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Environmental Tip: Use Recycled Toilet Paper

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2007

With a focus on creating a greener environment, toilet-paper companies are increasingly offering recycled toilet paper. If every household in the United States bought just one four-pack of 260-sheet recycled bath tissue, it would prevent 60,600 pounds of chlorine pollution, preserve 356 million gallons of fresh water, and save 988,000 trees. Using recycled paper products saves manufacturers a trip into the forest and doesn't require the energy needed to extract pulp from trees. Some brands are comparable in price to conventional toilet paper, and others cost a little more.

When you're choosing toilet paper, select brands that are unbleached or non-chlorine-bleached, which may mean choosing a product that isn't so bright. This will help keep dangerous toxins such as PCB and dioxin out of the environment.

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For more simple ways to go green, check out Body+Soul.

Comments (7)

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Green Forest 4 pack is cheapest price.

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Green Forest brand softness comparable to Whole Foods Market

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Seventh Generation also makes unbleached baby diapers

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    All also make paper towels

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Seventh Generation costs most. Can buy all brands in bulk

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Seventh Generation costs most. Can buy all brands in bulk

  • 6 Sep, 2008

    Trader Joe's is costs less than Whole Foods Market but isn't as soft. Seventh Generation is softest