Plastic free toilet paper

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Ever-Green plastic free recycled toilet paper

Ever-Green plastic free recycled toilet paper

It’s here at last.

Our bottoms can be as green as our erm, faces!

We can revel in plastic free toileting for ever

Oh, but there’s a catch….

Only if you live in the US.

Sorry fellow Europeans and everyone else in the world.

One of the things we’ve not yet found a plastic free alternative to, except for little washable wee cloths, which, let’s face it, are only for your hardened zero wasters; is toilet paper.

You might remember we debated the issue very early on in our zero waste challenge.

Yes Mr Green and I learned a lot about one another on the fateful evening we discussed our toilet paper usage.

Anyway, without taking too much of a trip down memory lane, Green Bay Converting, Inc  have come up trumps with their ‘Ever green’ plastic free toilet paper.

The rolls are sold in packs of 12 in 100% recycled fibre cardboard. The inner tubes are made from recycled cardboard too. The idea is that you post the inner tubes back into the box once you’ve finished with them and the whole lot can be recycled again.

Not only that, but the toilet paper itself is also made from recycled fibre, there are no added dyes or fragrances and they do not use chlorine to bleach their product.

It almost makes me consider emigrating…

But for now I shall continue to recycle my polythene and make seedling pots from my toilet roll inners for a bit longer and see if anyone in the UK (apart from Andrew who sell TWO rolls in paper) jumps on the plastic free toilet paper bandwagon.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Another thing to use the inners for is to make mini logs stuffed with damp newspaper or any “normal” not glossy paper, (you have to compact it and stuff into the tube), these can once dry be used to help ekke out you coal or wood supply.

  2. Di says:

    Oooh I’ll have to look out for these! Wonder where I can get them from?

  3. Di says:

    ok just checked the website, they are only available online? and with shipping will cost more than twice as much as the other recycled TP I get (but in a plastic wrapper). Decisions, decisions…

  4. Deb from Boston says:

    Thanks for the tip – I will have to contact them to see if they will be distributing in the Boston area, or just online – don’t think I can convince the dear spouse to pay for shipping for TP that we can get at a local store.
    HAVE recently convinced the family that using virgin paper for TP is a waste in resources – but our made from recycled paper options come in platic (which I then mail off to an artist to make bags and wallets).

  5. carole says:

    I think it’s a scandal that you can’t seem to buy toilet rolls in paper packaging. I guess they think it’s all about hygiene and who might have handled it before it ends up on your ..er… rear. So, bidet and a hairdryer anyone?

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @maisie dalziel: Hi Maisie; excellent idea; we do this too!

    @Di: Hi Di; I know it must be very difficult. As far as I can make out they are only available through mail order. I wonder if bulk buying with a few families could provide an answer…

    @Deb from Boston: I know what you mean Deb. Maybe if lots of people show interest and demand grows they will be more readily available., It does seem the least likely thing to spend lots of money on!
    LMG went to a Victorian exhibition this weekend and learned all about the delights of newspaper squares threaded onto string 😀

    @carole: I’ve seen Andrex in paper, Carole; but that is only 2 rolls. For a, wem, ‘busy’ family that’s no good for us! I guess wastage is their biggest issue; if toilet rolls get wet and they are wrapped in paper they will be ruined, at least the plastic is waterproof (sigh)

  7. Have just been looking at
    http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/961356_Suma_EnviroSoft_Toilet_Tissue_4_Rolls_.html

    apprently the outer wrapping is

    No polythene. Packed in a revolutionary new eco-friendly compostable wrapper

    There is also a kitchen roll with a similar type wrapper.

    HTH

  8. Mrs Green says:

    Thank you Maisie! I’ve just done my Suma order, but I’m going to give them a ring and find out all about their packaging. I just hope it isn’t another of these products that don’t actually compost at home and need special conditions…
    Will let you know what I find out!

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