Healthhealth

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 12:53 AM

Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/05/toilet-paper-less-sustainable-researchers-warn

Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn
Major brands are using less recycled paper, meaning more trees cut down unnecessarily

Toilet paper – the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away – is becoming less sustainable, according to research. Analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found that major brands were using less recycled paper than in 2011, while only five of the nine major supermarkets (the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) offered an own-brand recycled toilet paper. The large-scale use of virgin paper contributes to unnecessary deforestation.

The UK uses 1.3m tonnes of tissue a year, according to the Confederation of Paper Industries, with the average British consumer reportedly getting through 127 rolls every year. But the growing trend for “luxury” four-ply and quilted toilet roll is fuelling the use of virgin pulp in an effort to create the softest product, the study claims.

“There is no need to cut down forests to make toilet roll, yet this is precisely what is happening,” said Alex Crumbie, a researcher for Ethical Consumer. “With consumer attention focused on plastic, some of the big brands have slowed and even reversed their use of recycled paper in the toilet rolls they make.”.....

…..“Only around 30% of the world’s population uses toilet roll,” Crumbie added, “so we know that there are lots of perfectly hygienic alternatives to using paper-based products. It’s important we consider what we’re using to wipe our behinds with, because at the moment our precious planet is getting a bum deal.”

- - - - - - - - - -

No need to panic; elect Bernie Sanders, and he'll take care of the problem.

By the way, I'd like to know what these "perfectly hygienic alternatives" are; I sort of suspect they're not great.

3 replies, 242 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 3 replies Author Time Post
Reply Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn (Original post)
imwithfred Jul 2019 OP
Muddling Through Jul 2019 #1
docgeezer Jul 2019 #2
Squeek Jul 2019 #3

Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 07:57 AM

1. Thousands of acres of sub-prime land are used to raise trees for pulp wood

that goes into making, among other things, toilet paper.

Planting those trees brings jobs and income to rural areas and helps sustain the environment.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Sun Jul 7, 2019, 12:11 PM

2. Yeah, what do you do if you're left-hand?*

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Tue Jul 9, 2019, 05:11 PM

3. One

alternative is bamboo. It's a member of the grass family and grows at amazing rates. I've used yarn made from bamboo (for needlework projects) and it's soft enough to wipe your ass with.

Another alternative....bidets. You'd still have to use a bit of paper to pat dry, but it wouldn't have to be soft as a cloud.

Corncobs. Ha ha. Maybe or maybe not. I've never tried it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Healthhealth