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Toilet Paper in Re(ar)view - Who Gives a Crap?

Write By: ella Published In: Some Favourite Things Created Date: 2015-05-28

Toilet paper is a product to which many of us have no doubt become happily accustomed. Now we use it daily and it’s easy to give it little thought once you’re in a rhythm of a particular brand and type. But truth be told, I have spent much time pondering my toilet paper options - I guess I never really found that rhythm, and for a long time was not particularly content with eco-consciousness of even the best choices out there (or the wipe-quality of the best eco-conscious choices).

But last year I heard about “Who Gives A Crap” and have found it to be a good wipe above the rest. ;)

What do you look for in Toilet Paper?

Toilet paper shopping for me used to be a bit of bore. It was one of the few products where I couldn’t what I wanted from my local shops. In order to get a recycled toilet paper roll in a plastic-less wrapping, I would have to shop at a major supermarket, from which I didn’t want to buy, for that one product. And even then, it wouldn’t meet all the hopeful criteria. (Talk about “first-world problems”!)

Here’s what I was looking for in a toilet paper:

  • 100% Recycled (preferably post-consumer waste)
  • Non-plastic, recyclable packaging only
  • Available to buy at a local, independent shop or from an online brand
  • Ink, dye, bleach & perfume free
  • Good quality!

Last year I learned about Who Gives A Crap and thought, “Hey, why not try this out?”

Recycled toilet paper rolls - Who Gives a Crap

So now, I’m on to my second instalment and feel it’s high time I shared how it’s going…obviously well enough to make it a second round!

After all, it’s

  • made from 100% recycled post-consumer waste (tick!),
  • the roll’s paper packaging can be recycled (tick!),
  • I can buy it online with no trip to a major supermarket chain necessary (tick!),
  • it’s made without chlorine, inks, dyes or perfumes (tick!), and not least of all,
  • it has a good balance of being both soft and heavy duty (tick!) – unlike some other flaky ply options (you know what I’m talking about!).

I also like how the start of the roll is just stuck down with some kind of pressing technique, so you don’t have to waste a bunch of the toilet paper unrolling the glued-up ends. And if you’re wondering, it’s biodegradable and safe in septic tanks. (Not that I have the facilities to test this myself, but this is apparently due to the high temperatures at which the pulp for the paper is cleaned.)

As an added bonus, 50% of the profits at WGAC go to WaterAid to fund sanitation projects in developing countries – very fitting, I’ll say…not to mention making me feel less stupid worrying about this little luxury I’ve come to rely on!

I’d like to think that this doesn’t matter, but who am I kidding? It’s also really easy to order on the website! Plus the website is pretty with fairly useful and comprehensive information about the toilet paper and about Who Gives A Crap as a company.

reusing toilet paper wrapping

Now here’s where I need your help.

Each roll comes individually wrapped in its pretty, reusable and recyclable paper wrapping…This is for hygiene compliance reasons. However, for a home office, I'm stockpiling wrappers faster than I can reuse them. I like how the roll wrapping comes with varying suggestions of how to reuse the paper before composting or recycling.  If I’m honest though, many of these suggestions are just not going to work for me. So I pose the question for clever thinkers and fellow lovers of reusing out there:
Can you think of more ways to reuse the paper?
If you have any bright sparks of inspiration, please share!



Created By 2016-05-25 11:25:52 Posted By Ella Comment Link
Love it, Marilyn! And I'm going to have to remember that idea for Christmas. :)
Created By 2016-05-18 03:02:15 Posted By That's a wise answer to a tricky quiosetn Comment Link
That's a wise answer to a tricky question
Created By 2016-05-13 14:28:24 Posted By Marilyn Wickee Comment Link
Use it to wrap presents, could create some humor for the giver and receiver? OR make Christmas decorations with them - home made Christmas crackers??
Created By 2015-06-24 13:16:14 Posted By Ella Comment Link
Good idea Karen! On that note, adding it to the compost could work too.
Created By 2015-06-05 23:23:27 Posted By Karen Haynes Comment Link
How about cutting it up a bit, and feeding it to a home worm farm?

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