According to a recent New York Times article: Turning a tree to paper requires more water than turning paper back into fiber, and many brands that use tree pulp use polluting chlorine-based bleach for greater whiteness. In addition, tissue made from recycled paper produces less waste tonnage — almost equaling its weight — that would otherwise go to a landfill.
It turns out that American's love for toilet tissue fluffiness comes at a steep price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. (Read more about the Charmin Effect)
My husband has been very accepting of the “green” lifestyle changes that we have been making and has really embraced them but when it came to giving up his Charmin he just couldn’t do it.
I understood where he was coming from. I had not heard very good things about recycled toilet tissue (or should I say, toilet tissue made from recycled paper. We don’t want to give people the wrong idea) and I am not sure exactly where I stand on the whole using washable cloths (aside from the sanitary perspective I am not sure about the water usage issue, obviously I need to educate myself more)
I decided to try recycled toilet tissue (just in one bathroom) to determine for myself if I liked it or not.
I will be honest, I was a bit shell shocked when I saw the prices so I went with the less expensive brand.
Natural Value Toilet Tissue
I was actually pleasantly surprised. It was not as rough or has thin as I had thought it was going to be. I also have not heard one complaint from either my children or from visitors who have used it. All good signs.
"We think that a healthy lifestyle should be affordable for everyone."
Let’s hope they work on this aspect a bit quicker (maybe someone at Costco and/or Target will read this and put this brand of recycled toilet tissue on their shelf. For Cheap) because as it stands right now, no matter how much I want to, I just can’t afford to fully replace my family’s Charmin supply with Natural Value.