An absolute necessity in the toilet among other places, toilet paper is one essential product that one should never have to run out of. Large scale manufacture of paper for hygienic uses started as early as the 14th century. Some adjustments and innovations were made after its arrival in the European market and the essential modern roll-toilet paper dispenser was invented in 1883.
While toilet paper is very useful, it goes without saying that toilet paper is also one of the major causes of water pollution globally. It is also one of the main reasons for deforestation. About 200 rolls (100 lbs or 45 kg) of toilet/tissue paper can be generated from a single tree. More than 27000 trees are daily fell just for toilet papers. It is better to find zero waste and plastic-free alternatives and to generate a concern within normal people regarding the environmental situation.
Solutions regarding the potentially harmful effects of the toilet paper/tissue roll have been made available by many companies. Many brands are using recycled paper to manufacture toilet rolls. For those concerned with the Endocrine Disruptor Compounds (EDC) in the newspaper- there is the option of bagasse- a sugarcane byproduct that can be used to make toilet rolls.
The following is a list comprising of eco-friendly plastic-free toilet papers that are easily available for purchase:
The Cheeky Panda
One of the only plastic-free toilet paper based out of the UK, this product is made from bamboo and is 100% plastic-free. In addition, the packaging done by the company for both toilet paper and tissues is made of recyclable cardboard. The Cheeky Panda provides a discount for customers who buy their products on a subscription basis. It is also the first toilet paper company to be registered as VEGAN.
Who Gives a Crap
The company with the funkiest packaging- Who Gives A Crap is a bulk dealer of toilet paper and tissue rolls which is delivered straight to the shipping address. There are two variants of toilet paper available in the market. One of them is the premium bamboo version- a bit costly and the other one is the one made with 100% recycled paper. The packaging consists of a cardboard box with “Who Gives A Crap” written on the front. There is one more thing to note, the company works for a cause. It donates 50% of its profits generated to charity. This particular charity is focussed on providing toilets for those in need. So far the company has raised over 1 million pounds for Water Aid- a charitable organisation, to install toilets worldwide.
Offering complete freedom to the customer, GreenCane allows the customer to purchase the product in various packages. One can buy the product in its naked form (just the toilet roll), wrapped up in paper or in a box. All of the options are completely plastic-free and purchases can be done in packs of 4, 8 or 48 (on a subscription basis). There are a few other related products available from the house of GreenCane as well, such as facial tissues, kitchen paper and napkins. There is an additional business range comprising of jumbo rolls and interfolding tissues.
Ecoleaf From Suma
Suma is an ethical cooperative hailing from the UK. It is certified by all environmental safety standards. Ecoleaf made the UK’s first tissue made out of 100% recycled paper. It is free of dioxins and organic chlorides. The Ecoleaf is a toilet tissue roll available in all major online stores. There are 9 rolls in each packet which is also 100% compostable. One can purchase packages of 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 and 12 available for shipping. The high-quality tissue rolls are non-polluting and non-toxic to the environment.
Traidcraft Toilet Tissue
One of the UK’s leading Fair Trade Organisations, Traidcraft is committed to fighting poverty in developing countries and caring for the environment at the same time. Teaching and promoting fair trade practices to alleviate the conditions of poor people in developing nations is also one of its prime objectives. Traidcraft tissue rolls have been reviewed by users as one of the best available recyclable tissue rolls in the market. They are soft, thick and smooth on the skin. The only downside is that the packaging of these tissue rolls consists of plastic (LDPE). The plastic can be however later reused for different purposes. Meeting out all the ethical standards and environmental standards is quite a big challenge. In spite of all the hardships, Traidcraft has managed to attain the required standard.
Renova Green Eco-Friendly 100% Recycled Toilet Tissue Paper
Renova is one of the few manufacturers based from the UK to have earned an Eco-Label Certification from the Free European Commission. The company believes in the concept of Urban Forestry and recycling waste paper into something useful for further use. The package consists of 100% Recycled paper without any dyes, fragrances or chlorine. The entire package is made from sustainable resources. The 2-ply super-strong XXL Rolls contain approximately 280 sheets per roll. There are options of 84, 168 and 252 Rolls available(6 per pack) The entire production process is environmentally friendly, with low emissions of greenhouse gases, water pollution or air pollution.
Pure Soft Eco 100% Recycled 2Ply Toilet Paper Tissues
Pure Eco is one of the latest arrivals in the recycled Toilet Tissue paper industry. With the papers recycled 100% from waste resources, the entire industrial production process meets the environmental and ecological standards. Pure Soft Eco is also one of the cheapest options available in the recycled toilet paper segment. The package consists of 2-Ply Toilet Paper tissues that are embossed. Available in packs of 4, the total package consists of 10×4= 40 Rolls. The Pure Soft Eco 100% Recycled 2-Ply Toilet Paper Tissues is suitable for use in both home and office/business use.