Globally, forests cover roughly 31% of our planet’s land area yet they are being wiped out at an alarming rate. We have lost 1.3 million sq km of our forests due to land use and commercial agriculture…
One of the industries that we directly impact everyday is the traditional toilet paper industry.
Manufacturers of toilet paper often use virgin wood pulp, also referred to as virgin fiber. Virgin fiber is the cheapest and the most common material used to make toilet paper but it is also the most destructive to our environment. Here are some shocking facts about traditional toilet paper:
- 27,000 trees are cut down every day just to make toilet paper
- 15% of deforestation is due to toilet paper consumption
Using less toilet paper: With a good quality 3 ply roll, you won’t need more than 2 sheets.
Buying more sustainable toilet paper alternatives: Recycled toilet paper or rolls made out of bamboo are great alternatives to tree-made toilet paper. Bambuyu toilet rolls are made out of 100% bamboo which is an incredibly renewable grass (not a tree!).
Look for options without plastic packaging: Look for plastic-free or brands that use recycled plastic for packaging.
- Buy in bulk when possible: Buying in bulk means less packaging and reduced shopping trips (or deliveries). Opt for packs of 12 or more which can last you between 2 weeks to a month.