“Wipe Right” on National Toilet Paper Day
Friday 30 Aug 2019
“The tragic Amazon fires burning right now show how fragile the world’s forests really are,” said Shelley Vinyard, Boreal Corporate Campaign Manager at NRDC. “If every American switched one roll of toilet paper made from trees to a roll made from 100% recycled materials, we could save over 1 million trees, which are critical to meeting the world’s goals for avoiding catastrophic climate change. It would also show companies it’s time for them to stop flushing our trees down the toilet.”
Many major toilet paper brands are made with 100% pulp from ancient trees and old-growth forests, like the Canadian boreal forest, with zero recycled materials. More than 1 million acres of the Canadian boreal are clear-cut each year – that’s more than seven National Hockey League (NHL) rinks a minute – threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities, iconic boreal caribou and billions of migratory birds, all of which call this ancient forest home. On top of that, recycled toilet paper has one-third the carbon footprint of toilet paper made from trees, such as Procter & Gamble’s Charmin.
NRDC’s goal is to reach 100,000 pledges to wipe right for the environment and use recycled toilet paper. After people take the pledge, NRDC will send important information, resources and tips that will help people become a more conscious toilet paper consumer.
To help celebrate the day, suggestions to help mark the occasion are given here.
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