What Are You Flushing?

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The history of toilet paper is long. From leaves to rolls, our fannies have never been more pampered. Flush, flush , flush, down goes that pristine paper. Pristine, you say? I say considering its origins, that Kimberly -Clark t.p. belongs in our jewelry boxes. The only way to stop flushing it is to stop buying it.

But Jen you say, post-consumer recycled toilet paper is hard to find, expensive and just not as effective and soft. To the latter, I say, boo-hoo: humans have wiped with discarded sheep wool – recycled toilet paper is plenty soft.

I don’t want to spend much time shopping, and would like to purchase t.p. with weekly grocery store raid. Here are the stores I’ve visited, and their green options for toilet paper.

None offered as of yet. I was told they are currently looking into green alternatives.

Earth Fare
Sunrise 131 sq. ft. at $3.19, or 2¢ per sq. ft.; Seventh Generation 200 sq ft. at $3.99, or 2¢ per sq ft.;

Food Lion*
Scott Brand was all they had.

Harris Teeter
Seventh Generation, 200 sq. ft. at $3.79, or 2¢ per sq. ft.; Green Forest 99 sq. ft. at $1.79, or 2¢ per sq. ft.;

Piggly Wiggly
Seventh Generation 200 sq. ft. at $4.74, or 2¢ per sq. ft.;

GreenWise Publix green alternative 176 sq. ft. at $2.39, or 1¢ per sq. ft.;

Whole Foods Market
Seventh Generation 130 sq.ft. at $2.99, or 1¢ per sq | 200 sq. ft. at $4.49, or 2¢ per sq. ft.; | 365 Brand 200 sq. ft. at $2.99, or 1¢ per sq. ft.; Wild Oats 176 sq. ft. at $3. 49, or 1¢ per sq. ft.;

According to the cost per square foot, Greenwise from Publix and 365 from Whole Foods give you the most wipes for your buck.

I’ll admit, it looks so much cheaper and more convenient to buy from Kimberly-Clark. I’m sure it looked a lot easier to their stockholders to just cut down the Boreal Forest as well. I say stop. Don’t buy their products. I do not want to flush virgin trees treated with chlorine down the pipes, ten times a day.

*Interesting, first I telephoned, and was told, yes, they have recycled toilet paper. I had to verify. Upon visiting, their MVP toilet paper is 100% recycled paper, it is safe for septic tanks. This paper is not made from post-consumer paper. Upon further shelf inspection, I noticed a new Scott Brand offering. This new paper, from Kimberly-Clark, is made from 40% post-consumer recycled paper is a new beginning, and I was happy to note this. I did not include it’s price because the paper was as white as white can be. It can be blinding on this paper product aisle you know.

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