Moving from the city to the country has changed a lot of things about how we live. One unexpected difference is that there is no garbage service here. Everyone packs up their recycling and garbage and drives it to the dump. Once you’re there, it’s your job to sort your recycling into the proper containers. When you have to do this you are confronted by two things; that we make a lot of waste, and that many things that we thought were recyclable are not. I’ve come to understand that not every recycling center can recycle the same things.
When you sort your own trash it really drives home the point that the earth needs us to produce less waste, and because of that, I am trying to do better one item at a time. I started with our toilet paper.
Have you ever questioned why toilet paper is wrapped in plastic? We used to buy the Kirkland brand from Costco and that toilet paper is wrapped twice! It’s ridiculous. The EPA shows that in 2015 just under thirty five million tons of plastic was thrown away in the United States.
Only 9 percent of that was recycled.
Can you believe that figure? It’s absolutely disgraceful.
In my quest to obtain toilet paper without plastic wrapping I looked on Amazon and read the reviews of the different paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls. Why do they need to be wrapped in extra paper?
I worried a little that I might accidently buy a year’s worth of paper that no one wanted to use. I finally settled on Scott Essential Professional 100% Recycled Fiber Bulk Toilet Paper for Business. When I did the math, the cost per roll was much cheaper than the $1.50 they sell it for at my local drug store. I bought a case of it because I knew it would arrive in a cardboard box and not in a package with plastic filler.
The verdict? It works. It’s a thin 2-ply paper, but no one in the family noticed the change, and we have one less thing to throw out. We are saving the paper wrapping to use in the fireplace in the winter, so I call that a win.