No matter how green you think you are, there’s probably one hallowed place where concern for the environment doesn’t even enter your mind: the bathroom. It’s almost certain that the roll of toilet paper you’re using is made not of recycled fiber but from felled trees. “The paper industry is the No. 1 industrial pressure on forests,” says Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Switching to such material could make a big difference: the NRDC estimates that if every household in the U.S. replaced just one 500-sheet roll of virgin-fiber TP a year with a roll made from 100% recycled paper, nearly 425,000 trees would be saved annually.
Hence Greenpeace’s four-year-long campaign to pressure paper companies like Kimberly-Clark — which makes Kleenex, Scott and Cottonelle, among other brands — to stop cutting down virgin forests.
Recycled material simply can’t match the level of comfort that virgin fiber provides — and that U.S. consumers have come to expect. “They won’t go for a green product unless you can make it equal to or better than the conventional alternative,” says Kimberly-Clark spokesman Dave Dickson.
So is there a decent hybrid? Not from an environmental perspective. Greenpeace isn’t a fan of Scott’s new Naturals line because less than half the toilet paper is recycled material — and because its manufacturer has yet to adopt a less toxic bleaching process. And the group is only lukewarm about Marcal’s Small Steps, which is 100% recycled but contains less than 50% postconsumer material, i.e., the paper you recycle at the office as opposed to scraps from manufacturing and other sources that have never been processed into consumer goods.
It’s hard to argue against Greenpeace for taking such a hard line. Yes, recycled TP is not the world’s softest, but next time you’re on the can, ask yourself whether it’s really worth tapping an ancient forest to create the ultimate disposable product.
I think Recycled Toilet Paper not available in Indonesia. If we want to use it, we must import from USA and it’s cost expensive to buy this product . Or maybe any company in Indonesia will product this recyled toilet paper? I hope so,,,
But Indonesia is not like Amerika which most of people use toilet paper in their can. In most village in Indonesia we can’t see toilet paper in villager’s bathroom. In spite off the fact that most Indonesian people not use toilet paper, we must support this action , right?