Dealbusters: Recycled-content toilet paper

Natural ValueLast week we looked at to TP or not to TP. Now, I’ll introduce my toilet paper chart, in which I compare the eco-friendly and cheapo-friendly toilet paper options here in Denver, Colo. These are sorted by cost per square foot of toilet paper. Your mileage may vary.

  Cost Quantity Cost per roll Sheets per roll Cost per sheet Square feet per roll Cost per square foot Notes
Seventh Gen
1 ply –
Amazon bulk
$43.56 48 $0.9075 1000 $0.0009 117.1 $0.0077
Seventh Gen
1 ply –
Vitamin Cottage
$0.99 1 $0.9900 1000 $0.0010 117.1 $0.0085
Kirkland $15.69 36 $0.4358 425 $0.0010 53.1 $0.0082 Bleached; individually
wrapped in
plastic
Seventh Gen
– King Soopers
w/ coupon
$1.39 4 $0.3475 260 $0.0013 32.5 $0.0107 This became a great
deal with online $1
coupon; can print 2
at a time
Natural Value
– VC
$1.59 4 $0.3975 250 $0.0016 31.3 $0.0127
Seventh Gen
12 – Vitamin
Cottage
$9.65 12 $0.8042 400 $0.0020 50.0 $0.0161
Seventh Gen 2 ply
– Vitamin
Cottage
$0.99 1 $0.9900 500 $0.0020 58.5 $0.0169
Whole Foods
365 – 24 pk
$8.00 24 $0.3333 180 $0.0019 19.7 $0.0169
Seventh Gen
– Gaiam
$96.95 96 $1.0099 500 $0.0020 58.6 $0.0172 Claims to have twice
as many sheets per
roll as regular TP
Seventh Gen
4 – Vitamin Cottage
$3.49 4 $0.8725 400 $0.0022 50.0 $0.0175
Green Forest
– VC
$1.75 4 $0.4375 198 $0.0022 24.8 $0.0177
Seventh Gen
– King Soopers
$2.39 4 $0.5975 260 $0.0023 32.5 $0.0184
Seventh Gen
2 ply – Amazon
bulk
$52.95 48 $1.1031 500 $0.0022 58.6 $0.0188
Whole Foods
365 – 4 pk
$3.00 4 $0.7500 360 $0.0021 39.3 $0.0191
Seventh Gen
– Whole Foods
$12.00 12 $1.0000 400 $0.0025 50.0 $0.0200
Cloth $1.00 1 yd $1.0000 35 $0.0286 9.0 $0.1111

Cost per roll winner: Whole Foods 365.

Cost per sheet winner: If you can handle the single-ply paper, that’s by far the cheapest option — even beating out Costco/Kirkland pricing.

Cost per square foot winner: If you’re a two-ply snob, the deal I nabbed on Seventh Generation on sale with a coupon was very good. Next best is “Natural Value” paper from Vitamin Cottage. And from there the costs keep easing upward.

I was surprised to find that ordering in bulk from Amazon – 48 rolls at a time – was no dollar-saver. Even buying 96 rolls at a time from Gaiam costs more per roll and per square foot than picking up a roll when you need one from Vitamin Cottage.

The moral of the story is that yes, it costs more to go green for your tush, but better deals can be found. Shop around and you can save almost half the cost — even on recycled-content toilet paper. (Or use cloth bought on clearance – it’s going to shake out to be the very, very cheapest.)

Photo is lovingly borrowed from the Virtual Toilet Paper Museum. They seem to be even more fascinated by toilet accoutrements than I am.

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3 thoughts on “Dealbusters: Recycled-content toilet paper

  1. Chile says:

    Oh gosh, I’ve been meaning to do a post like this for a long time. I picked up several different brands of TP and did all these calculations. Never got around to posting, though. Thanks for taking care of it for me. 😀

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