My Toilet Paper Dilemma

Posted on January 23, 2009 by Allie

You know how I have that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all review policy?

Well, I’ve been struggling with how to handle the topic of a certain brand of recycled toilet paper I tried recently (not Seventh Generation, we like Seventh Generation) that is so bad that if you used it you might be turned off to ever using recycled toilet paper ever again.  Seriously, I have some sheets of sandpaper in the garage that are softer.  But, I promised that if I didn’t have anything nice to say about a green product, I wouldn’t say anything at all.  So, here’s what I’m saying:

I’m saying that Seventh Generation Recycled Toilet Paper is good.  It’s not the softest brand out there.  It’s recycled toilet paper.  It’s never going to be that cushy fluffy paper kids in commercials stuff down their pants while rollerskating, or cartoon bears rave about.  No angels are quilting this stuff.  But it’s usable.  It may take some time to get used to, but it’s useable.  You won’t injure yourself using it (cough, unlike some other brands out there, cough).

Seriously.  That certain brand of TP we tried was so bad that even though I bought a 6 pack of it, after two rolls, we just couldn’t stand it anymore.  So I am now using it like paper towels until it’s all used up.  It’s great for cleaning grime off the counter, because it’s so abrasive that it scrubs really well.

Are we clear?  Seventh Generation 2 ply TP = OK.  There’s a mysterious brand of absolutely awful recycled TP out there that isn’t.  So if you try recycled TP and think, NEVER AGAIN, give Seventh Generation a try before you give up completely.  CVS’s brand of recycled TP is okay too.  I know there are some others out there that are good too, but these are the two brands that are available here.

I warned you, and I didn’t go back on my policy.

If you want to learn more about why it’s important to use recycled paper products, read about it here.

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  1. We too use 7th Generation. We buy the big boxes from and have them delivered on a schedule.

    January 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    Comment by Susy
  2. Well you are absolutely no help at all! I already use (and love, if that’s not too strong a word) Seventh Generation TP. I just bought another brand that I discovered was cheaper, and now I’m wondering if it’s your sandpaper brand. I’m just one roll away from finding out.

    January 23rd, 2009 at 6:01 pm
    Comment by mickey
  3. I love Trader Joe’s recycled TP. It is SUCH a bargain. Amazingly cheap and not like sandpaper. (At least in my opinion.) So if you’re lucky enough to live near a TJ’s, get some TP for cheap! :)

    (Although, I use cloth – cut up t-shirts – TP 90% of the time…)

    January 23rd, 2009 at 7:38 pm
    Comment by ashley.
  4. I love how you get your point across without being mean. I got it, A to B, Seventh Generation is the one.

    January 24th, 2009 at 2:16 am
    Comment by Vanessa
  5. Ditto on Trader Joe’s. I think Seventh Generation isn’t bad, but I do like Trader Joe’s better. I know it’s not available everywhere, though.
    I hope I never come across Allie’s mystery sandpaper brand. :)

    January 26th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Comment by Beth
  6. I use whatever brand we had in our office. My bathroom has 20 rolls of it that somehow mysteriously disappeared from the supply room when we found out we weren’t being paid. Now THAT’S recycling.

    January 26th, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Comment by Noelle
  7. Just out of curiosity, why the “no negative comments” policy?

    But thanks for the tips. :)

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:23 am
    Comment by Green Resolutions
  8. [...] certain brand of TP we tried was so bad that even though I bought a 6 pack of it, after two rolls, we just couldn’t stand it anymore. So I am now using it like paper towels until it’s all used up. It’s great for cleaning grime [...]

    January 30th, 2009 at 2:01 pm
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  9. We used Seventh Generation until I found a cheaper but still 100%, at least 80% post consumer found at my local grocery store.

    January 30th, 2009 at 10:15 pm
    Comment by remee @ FIMBY
  10. Maybe I’m too technical, but where do they get “recycled toilet paper”? Sorry just being too literal.

    My wife prefers whatever is the the softest. With all my green changes, there is no compromise here.


    February 5th, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    Comment by Robert
  11. Green Resolutions – I don’t say anything mean b/c 1. I don’t want to hinder a company that is trying to be green just because I personally don’t like the product and 2. sometimes companies send me products and I don’t ever want to feel obligated to say something nice if I don’t have something nice to say, so I warn anyone who sends me something to test out that I may not mention it if it doesn’t work out for me.

    Robert – It’s not recycled from used toilet paper fished out of the sewer or anything. don’t worry. And I hear you on this issue. J kicks and screams a bit about our TP. I think he’d prefer I do what your wife does.

    February 5th, 2009 at 3:23 pm
    Comment by Allie
  12. I guess that makes sense. It just seems frustrating to have to go through “poor” green products to find a good one. I feel like it hinders those of us watching our wallets b/c we stick with the same non-green brand because it is better than spending money for a product we may not like. (Especially if the green product is a little more expensive.) But thanks for telling us about the good products!

    February 5th, 2009 at 3:53 pm
    Comment by Green Resolutions
  13. [...] 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 [...]

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