Bazoo kitchen roll

Millions of trees are cut down each year, to make disposable kitchen roll, with the paper tending to come from virgin trees in Boreal forests in the northern hemisphere (home to creatures like bears, elk, wolves and moose). In addition, many brands are bleached with chlorine to make them white (this chemical poisons everything in its path) and some brands add chemicals to make coloured tissues. And most brands are sold in plastic packaging.

If used with biodegradable cleaning liquids, choose unscented for pregnancy/nursing and affected medical conditions (and for babies/pets as citrus oils etc are unsafe if paws walk on counters/floors cleaned with it).

Bazoo bamboo kitchen roll (enter code at checkout for £10 off) is a brand set up by friends who left jobs in legal admin and constructing marquees, to offer extra-long rolls (120 sheets) or bamboo kitchen roll with no chlorine bleach or harmful dyes, which works out cheaper than leading brands. Super-absorbent and very strong, sold in recycled paper packaging.

Each pack profiles animals threatened by deforestation. And the team protects 100m2 of endangered rainforest habitat for each purchase, which helps to protect wildlife and reverse climate change.

Bamboo stalks are as strong as steel, so make good soft yet strong bathroom tissue. It’s not perfect as we don’t grow bamboo locally, but it does prevent logging that is decimating old-growth forests (home to endangered creatures).

Who Give a Crap? also makes recycled paper rolls in in plastic-free packaging. The rolls are a bit shorter to keep packaging/shipping costs low but they work just as well, and the 2-ply strength can handle spills from countertops and cubicles.

Serious Tissues offers kitchen rolls made from old cereal boxes and newspaper, sold in plastic-free packaging. Subscribe online for big savings, and a tree is planted for each box sold. Produced in the Midlands to create local employment, each delivery includes 6 rolls of jumbo 100-sheet rolls in thick 3-ply size. The tissues are off-white, using a non-chlorine bleaching agent to remove colour from magazines. Wholesale  supplied to shops, offices, hotels, pubs, hospitals and GPs.

Naked Sprout Bamboo Kitchen Roll (use coupon code englandnaturally for 10% discount) is made from FSC-certified unbleached bamboo and made without fossil fuels, sold in packs of 6 to 30. The ultra-absorbent 2-ply rolls have 100 large sheets per roll, with no bleach, scent, plastic or harsh chemicals, and cost the same as leading brands per sheet.

a washable alternative to paper towels

dream cloth

Dream Cloth is a washable reusable alternative to paper towels, to launder or pop in the dishwasher for months of use, then it safely composts. Made from repurposed cotton and cellulose (wood pulp), it’s perfect to soak up spills or wipe appliances and countertops. Sold in packs of 3, in zero-waste packaging.

Designed to last around 50 washes (around 9 months), Dream Cloth can hold 13 times its weight in water, and you’ll never get that icky sponge smell, as it dries so fast. At first it’s a bit crispy, but this is what helps to stop bacteria, and a quick rinse under the tap softens it up, to absorb like a sponge and scrub like a cloth. Then just wash and dry flat (don’t use fabric conditioner or tumble dry, it reduces absorbency). The compost at end of use.

what’s wrong with disposable paper towels?

England’s best-selling paper towel brand is Plenty, owned by a Swedish company since being sold by Proctor & Gamble. Greenpeace has been critical of clearcuts of Sweden’s remaining old-growth forests which has wiped away habitats of threatened species. And a recent lockout by 145 union members at a tissue mill in New Zealand made headline news, when local workers (many of Maori descent) did not receive their request for a pay rise (to keep up with inflation) from a company that made a $1.8b profit.

What’s also concerning is the lack of ingredients listed on many similar products. Bounty (which used to be the name for Plenty before being sold) is still listed as Bounty in the US. But its FAQ page clearly states that they can’t even guarantee that there are no animal ingredients. Why you’d need these for a simple kitchen paper towel is anyone’s guess, but it’s a good reason to switch to reusable or zero waste kitchen paper towels.

Did you know that in Japan, nobody ever (or has ever) used disposable paper towels? They were just never a thing, in a country where (due to 11% of land being arable) they don’t have the luxury of creating landfills or ‘industrial composting heaps’. If you’re fed up of sorting waste into two or three bins, one town in Japan has to recycle into 45 categories!

what’s wrong with disposable paper towels?

England’s best-selling paper towel brand is Plenty, owned by a Swedish company since being sold by Proctor & Gamble. Greenpeace has been critical of clearcuts of Sweden’s remaining old-growth forests which has wiped away habitats of threatened species. And a recent lockout by 145 union members at a tissue mill in New Zealand made headline news, when local workers (many of Maori descent) did not receive their request for a pay rise (to keep up with inflation) from a company that made a $1.8b profit.

What’s also concerning is the lack of ingredients listed on many similar products. Bounty (which used to be the name for Plenty before being sold) is still listed as Bounty in the US. But its FAQ page clearly states that they can’t even guarantee that there are no animal ingredients. Why you’d need these for a simple kitchen paper towel is anyone’s guess.

Did you know that in Japan, nobody ever (or has ever) used disposable paper towels? They were just never a thing, in a country where (due to 11% of land being arable) they don’t have the luxury of creating landfills or ‘industrial composting heaps’. If you’re fed up of sorting waste into two or three bins, one town in Japan has to recycle into 45 categories!

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