Who Gives a Crap? (the company’s Aussie, so it’s not that rude!) is sold on subscription, sent (carbon neutral) to your door in boxes of 24 or 48 rolls. Sold in beautiful paper packaging, it works out around £1.16 a roll. But each roll contains 400 sheets and it’s a thicker 3-ply, so you won’t need as much. Plus 50% of profits go to build clean sanitation in developing countries.
Ecoleaf recycled toilet tissue is one of the few brands you’ll find in stores or you can buy online. Sold in packs of 9 (in compostable wrap) you can buy up to 5 packs online, so you don’t have to order that often. Made from UK-sourced recycled fibre, it’s a mix of consumer and trade waste and uses chlorine-free processing.
Serious Tissues is a quality brand, made in the Midlands to create local jobs. It’s made from recycled paper, without dyes or perfumes. Designed for affordability, these 250-sheet rolls are almost 50% longer than supermarket rolls, delivered in recycled cardboard boxes. A tree is planted, for each roll sold.
super-soft bamboo toilet paper
More expensive than recycled paper bathroom tissue, bamboo toilet paper is more luxurious and comes from a grass that grows around 3ft a day. So rather than trees (that take decades to mature), bamboo forests can regrow in a year. As strong as steel, the woody stalks are processed into soft strong bathroom tissue. It’s best alternative for those who prefer luxury brands (which incidentally are more likely to block toilets).
Bamboo is not perfect, as we don’t yet have local forests (which would save carbon emissions, hemp would also be a good choice). But it does help to prevent logging that is (along with palm oil) decimating old-growth forests that are home to endangered creatures like Sumatran tigers (just 400 left). Industrial bamboo is not the same as fresh shoots eaten by pandas, but it’s important to live simply, as too much of anything creates a monoculture (forests chopped down to grow one product. This has happened Portugal, causing wildfires with excessive plantations of flammable eucalyptus trees to make ‘biodegradable packaging’.
Bazoo was set up by uni friends who left their jobs in legal admin and constructing marquees to set up this wonderful company that offers subscriptions of eco bathroom tissue in recycled wrappers profiling animals threatened by deforestation (the ‘naked box’ includes one wrapped roll to show off to bathroom visitors!)
Naked Sprout makes affordable bamboo paper toilet roll, using green energy from local waste. In plastic-free packaging, it costs the same as leading brands and has fabulous reviews. Unbleached, the double-length 2-ply rolls are made with green energy, and available on subscription.
Who Gives a Crap? sells extra-cushy 3-ply bamboo bathroom tissue in colourful paper packs. The co-founder (after learning that 800 children under 5 die daily from diseases caused by poor water and sanitation) decided to set this company up with his friends, donating 50% of profits to provide clean sanitation in developing countries. For the crowdfunding campaign, he sat on a toilet in their draughty warehouse and refused to move, until they raised enough pre-orders to start production. It took 50 hours but they did it, although he had a very cold bottom!
alternative ideas to toilet paper!
If you’re feeling creative, here are a few alternative ideas, which you may wish to use some of the time.
Biodegradable toilet paper gel is an alternative to disposable wet wipes (the third most common beach litter and causing most blocked toilets, which can cause garden floods for neighbours. Just squirt a pump on a few sheets of toilet paper, to create an instant wet wipe.
Reusable toilet paper is not as dreadful as it sounds. It works like cloth nappies or menstrual pads. Keep used sheets in a wet box, then throw in the machine (no fabric conditioner, as it reduces absorbency). Or just it for when you pee! For brands with polyester stitching, launder in a microplastic catcher.
Whisper Bidet takes just 10 minutes to install . The founder says ‘if you got poop anywhere else on your body, you’d get water involved!), It connects to the inlet on your tank, with no electricity or special tools. Fits around 99% of toilets.
For public bathrooms, ecomatic toilet roll dispenser works with sugar-cane toilet roll (the by-product from producing sugar) to avoid ‘streaming’ (excessive spinning causes 25% of toilet paper to end up on the floor).