As you might know I have written a couple articles lately on the damage being done by the cutting of old growth forests that hold a great deal of carbon to make Toilet Paper. Some big name Stinker companies like Charmin, Cottonelle, and Quilted Northern, among others, are clear cutting trees from places like the Canadian boreal forest at a rate of 1 million acres of forest every year. These virgin forests hold a huge amount of carbon, much more than forests that are even 50 years old. These companies are making single use toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues, and the carbon that is sequestered in the old trees is dumped back into our atmosphere speeding up climate change.
On the other hand there are Star companies, including Seventh Generation and Marcal that make these same paper products from 100% recycled paper content. There are also some great Star companies, like NATUREZWAY, that make all of their paper products from bamboo pulp with no tree pulp or recycled paper at all.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know which companies and paper products are Stars and which are Stinkers? Well, we are all in luck because the Natural Resource Defense Council has put together such a list. NRDC has rated more than 140 paper products in their use of sustainable materials that companies use in their products. They have rated these products on a scale of A – F. This list even includes superstore products with say the Walmart or Costco brand on them.
Please take a careful look at the ‘Issue with Tissue’ scorecard put out by the NRDC by visiting nrdc.org/tissue. After you see the sustainable score of your paper products you can buy accordingly.
Thanks again to the Natural Resource Defense Council, NRDC, for the information in this article and the great Sustainability Scorecard Chart.