What exactly is recycled toilet paper?

Seventh Generation is a recycled product producer. They estimate that if we all replaced

*Just one 250-count package of virgin fiber napkins with 100% recycled ones, one million trees would be saved.

*544,000 trees would be saved by replacing a 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels.

*424,000 trees would be spared by replacing a 500-sheet roll of virgin fiber toilet paper.

*170,000 trees would be saved by replacing one 175-count box of virgin fiber facial tissue.

Some of the arguments against using recycled paper products is that they aren't as soft as virgin fiber products.

Obviously softness is key in facial tissue and toilet paper, but with paper towels and napkins, I don't really see it as an important factor.

Anyways, I'll paste the link for the article that I got this information from because its an interesting portrait of the interplay between consumer preference and environmental necessity. As an editorial aside, I think if the mainstream paper manufacturers thought it was more econonomically beneficial to produce recycled paper products, they would find a way to make them softer.

I buy recycled paper towels and I encourage you to opt toward recycled products where you can. Who doesn't prefer a forest over a rough napkin?


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