Oh Crap, There's Goes The Environment

Americans love the soft life. We love ultra-soft toilet paper. We don't think about it, but according to this recent New York Times article, fluffiness comes at a high environmental price.

The price is the destruction of millions of trees in North America, including rare old-growth forests. And it's not just trees...

"Turning a tree to paper requires more water than turning paper back into fiber, and many brands that use tree pulp use polluting chlorine-based bleach for greater whiteness. In addition, tissue made from recycled paper produces less waste tonnage - almost equaling its weight - that would otherwise go to a landfill."

Yeah, but what choice do we have? We want toilet paper. Don't we need to cut down trees to get the paper? Nope. There's post-consumer recycled tissue products.

You can get guides from Greenpeace and the NRDC to the environmental soundness of tissue brands.

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