Please Don’t Squeeze or Take my TP!
I will try some of the cheaper store brands on some things, as a matter of fact, I’m convinced some of the store brands are manufactured right alongside the name brands. The CEOs at these companies are laughing all the way to the bank about how they duped us into buying pretty packaging.
There is one item that is different and where I won’t scrimp to save money: Toilet paper. I am a life-long Charmin user. I get this from my mom, I think, who also said she would never scrimp on quality toilet paper (must have been all that using old newspapers during the Depression).
When I was single, living on my own in an apartment, I might have had to make some food stretch to the next payday, but I always had my quality toilet paper. When we went to Germany, one of the things I missed in those 10 days? You guessed it.
This year, when my husband was laid off, we even tried buying another cheaper brand. Hated it. We used it until we could get back to the store.
That’s why it made me depressed to read this article in The Kansas City Star yesterday that laid out the negative environmental effects of soft toilet paper such as the one I use. I get they use chemicals and bleaches to manufacture the stuff, the effect that is most disturbing to me is the fact they are using old growth forests to make it softer.
When we moved to The Little House, I did do some homework to make sure the Charmin was really safe for the septic and wouldn’t clog us up. I was happy to learn it was safe, so long as we took the other precautions such as treating the septic monthly and periodic pumping.
Now I learn that these soft toilet papers use old growth forests to produce the toilet paper, which not only effects the gasses released into the environment, but also wildlife.
Environmental groups claim, according to this article, that if every single American family bought just one roll of recycled toilet paper just one time that we could save 400,000 trees.
Still, it takes more to get the job done when the TP is thinner, so is it better to use less with the better stuff or more with the other stuff? I admit, I haven’t tried the recycled paper, it is a lot more expensive to buy than even the softest brands.
We just bought a large multi-pack at the store, which I don’t intend on wasting. But this article does have me thinking, even now, like the bear on the commercial, about how much I use.
For right now, that will have to be the bottom line.
Does “going green” have you thinking about sacrificing something you’ve used or done all of your life, or have you already made the switch – giving up something you really love? Tell us about it.
I’m still waiting to hear from Freth on the movie giveaway! Stay tuned for another giveaway on Friday….