Several years ago I remember the first time I saw recycled toilet paper on the supermarket shelf, I was quite surprised and happy to see that alternative there. I thought it was a great way to reduce paper usage and I was ready to try it.
I must admit it didn’t look that soft but I took it anyway. The reality hit very quickly after trying it, it was like using a light sand paper. I don’t remember the brand and I don’t even know if they still sell it, but let’s face it, that wasn’t a good choice.
Some time ago I wrote a post about simple ways to reduce paper consumption and one of the ideas in the list was precisely: switch to recycled/tree-free toilet paper.
I don’t know what options are offered in supermarkets these days but recently I was thinking that if people just rely on those brands available there, maybe the recycled paper alternative is not that appealing and I don’t blame them!
So today I am writing about some toilet paper options available in Australia and my experience with some of them.
Once I heard this brand used to be available in the big supermarkets here in Australia, but when I started using it I only found it in an independent supermarket.
At first I liked this option because it comes wrapped in paper instead of plastic and it is Australian made. Also the softness is alright for a recycled paper and it is not expensive.
I used this brand for quite some time, until one day my husband chucked the paper wrapping in the compost bin and after some time he realised that the paper disappeared but it left a film of plastic behind. Then we learnt that this product is wrapped in paper but coated with plastic on the inside. I was shocked, I remembered so many times I had thrown the wrapping to the recycling bin thinking it was just paper!
This is still a better option than the full thick plastic wrapping that all the regular brands use, because at least the paper component will decompose, but I wasn’t happy with the plastic coating that so I decided it was time to try something else.
Who Gives a Crap
This brand offers 100% recycled paper and also 100% bamboo toilet paper which is the premium option. I first saw this brand in some health shops, but the reason why I kept using the other product was mainly because this one is made in China and I try to go with local options as much as possible.
However, when I discovered the hidden plastic in the other brand, I decided to explore this option and I learnt a couple of things I didn’t know:
- This is an Australian-owned company.
- They are trying to make a positive impact by donating 50% of the profits to help build toilets for those in need. According to their website they have donated over $1.2 million dollars to charity.
- You can buy it online and they have free-shipping to many places in Australia.
- They don’t use any inks, dyes or perfumes and the toilet paper is made from 100% post-consumer waste paper. The source of the paper they recycle is by nature BPA-free (office paper, books and notebooks)
- Even when the rolls are made in China, the product is ethically made and they have independent environmental and social accreditation. You can read more here.
So I decided to give it a go and I am happy to report I like this product, I think it is softer than the other brand I was using before. I buy the regular recycled paper, I have never tried the bamboo rolls but given the quality of the normal recycled paper I think the premium option must be pretty good.
The only thing I don’t like about this product is the fact that the rolls come individually wrapped and I think it is just wasteful but they state in their website they have to wrap the rolls to keep them moisture free and hygienic. At least the paper designs are quite nice, you can even reuse it for other purposes or at least recycle it.
In case you wonder, I am not getting any commission for this review, I genuinely think it is a good product. I am always happy to support companies which are in business not only for the money but also to tackle social or environmental issues.
Note: some people/organisations have organised WGAC co-ops so that they get wholesale prices and you can buy directly from them at a cheaper price. Here in Melbourne, I found one in West Melbourne and Lilydale. There are maybe more, so check in your area.
They offer bamboo toilet paper. Bamboo is one of the fast-growing plants in the world, according to Wikipedia:
Certain species of bamboo can grow 91 cm (36 in) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 4 cm (1.6 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or 1 inch every 40 minutes)
Other details about Pure Planet:
- They are also 100% Australian-owned Company.
- You can buy the product online. Shipping is not free but something positive is that they use a company that has carbon-neutral delivery. You can learn more here.
- Toilet Paper is made from bamboo and sugarcane waste materials. The product is made in China and the materials are sourced from Asia.
- BPA-Free and free from chlorine, scents, inks and dyes.
- Rolls come individually wrapped.
I haven’t actually tried this brand yet, but it seems like a good option too. It is maybe a bit more expensive when you include the delivery but I imagine it is softer than recycled paper, so you pay a bit more for the quality of the product.
Website: Australia Only
I know it is easy to just grab the toilet paper at the supermarket because you are already there, but the good news is: buying toilet paper online is even simpler.
The last two brands I listed above have a subscription option, so instead of buying a box every time you are running out of toilet paper, you can request a delivery every certain amount of weeks. They give you a guide about the frequency based on the number of people at home, you can try it for some time and then adjust it if necessary.
Once you are subscribed, the box is delivered to your front door. Quite simple!
“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” -Bill Clinton
These are some of the brands I have come across here in Australia, there are maybe more, but that gives you a couple of options to evaluate. I hope you have found it useful, if so please share this post with your family and friends. I’d love to reach more people. Also let me know in the comments below: What brand of toilet paper you use? Are you willing to give recycled/bamboo toilet paper a go?
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