When you walk down the toilet paper aisle at the supermarket, it is a gloomy site. Row upon row of plastic wrapped toilet paper. It is particularly disturbing now that there is currently no Australian soft plastic recycling program to responsibly dispose of the wrapping, following the collapse of Redcycle. Instead, the plastic wrapping will end up in landfill. Toilet paper manufacturers have a big opportunity to contribute to sustainability by simply switching to paper wrapping. Luckily there are some great companies out there who have done just that!
I have been on a mission to find the perfect toilet paper, that is not only soft on the toosh, but ticks the following sustainability boxes:
- Made from recycled paper
- Manufactured in Australia
- Plastic free
- Rolls not individually wrapped
There are a couple of companies who come close, but either manufacture overseas, leading to a higher embodied energy content of each roll (see my article to explain more) and/or wrap each roll individually, leading to unnecessary use of paper and the associated energy and water used to make it.
The clear winner for me is About a Dog. They offer a 3-ply double length roll (think only 1 cardboard inner tube for the equivalent of two rolls!) that is unwrapped. It simply arrives loose in a cardboard box straight to your front door. It is manufactured in Australia and 50% of profits go to RSPCA NSW. We have bought three boxes now, and they have arrived quickly and in good condition. The lack of individual wrapping has not impacted on the quality of the paper or cleanliness. And most importantly, the paper is strong and soft to look after your toosh.
So, if you are looking for an easy win in your sustainability journey, why not consider switching to a plastic free-loo paper to make your own local impact on the environment!
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Thanks for this Megan- am often at a loss at what is actually best with toilet paper, this helps 💚
Thanks Annabel. Glad it is helpful! There are so many choices out there to sift through!