At first glance, toilet paper seemed like an easy topic to tackle. There are a fair number of partly or wholly recycled toilet paper rolls you can buy. I’ve just started using Andrex Eco, which I find works perfectly well for me (although some of my family members have complained that it’s a bit too rough – comes down to personal taste!) It’s made of 90% recycled fibre and 10% natural bamboo.
Velvet do a scheme where they plant 3 trees for every 1 that they use, but their toilet paper isn’t made of 100% recycled material. But it is a step in the right direction!
I’ve also rather excitingly just discovered that Nouvelle do a Nouvelle Soft roll that is made of 100% recycled material!
[Edit: Since writing this post I’ve also come across Ecoleaf Toilet Tissue, another good-sounding alternative.]
Lots of brands do similar products, so I think the best thing is to have a peer around in your supermarket and see what you can get.
But, the problem that I forgot to take into account was the plastic packaging! Every roll of toilet paper I have ever seen is encased in plastic. And, to be honest, you really do need it packaged in something, for hygiene purposes. So I’ve done some Googling. Unfortunately, unless you’re prepared to go down a different route (reusable cloths come to mind, but this really isn’t something I want to do!), it seems that buying your recycled loo roll in bulk to reduce the plastic:product ratio is probably the best you can do.
The only one I’ve come across – which I haven’t yet tried – is this Maxima Green 2-Ply Toilet Tissue from Staples, which comes in a box. Definitely something I’m going to try in the future!
Have you found any good options?