Ever wondered what the best eco-friendly toilet paper is and how sustainable your current choice of roll is?
The life of toilet paper is usually short-lived, one use and it’s flushed down the toilet. Most of us don’t even give these little white rolls a second thought.
Unfortunately, toilet paper production is devastating the world’s forests, ultimately amplifying the climate crises. Deforestation is a threat to wildlife and indigenous communities. You’ve come to the right place so let’s take a bit of time to take a closer look at your toilet paper habits.
Eco Friendly Toilet Paper, What are the Options?
Everyday toilet paper found in most shops such as Cushelle or Andrex is generally made from virgin trees that may or may not be harvested responsibly. To create a white appearance, the tree pulp is mixed with chemicals and bleaches.
Trees are generally slower growing and we’re using them quicker than we can sustainably replace them.
Let’s look at the options:
Recycled Toilet Paper
Recycled toilet paper is made from recycled paper as the name suggests. However, it’s important to note that the paper used for recycled toilet paper can contain BPA as it’s often made from old receipts, flyers, magazines and luggage tags. BPA is a harmful chemical mostly found in plastic bottles that can be bad for your health. Even so, the percentage of BPA is relatively small so the risk is lower.
Reusable Toilet Paper
Reusable toilet paper, sometimes called “The Family Cloth” is usually made from a reusable material such as rags or purchased cloth wipes that can be washed once used. The issue with reusable toilet paper is that you will have to safely and hygienically store the used cloths until washing them. This might not be the most pleasant experience as odours can occur and bacteria including E.coli will likely flourish, so keep that in mind.
Bamboo Toilet Paper
As far as eco-friendly toilet paper goes, this option might be the best one we currently have as Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing plant and can be grown sustainably in the right environment. Bamboo re-grows so does not need re-planting and can therefore replenish itself for a long time.
Look out for unbleached, plastic-free rolls as they will contain fewer chemicals and is better for our planet.
Swap your Toilet Rolls for a Bidet
If you’d like to reduce pollution and save trees then a Bidet is always a good option. It’s kind on your skin and good for the planet.
The Lux Neo Bidet pictured comes with an 18 Month Warranty and easily attaches to your existing toilet – no need to replace your old one.
A bidet is also a handy way to avoid toilet paper shortages during periods of panic buying like we’ve seen in 2020!
Comparatively, bidets use a lot less water so here is an option if you’d like to consider them.
Here are Our Top Picks for the Best Eco Friendly Toilet Paper
If you’re not ready to take the leap and buy a Bidet you can opt for a more sustainable toilet roll. When it comes to traditional toilet rolls here are the best eco-friendly toilet roll options for an eco-friendly home.
Cheeky Panda Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toilet Paper
Cheeky Panda was started by founders Julie and Chris who noticed a surplus of Bamboo that was being wasted during a trip to Asia in 2016. They saw an opportunity to develop a more sustainable solution than chopping down trees. They started Cheeky Panda.
Cheeky Panda is made from 100% FSC Bamboo sourced from China where Bamboo occurs naturally. Bamboo grows 30 times faster than trees, producing 30% more oxygen while absorbing 35% more carbon, making it extremely renewable.
Seventh Generation is on a mission to change the world. They would like to make sure they leave a healthy, sustainable and equitable planet for the next seven generations. They have been around for 30 years, and have made a big commitment in terms of sustainability.
Made from 100% recycled paper of which a minimum of 50% is post-consumer recycled paper, Seventh Generation’s 2-ply toilet rolls are whitened without using chlorine bleach. They manufacture in the USA and Canada and all materials are sourced from North America. Their packaging is recyclable at store drop-off in many areas.
Caboo Tree-Free Bamboo Toilet Paper
Camboo uses fast-growing Bamboo from Western China and sugarcane which are grown in protected fields in Thailand. The company closely manages water use during production, making sure that at least 70% of the water used is recycled. Their production facilities are close to the port in China, cutting down journey times during transportation. Camboo has clearly thought through the sustainability of their production process!
You can safely use Camboo’s toilet paper in a septic tank. Their toilet paper is non-GMO as well as EFC (Elemental Chlorine Free), fragrance and BPA free.
Ecoleaf 100% Recycled Eco Friendly Toilet Paper
Ecoleaf is made by Suma who is known for their organic foods. The company launched the UK’s very first recycled toilet paper in the mid-1980s and also, make eco-friendly dishwasher tablets that we featured a while ago.
The Ecoleaf range is made using biodegradable and non-hazardous ingredients. The product packaging is 100% compostable.
SKINKISSED Virgin Bamboo Toilet Paper
SKINKISSED, known for their skincare products, produces a cheeky looking sustainable toilet paper made from Virgin Bamboo pulp. Established in the UK, the company donates 20% of its profits to Children in Need.
These funky little rolls are 4-ply. They don’t use chlorine bleaching and no chemicals are added, it’s all very organic. Their raw materials are Fusc forest certified, which means forests are responsibly managed.
Reusable Toilet Paper
This post will not be complete without listing reusable toilet paper.
These reusable handmade cloths are made using two layers of organic cotton flannel. It’s completed with surged edges to stop the fabric from fraying.
Wash them without fabric softeners or dryer sheets to promote absorbency. You’ll need to wash and tumble dry them a few times before first use. The plus side is that these are super versatile and you can use them for any type of reusable wipes such as face cloths and makeup removal cloths. Make sure to separate your reusable wipes by use.
Our Closing Thoughts on Eco Friendly Toilet Paper
Toilet paper is very much a personal choice so we’d recommend trying options you are comfortable with. From where we stand going for a Bidet or Bamboo toilet paper is the best toxic-free and most hygienic options on the market today.
Fell free to leave any suggestions in the comments below.