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Save a Tree, or Two or Three

roll-o-toilet paperIf a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one chained to it, should you still use it to blow your nose? The average American uses 50 pounds of tissue paper per year, and that equals a lot of felled trees if every pound comes from virgin pulp. 

We should all be paying a little more attention to what’s flushing through our pipes. While paper recycling facilities really don’t want your used tissues or toilet paper, you can still seek out recycled-content paper products. Look for the highest content of “post-consumer waste,” or PCW, since “pre-consumer waste” doesn’t do much to stem the flow of paper entering landfills.

Marcal products are entirely recycled, and although they have a relatively low PCW content, that brand is the one most commonly found in conventional grocery and drug stores. Natural food stores will provide you with a greater selection of products with a higher PCW content, offering brands like Seventh Generation, EarthFirst, and–at Whole Foods only–365. If you’re really dedicated to the cause, online retailer Green Earth Office Supply (www.greenearthofficesupply.com) sells a Finnish brand of toilet paper called Heron’s, which is 100 percent PCW and even comes without the pesky, albeit recyclable, cardboard roll.

from The Green Guide, November 2006The ThinkerTHE THINKER of TP –If every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 423,900 trees!

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