eco-friendly, I don’t want to be negative about that, so my official policy is that if I don’t have anything nice to say, I won’t say anything at all. I’ll tell you about products I love, but if I don’t like it, I’ll keep it to myself.”

Well, there’s a hitch.  A product I have recommended in the past has changed and I feel like I need to say something about it.

I’ve talked about the importance of using recycled paper products.  And I’ve told you that my favorite recycled paper TP is Seventh Generation 2-ply.  I even went to great lengths to not rat out a particularly awful brand of recycled TP by recommending Seventh Generation again. Because, while Seventh Generation 2-ply has never been as luxurious as the lines of TP that are quilted for softness or have those weird looking ridges, it’s decent.  It won’t give you papercuts.  It’s not like using sandpaper.

I was all excited when I purchased a multi-roll pack of Seventh Generation 2-ply and saw “Improved Softness” written on the packet under the shape of a cloud.  I thought, “Wow.  It wasn’t bad, but it’s getting better.”

Sadly, I think it should have said, “Now, only slightly better than using pages torn from the phone book!”

I love Seventh Generation products.  I love their mission and their commitment to making environmentally friendly products, and I love that their products are widely available.  But, I really hope they’ll change back to the old TP.

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  1. Maybe I will have to try a roll or two. Seems odd for me to be saying that but my husband is a fan of 1 ply Scott toilet paper and every brand recycled tp I have tried he has complained it’s like using a pillow to wipe with. He says they are too soft and fluffy which just baffles me. He has to make everything, even buying toilet paper, difficult, hehe.

    March 2nd, 2009 at 7:16 pm
    Comment by mudnessa
  2. You ought to email them and ask what’s up. Awhile back, I emailed them to ask why their paper towels are plastic-wrapped when their TP is packaged in recycled paper. They emailed me back a very nice response, explaining that they tried wrapping the paper towels in paper but it didn’t hold up in shipping and they know plastic-wrapped is not great so they’re looking for better options. Anyway, my point is that they have good customer service, and I bet they’d love to defend themselves or at least hear your opinion.

    I haven’t tried the “improved” version yet, but I hope it’s not as bad as you say!

    March 2nd, 2009 at 8:50 pm
    Comment by Erin aka Conscious Shopper
  3. Have you ever thought about trying family cloth? I absolutely love it. The flannel feels so great!

    March 2nd, 2009 at 10:44 pm
    Comment by Mrs Money
  4. I don’t see that that’s breaking your rule. You’re updating your previous review!

    But, alas, recycled TP is my green dealbreaker, so I wasn’t using it anyway.

    March 3rd, 2009 at 2:08 am
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  5. TP is one of the easiest sacrifices for me because I just don’t care. I’ve been using Eco-Soft for three years because that’s what was free in the dorms at school, and I guess I just got used to it. Like mudnessa’s husband, anything more than one ply or softer than the recycled stuff leaves me feeling slimy and gross.

    March 3rd, 2009 at 3:24 am
    Comment by Danielle
  6. I agree with Mudnessa’s husband. I also grew up on Scott 1-ply.

    And I’m really disappointed to hear about Seventh Gen. That’s my favorite brand, no question. Right now I’m convinced we’re stuck with a six-pack of that horrible brand you refused to out, so thanks for that (I kid, sort of; I bought it the day before you wrote the post about the bad TP.)

    March 4th, 2009 at 1:11 am
    Comment by mickey

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