At some point during the night my husband set a roll of Marcal toilet paper on the closed lid of my laptop. I noticed it when I woke up at 6 a.m. I walked past my office, looked left and there is was; his thick &soft, 2-ply, 80% more sheets per roll line in the sand.
I have to say, up until that moment he’d been very supportive, not only of my blog, which he proofreads and says he likes, but also about my one-corner-of-one-room-at-one-time approach to making our lives greener. (I suppose he’s grateful I’m not doing it all at once.) He’s gotten into the habit of saying no to single-use plastic shopping bags, just like I have. And, we now recycle everything our Waste Management Facility accepts; like plastic film packaging, cardboard-type material, whether its a brown box from Amazon, cereal box, or TP and paper towel roll, as well as mail and office paper. He’s even made a handy rack for all our recycling bins that we keep in the garage. We now have eight.
But I guess for him at least, when it comes to going green, some things are off limits. That TP on my laptop was a loud and clear message to leave his Charmin alone!
The problem for me is that when I researched to find out whether Bounty was safe for the environment, I learned that Proctor & Gamble, the company that makes it, is doing things that harm our planet; like deforesting woodlands in Canada, producing more carbon emissions and other harmful bi-products than it needs to, and using bleaching agents and chemicals that pollute our water ways. So, I decided then that if I knew a company was not taking steps to reduce its impact on Mother Earth, I’d avoid buying the stuff it puts out. P&G makes Bounty and Charmin.
So I now have to find a brand of TP that’s eco-friendly, cost friendly, AND soft. Luckily, the National Resource Defense Committee, has a great list of planet-safe toilet paper brands. Unluckily, in researching some of these brands, I’ll be hard pressed to find one as soft as Charmin. To make matters worse, I read in the Huffington Post that many brands of recycled toilet paper contain Bisphanal-A, or BPA; a chemical associated with health risks. (Thank you Huffington Post for adding to my parade of worries.)
How did BPA get into recycled toilet paper, you ask. If the reclaimed paper used by paper mills comes from cash register receipts and newspapers it’s likely contaminated with BPA. One BPA-free alternative is to use a TP not made from trees, like Emerald Bath Tissue, made from sugar cain. At almost 30 bucks for 15 rolls with shipping, I’m thinking that’s not the choice for us, however!
I read somewhere that Marcal does not use newspapers in it’s manufacturing. But it also doesn’t say BPA-free on its packaging. Does that mean it’s not BPA-free? I would think if it was, Soundview Paper Company, the manufacturer, would market it that way. But my odds are stacked against avoiding BPA anyway. According to the HP article most public restrooms use TP made from recycled content that is likely not BPA-free. BPA is probably a sealant in the cans of diced tomatoes we use weekly, too. So, does it matter if the toilet paper we use at home contains it? I’m not sure. I just know that I don’t feel right about buying Charmin anymore.