I recently came across a company called Van Houtum.
They have created Satino Black which claims to be the most Eco-friendly hygienic tissue paper in the world!
Satino black is supposed to be the only really sustainable and 100% Cradle to Cradle toilet paper available on the market. According to the site it is produced without any any net CO2 emissions and displays the following environmental labels: FSC recycled, European Ecolabel and Cradle to Cradle.
Of course, me being me, I’m not so interested about what’s in the packet as to what the packaging is! So I asked what material they were using to pack the toilet rolls and how we should responsibility dispose of it. Here is what I was told:
Dear Mrs. Green,
with regards to your email from underneath we herewith want to inform you that we pack some of our products in cartons made partially from our waste during our production process (so very environmental) and we also pack some of our products in plastic wrapping made from LDPT. This is less environmental and we are still in the process to improve in this.
Hope to have informed you sufficiently,
So, methinks the claims of zero net carbon emissions might refer to the product and not the packaging. I asked for clarification because there is obviously a slight language barrier. I stressed that I was asking specifically about toilet rolls and here is the response (received in less than 24 hours I have to add):
Dear Mrs Green,
All of our toilet rolls are packed in plastic wrap from LDPT except our compact toiletrolls and our system rolls, these are packed in cartons.
Well, this type of plastic polythene packaging can be recycled in some large supermarkets with the carrier bags, but when we have options like Naturelle, Co-Op and Asda in the UK coming out well in the GreenPeace guide to forest-friendly toilet paper and a couple of zero waste solutions of our own, I don’t think I’m tempted to switch brands. In the US, there is Ever Green plastic free toilet paper and over here we can buy a 2 pack of Andrex in paper packaging.
What do you think?
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