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Let’s Talk Toilet Paper–Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper

By Fredrica Syren: 

Whenever you jump on the zero-waste train, you will eventually be faced with the question about toilet paper. In 2006 when Colin Beaver, also known as No Impact Man, and his family embarked on a project of one year with no impact, he decided to stop using toilet paper altogether. This resulted in lots of misunderstanding and criticism. Since we started living more eco-friendly and zero waste, my husband and I have been frustrated over finding eco-friendly and green toilet paper. We have tried many kinds but always have been disappointed when paper comes individually wrapped and packaged in plastic.

First, did you know that it requires 37 gallons of water just to make one roll of toilet paper? Now, if that alone is not a good reason for going that extra mile to find better options, then maybe consider the fact that lots of trees from virgin forests are used to make toilet paper which, by the way, is very unsustainable.

Can you buy 100% recycled, plastic free, chemical free, eco-friendly and non-bleached toilet paper — or do we have to pull a No Impact Man?

The good news is that we have come long way since No Impact Man’s project. Today, you can find toilet paper made of 100% recycled paper that is wrapped in paper instead of plastic, so all you should do is recycle the inner tube and wrapping paper. I do not buy my toilet paper from the store; rather, I order it from either Amazon or (my personal favorite) the company “Who Gives a Crap.” Charming name, I know, but this company is great and you can buy in bulk of 48 rolls, which for a family of 5 is great.

Here are some great companies selling eco-friendly. Some even offer plastic free toilet papers.

Seven Generation

Who Gives a Crap

Georgia-Pacific Envision



Green Heritage


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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