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Recycled Toilet Paper

Okay, let’s face it: recycled toilet paper sucks. It’s too thin, too rough, and rips too easily. That’s because each time paper is recycled, the fibers get shorter and shorter. I’ve tried different brands over the years and always gone back to Cottonelle (partially because Jason insists he has a sensitive bum).

But it seems ridiculous to cut down a tree for the express purpose of wiping your ass. So after reading this article on Grist, we decided to do our own experiments. We picked up a few different brands that were carried in our regular stores: Seventh Generation, Green Forest, and the Whole Foods brand.

Green Forest was by far the best. It even met with Jason’s approval. And, I found out after the fact, it has the most post-consumer content of any toilet paper: 90%. So says the Natural Resources Defense Council. I think that’s the best I’m going to find, at least until I get a bidet.

The winner!

The winner!

Yes, it’s thinner than Cottonelle, and the rolls don’t last as long, but you know that the paper has had some sort of life outside of your toilet. I can only find it at Harvest and some Whole Foods, so when I go I’ll stock up. The difference really is that big. So tell me: What’s the best recycled toilet paper that you’ve found?


Comment from Debbie M
Time November 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm

I also like Green Forest, but I prefer double (and triple) rolls. Now I get Natural Value (only 80% post-consumer content). CVS was the worst!! Sensitive bottoms will not like it.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time November 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen Natural Value. Where do you find it?

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