Why buy recycled toilet paper

Seventh Generation TPI have still mostly given up toilet paper, but other members of my household and guests just keep on wipin’ with paper (and full disclosure: so do I, when I won’t have a chance to get to the laundry in a timely manner).

For that purpose, I’ve fully switched to recycled TP. Or switched again, to be more precise — long ago I switched, then succumbed to the siren song of cheap Costco toilet paper in recent years.

I’ve been purchasing Seventh Generation toilet paper in single rolls because it comes in (fully recyclable) paper wrapping. In addition, the single-ply is the cheapest toilet-paper out there per sheet, according to my analysis last July.

Seventh Generation prints an impressive list of reasons to buy recycled TP on its label and its Web site:

If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 500 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100% recycled ones, we could save:

  • 448,000 trees,
  • 1.1 million cubic feet of landfill space, equal to 1,700 full garbage trucks,
  • and 161 million gallons of water, a year’s supply for 1,270 families of four!

One roll per household.

Wow, huh?

We’ve bought 18 rolls since mid-June, so I’m doing my part to cover for 17 slacker households. Are you helping?


5 thoughts on “Why buy recycled toilet paper

  1. Lissa says:

    Yes — I’ve been buying recycled since August-ish — probably a dozen rolls for my little househol-o’-one. I can’t find the single rolls here, though — they’re the packages of four wrapped in plastic, which I recycle… but I’d so love the paper, instead.

  2. Anon says:

    Um, I hope you know you are not doing any favors buying single rolls; the additional plastic packaging is just discarded by the store. You’d be better off buying it by the pack and saving money. Also some places you can recycle the LDPE plastic too.

  3. cheaplikeme says:

    Hmm, that makes me curious — I would be surprised if every single roll is wrapped in paper, then every 4 rolls is wrapped in plastic, before shipping — but I would like to find out more about it.

    In terms of saving money, I did a big comparison last July on a bunch of types of toilet paper: https://cheaplikeme.wordpress.com/2007/07/23/dealbusters-recycled-content-toilet-paper/

    If I bought multipacks at the price listed there from Amazon, I would save 8.25 cents per roll, or $2.97 per year (and have to store toilet paper for 18 months at my household’s current rate of consumption) … but then I know we’d be looking at additional packaging (to me; the case might be just the same) as well as shipping, which takes up extra fuel vs. shipping one case to my local store.

    But I just double-checked, and the point is moot, because the price at Amazon has gone up since July to $47.99, or $1 a roll — a cent more than at my local store and a 10 percent increase from July. So I can buy it locally (supporting a family-owned natural foods chain) and save money too.

    On recycling the plastic, however, it’s true — our neighborhood grocery store’s plastic-bag recycling bin accepts case wrap.

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