Kleenex®

Chad was suffering from a drippy cold, and came home with two boxes of Kleenex. I’m pretty sure I made an audible gasp when I saw those cute designer boxes, but I said nothing to Chad. He had a bad cold after all. I mean, have you ever seen his nose?

I used a few Kleenex on Graham’s little face, and it was delightful. The tissue was extremely soft and incredibly effective. By the end of the day I found little wadded balls of Kleenex in my pockets. I threw them in the trash bin.

So, at three a.m., I googled “Kimberly-Clark”. What a professional and eye-pleasing website. Disposable hygiene with an enormous profit their stockholders love. Then, I googled “Kimberly-Clark forests.”

The web site is Kleercut.net. Greenpeace, thankfully, put pressure on Kimberly-Clark after seeing the destruction from logging in the Boreal Forest. The logging company is partly owned by, you guessed it, Kimberly-Clark. So, Kimberly-Clark has just been biggering along, making more thneeds which everyone needs.

Disposable hygiene, all white and soft and clean for us to just flush away. Only 19% of the product sold to us is made from recyclable pulp. It takes 90 years to grow a box of Kleenex.

Being a ballet dancer, and now a mom, it’s never really been in my budget to buy a lot of paper products. My mom used wash cloths and towels and rags for cleaning, as do I. We don’t use paper napkins or paper plates. I try to buy recycled paper towels and t. p., though, have you noticed the Target in Mt. Pleasant? It’s been about two months since they’ve stocked their shelves with Seventh Generation’s products. Sounds like I may have a mission.

We still have one box of Kleenex in our pantry. I’ll set it out for company I suppose. They are really soft, but they should cost us a lot more, considering where they came from.

I’ve already ordered some handkerchiefs for Chad, shhh…it’s a Christmas surprise.



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