April 10, 2009–Today’s Way: Getting into the habit of recycling has become easier than ever, with curbside recycling services available in more municipalities every year.  However, a big part of closing the recycling loop is actually buying recycled products, especially paper.  And the kind of paper we most often forget to consider is the stuff that we literally flush down the toilet every day…yup, we’re talking toilet paper.  According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with a roll made of 100% recycled fiber, we could save 423,900 trees.  That’s a lot of trees!  Just to wipe your—well, you know.  Aside from the conservation of trees and energy, a good recycled toilet tissue is usually processed without chlorine and therefore, reduces the amount of hazardous dioxins and other contaminants released into our environment.  When looking for recycled toilet paper, be sure to buy the tissue with the highest possible post-consumer waste (PCW) content—that’s the paper that you and I recycled on our curbs—and also be sure that it says “processed chlorine free”.  The NRDC has a very helpful chart on their website, rating the environmental sustainability of different toilet paper brands.

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