Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Over the years, when I first started my zero waste journey, I purchased toilet paper that was made from 100% recycled trees, but came wrapped in plastic. Although I was making a more sustainable choice compared to conventional toilet paper, I was upset about the plastic packaging and knew I could do more.
I then discovered toilet paper subscriptions where I could order dozens of rolls of toilet paper that come wrapped in tissue paper instead of plastic. In addition, it gets mailed in a cardboard box made from recycled content and is 100% recyclable, although I try to reuse the box before it hits the recycling bin.
Now, I am trying reusable toilet paper! Something I never thought I would do. But, I felt the same way when I switched over to reusable menstrual products, so I know I can do it. However, I am going to be taking it slow and incorporating it on my outdoor adventures and camping trips. While at home, I am sticking with pee until I get myself a bidet. I will be doing a full review of reusable TP in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
So why care about toilet paper?
Toilet paper is something that we don't often think about the environmental footprint of, but did you know that globally, 27,000 trees get cut down every day to make conventional toilet paper? ⠀
On top of that, conventional toilet paper typically comes wrapped in plastic that is non-recyclable and contaminates our ecosystems. The hardest part of it all is that local stores often don't carry sustainable toilet paper options that aren't wrapped in plastic. So what is a person to do?
Zero Waste Toilet Paper Options
The good news? More companies are offering online ordering services to meet your TP needs like Package Fre Shop.
They provide both reusable TP for those wanting to take the next step on their zero waste journey. PLUS, they have sustainably harvested bamboo toilet paper that doesn't come wrapped in plastic. This is an excellent option for those who want to be extra sustainable but may need a little more time before switching to reusable.
Don't need a refill on TP yet? Buy some for your friends or family if you have the ability to do so. By gifting sustainable TP, you empower them to make more earth-friendly choices without inconveniencing their everyday lives. A double win.
Cheers to sustainable bathroom time!!!
I want to hear about your toilet paper habits!
Do you buy conventional, recycled paper, bamboo, or dare I say reusable?