What do you wipe your A** with?
Before coming to Waiheke I used to live on another Green Island.
One of the saddest parts about the Tasmanian forest destruction was that most of it was going to low grade production. Pulp and Paper.
*** reminds me of a recent discussion on a local facebook page where someone made the case that driving to an anti oil drilling in the sea project was hypocrisy. As though use of fossil fuels meant that you approved of every means of extracting them. – but I digress.
Well, now I will answer that question for you.
For as long as I have been aware of the destructive potential of paper production I have endeavoured to use recycled paper toilet paper. Preferably post consumer waste, and preferably non-bleached. The whole paper production process is incredibly toxic and unleashes a whole bevvy of dioxins into the environment. nasty stuff.
Dioxins were featured in the “trashed’ film which motivated the beginning of this blog.
For a few reasons:
- it’s made from 100% recycled paper
- it’s not rebleached
- the lengths are twice as long as normal, meaning half as much packaging.
- the packaging itself is recyclable (4, PE-LD)
Now it’s not perfect, but it’s the best I can get from countdown, the large national supermarket chain that has a store on the island here.
I have concerns that whilst it is recycled it may not be all post consumer waste,
I’m not sure why they couldn’t have just wrapped in paper, I’ll ask them and post their response in the comments.
But on the balance of things it seems like the best option.
What habits and patterns of yours would you be willing to change to have a lower impact?
Do you know of a better option in NZ for toilet paper than this?
Please let me know below.