Most people probably don’t give the toilet paper they use on a daily basis a second thought. However for many years now I have. It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to find products that are made from waste. Meaning I want to purchase items that support the concept of recycling and being a bit kinder to the world around us. There are always a few problems with this. In many cases you are going to pay more for trying to do the right thing. The Seventh Generation bathroom tissue pictured above does cost more. For 48 rolls the total cost was one penny under $48 US dollars. Normally a four pack of Charmin would cost around that price depending on the version you purchased. So at a $1 a roll you will be paying more to put your money where your mouth is. This is one key reason we don’t see more people making the change to more eco-friendly products. It is a major reason many people won’t purchase organic products to eat. Granted there have been many debates as to the long term cost savings in regards to health care when eating a more organic diet.
Availability of better choices is another reason many aren’t trying to do things a bit differently. The thought persist that you will have to make some type of sacrifice in quality or usability when using an eco-friendly product. While this is true in some cases. I think that newer products on the market now have made this less of an issue. I’ll say that this was a major concern when I was considering the product above. My fear was that the Seventh Generation bathroom tissue would end up feeling like sandpaper. Over the years I’ve seen to many toilet paper companies claim their product is soft only to be highly disappointed. For most of us comfort is a factor when choosing a brand of toilet tissue. What I can say at this point is that the Seventh Generation product feels somewhat soft to the touch. Seventh Generation bathroom tissue doesn’t feel near as soft as Charmin Ultra Soft. That is what we normally purchase or another Charmin variation.
The Seventh Generation toilet paper is a similar size to the Charmin Ultra Soft big roll. Maybe just slightly smaller. The paper itself seems thinner than the Charmin even though the Seventh Generation is supposed to be a two ply product. Now the interesting thing here is that Seventh Generation claims the bathroom tissue above is 500 2 ply sheets. The Charmin Ultra Soft claims to be 200 2 ply sheets. Yet there really isn’t a large size difference between the two products. You would think the Seventh Generation roll would in fact be larger. The visual difference could be do to what I think are the thinner sheets of Seventh Generation. So the big question becomes how did the Seventh Generation bathroom tissue perform? I can say it didn’t remind me of the Scott Toilet Paper I used years ago that felt like rough sandpaper. The Seventh Generation was not as soft as Charmin in my opinion. But in my limited testing of the product I wasn’t unhappy with the feel. I think the eco-friendly toilet paper is just as sturdy compared with Charmin. I’d have to say at this point I’m not disappointed with my purchase. If the environmentally friendly choice doesn’t rub me raw I will be more than willing to purchase the product again. The unfortunate thing is that most people won’t take a chance on making a switch. So the overall price is likely to stay higher than the competition.
Seventh Generation bathroom tissue is not made in the United States. This bathroom tissue is in fact a Product of Canada. Personally I find it odd that Seventh Generation couldn’t find a company to make this product in the USA. I would think that any manufacturing facility making paper products could be designed to produce this product. And it’s not like there isn’t a supply of recycled paper material to be found here. Some things need to be kept in mind. Eco-friendly product production can create jobs. Also manufacturing a product closer to home reduces cost. Finding the raw material – in this case recycled paper – closer to home also helps lower production cost as well.
Buying products made from recycled material helps to create new markets and reduce the prices paid for these products. If more recycled materials are used in manufacturing a product. This will give companies and communities a greater incentive to recycle the contents within their homes. Recycling will only continue to work if companies innovate and find ways to make products from the waste that doesn’t head to the landfill. I’d tend to bet you could get a few people to argue that the overall environmental impact of Seventh Generation bathroom tissue is low. Considering that the product needs to be shipped to this country. The delivery of the product to the warehouse, grocery store or customer isn’t being done with vehicles that use biofuels or electric. But the fact remains that these type of products reduce waste going to landfills. You should also see some type of environmental benefit as long as the manufacturer is taking it’s green responsibility seriously. If less toxic ingredients are used to produce the product this has to benefit water and air quality. The same could be said for when you flush this bathroom tissue down the toilet. A more natural product should break down faster and cause less impact upon water quality.