ZERO PLASTIC TOILET PAPER & KITCHEN TOWEL

The bog blog! If you already buy recycled toilet paper and simply want to avoid plastic packaging, there are easy alternatives. If you also want to avoid the plastic contained in recycled paper, it becomes a little more difficult. It all depends on your level of commitment to the cause and on weighing up the pros and cons:

1) Recycled paper with compostable packaging

Pros: Suma’s Ecoleaf toilet paper & kitchen towel products are made in the UK with 100% recycled paper from a blend of consumer waste and offcuts from manufacturers’ waste. The100% compostable wrap is sustainable, renewable, non-polluting, non-toxic and unbleached. So far so good.

Cons: Paper collected for recycling includes many items such as thermal receipts and magazines that contain a nasty type of plastic called BPA. There is much written about this on US websites. If you want to avoid contact with BPA and are worried about flushing plastic chemicals down the loo and ultimately into the oceans, don’t buy recycled paper products.

2) Plant- based paper in compostable packaging

Pros: Greencane paper products are made from 70% recycled sugarcane and bamboo fibre and 30% certified wood pulp. Packaging is 100% compostable including the see-through cellophane. The whole lot is sustainably sourced and is free of inks, fragrances and plastic. I like this product very much (see picture).

Cons: Greencane paper was developed by a couple from New Zealand, is produced in China and is therefore shipped a long way. It’s probably more expensive compared to the other options.

3) Homemade toilet cloths

Pros: You may think I’m kidding but just search for fabric toilet cloth on the internet and you will find that a lot of families do this. Made from old fabric, disposed of in separate bins and then carefully laundered – no packaging, no carbon footprint.

Cons: I could probably come up with something, but fabric toilet cloth brigade I salute you! Nevertheless, I’m going to stick with Greencane paper for now.

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4 thoughts on “ZERO PLASTIC TOILET PAPER & KITCHEN TOWEL

  1. Mercedez Halliwell

    Thank you for an interesting post! I have an additional question about the Green Cane toilet paper. On the pictures it looks like they are wrapped in plastic?

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    1. admin Post author

      Green Cane packaging is all paper and a thin, plant based cellophane. Also try Who Gives A Crap UK who wrap their toilet rolls in paper only.

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      1. Tola

        Great blog! really helpful. I think suma also wrap the bulk buys in plastic too unfortunately. Probably still less plastic than my normal shops but still defeats the plastic free thing 🙁 I think I’ll have to try who gives a crap, as they seem to be the only ones wrapping well, even though they are quite a bit pricier.

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  2. Laura

    I’ve just received my first order from Who Gives A Crap, and the only plastic I’ve received is the sellotape to seal the box closed. I do have a few concerns though. Similarly to Greencane it is shipped from China. Also, the paper wrapping is recyclable and not compostable, presumably because not all of the inks are plant-based.

    I do understand that they are trying to appeal to a wide audience by balancing sustainability and profitability, but I have to admit that I think Greencane comes out on top in terms of environmental impact.

    I know you can’t put a price on our planet, but if cost is a concern then I think Greencane works out cheaper… I will do the maths and find out! 🙂

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