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How much is comfort worth? Super soft toilet tissues are causing massive deforestation

Toilet paper is very important for obvious reasons, so it makes perfect sense for consumers to gravitate towards the best there is. Usually the best toilet paper is the soft stuff. But unfortunately, that comfort comes at a cost. This soft toilet paper might not be great for the environment.

Here’s the thing, most soft toilet paper requires the use of virgin timber, and this comes from wood pulp via ancient trees in Canada and other parts of the world. The constant need for virgin timber means more deforestation, and this affects animals, people, and the environment overall.

We understand that the likes of Quilted Northern, Cottonelle, and Charmin Ultra Soft, are the top three companies who are not using recycled material to create their toilet paper. All of them received a D or F rating from the Natural Resources Defense Council, and that’s not good at all.

Using recycled paper won’t give you the feeling of living the royal life, but should it matter more than the preservation of the Earth? We think not.

Over time, the right technology will eventually come along to help in creating soft toilet tissues from recycled material. However, for now, perhaps we should just try and do without having such a comfortable time while in the bathroom. Or maybe we can try writing to them to get them to change their ways?

Vamien Mckalin is a tech enthusiast with a strong love for reggae and rock music. Oh, and yes, he is your father.

Vamien Mckalin – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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