Want to Save Trees? Wipe Your Bum With Tree-Free Toilet Paper!
When you jump on the zero-waste train, you will eventually face the toilet paper conundrum. Toilet paper is about more than just wiping bums. Did you know it takes 37 gallons of water just to make one roll of toilet paper? If that isn’t enough to get you moving to more sustainable options, consider that the toilet paper industry cuts down 27,000 trees daily from virgin forests. Talk about an environmental nightmare!
In 2006 No Impact Man Colin Beaver and his family embarked on a year-long no-impact project. He stopped using toilet paper altogether. His choice resulted in lots of misunderstanding and criticism.
Since we started living more eco-friendly and zero waste, my husband and I have been frustrated over finding eco-friendly and green toilet paper. We have tried many kinds but always have been disappointed when it comes individually wrapped and packaged in plastic.
You may be wondering—does 100% recycled, plastic-free, chemical-free, eco-friendly, unbleached toilet paper exist, or do we have to pull a No Impact Man?
The good news is that we have come a long way since No Impact Man’s project. Today, you can find toilet paper made of 100% recycled paper and packaged in paper instead of plastic. All you need to do is recycle the inner tube and packaging. I love ordering sustainable toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap. Charming name, I know, but this company is great!
Who Gives A Crap tree-free toilet paper uses only 100% recycled paper fibers, bamboo, or sugarcane to lessen carbon emissions and save water and trees. I buy their toilet paper in bulk, 48 rolls per order—perfect for a family of five.
Plus, it’s delivered to my door, and the packaging is plastic-free. The toilet paper itself is robust yet soft—essential for little bums. Their paper contains no dyes, inks, or scents. It’s a winner for me. Besides toilet paper, they also sell tissues and paper towels.
Who Gives A Crap is 100% forest friendly, and 50% of their profits go to building toilets. Sadly, 2.3 billion people worldwide don’t have access to toilets, and 289,000 children under five die yearly from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.
Choosing the right toilet paper can help save trees, water, and energy, so you’d better choose wisely. Here are some great companies selling eco-friendly toilet paper. Some of the companies offer plastic-free packaging as well.
If you want to learn more ways to save trees by reducing paper use at home check our my post “save the world one piece of paper at the time”. Also read my post about how my family of five have not used paper towels in over 10 years and what we use instead in my post here.