Buying toilet paper is something you probably don’t put a lot of thought into when you head into your local supermarket. You grab one packet you like off the shelf, add it to your trolley among the bread and milk, and sustainability might not even cross your mind. However, your choice in toilet paper really matters.
Between 1996 and 2005, close to 11 million hectares of boreal forests in Canada were logged for toilet paper for the United States and the rest of the world. The Canadian boreal forest is valuable for its indigenous people, the climate, and species, and continual logging for pulp for toilet paper has a significant impact.
Therefore, if you can put sustainability to the forefront of your mind, you may be able to consider alternative options for your household’s toilet paper supply. You never know, you could make more of an impact than you first thought.
So, how do you shop for the eco-friendliest toilet paper? There are a few things to consider, which we’ll run through below.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification
FSC is an organisation that is all about promoting responsible forest management. Be on the lookout for an FSC tick on your toilet paper products, but then consider which category the toilet paper could fall into. FSC mix means the toilet paper can be a mixture of certified forest, reclaimed, or controlled source materials.