Recycled Tip of the Day – Change Your TP

Posted on August 21, 2008 by Allie


Recycled content toilet paper is often about as soft as the stuff you’ll find in a rest stop bathroom on the interstate. But according to Seventh Generation, making the switch even every once in awhile can make a big difference.

Even if you can’t commit to making the switch permanently, reach for a recycled roll every once in awhile. On the Seventh Generation wrapper, it says:

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 1,000 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save:

  • 469,000 trees
  • 1.2 million cubic feet of landfill space equal to 1,700 full garbage trucks
  • 169 million gallons of water, a years supply for 1,300 families of four

So, switch things up once a month and go for a roll of toilet paper that is made from 100% recycled content. Of the brands I’ve tried, Seventh Generation is the best.  But it’s important to go for 2 ply.

UPDATE: Yesterday, I discovered that CVS has store brand recycled paper products.  They’re really cheap and made from 100% recycled content.  I picked up some paper towels (for something like $1.29) and a roll of TP.  Sadly, they only seem to have 1ply TP, but it’s nice to not have to run all the way out to the natural foods store for recycled paper products.

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  1. I’ve been using 100% recycled toilet paper for well over a year now, and I don’t think it’s any harsher than what we used before. It’s not even that much more expensive, especially since the rolls are larger and last longer.

    August 21st, 2008 at 3:10 pm
    Comment by Ana
  2. We do just that! I wouldn’t mind using it all the time, but can’t convince Erik to, so we switch it up :) Your readers might also be interested in the fact that you can order SG TP thru Amazon and it’s not wrapped in plastic. I found this thru fake plastic fish’s site a while back (I think)…for people who don’t drive so it’s hard to lug home large items like tp etc. might be worth it

    August 21st, 2008 at 3:38 pm
    Comment by Jill
  3. Seventh Generations TP is not that bad. It’s actually soft. We’ve been using it for a few years now.

    August 21st, 2008 at 4:14 pm
    Comment by Dianne
  4. I use a great brand called bio*life which is available at Shoppers Drug Mart. Now I’m not sure if it is available in the U.S. but at least my Canadian friends can definitely use it here. This one even passed the kleenex test. As a frequent allergy sufferer, this stuff is gentle enough to use on my nose too! I’ve also used Seventh Generation products and think they are fantastic.

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    August 23rd, 2008 at 7:42 pm
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If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


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