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Recycled or Reclaimed

Posted by eemilla on October 25, 2009

This week’s Change the World Challenge from Reduce Footprints is to purchase the recycled option of a product you don’t normally buy the recycled version of, or if you don’t have an item that fits the bill discuss using reclaimed materials.

I have no problem with recycled paper towels or sandwich/bulk item bags, but I do not like recycled paper toilet paper.  It irks me because its manufacturers have the audacity to make it less soft and cost more than conventional toilet paper.  However, I will succumb to peer pressure and give it another go.  Which brands are cushier?


6 Responses to “Recycled or Reclaimed”

  1. I’ll be interested to know how you do with the toilet paper. It’s also one of my pet peeves because, in my mind, recycled products should be cost competitive. With many products, they are … but not with toilet paper.

    A Reduce Footprint’s reader did some excellent research on the Eco-friendly toilet papers. You might find her article helpful. Here’s the direct link:

    Thanks for taking on the challenge! 🙂

  2. We purchased a bulk-sized package of recycled paper towels, in the “select-a-size” style. Quirky thing is, the size of the individual sheets. One sheet is almost too small, but two sheets is more than you’ll need for a single use. Absorbency is fine, but they don’t tear as smoothly. Overall, not too bad, and I will purchase again …or maybe try a different brand.

    We have tried several brands of recycled toilet tissue. I agree, not all that soft. Scott Naturals is what we’re trying out now, but this brand is not 100% recycled (unfortunately).

    We also prefer to purchase recycled paper for the printer. I would like to try refillable ink cartridges.

    ~ Mysticle

  3. Beth said

    Since I wanted to get to the bottom of this (ha,ha!), I did a little research recently. As I understand it, the reason the un-recycled toilet paper is softer is that the wood fibers taken directly from old-growth forest trees are longer, which makes for a softer tissue, while the wood fibers taken from recycled products like newpapers or magazines are shorter, which makes for a rougher product. I’m currently using Marcal Small Steps Two-Ply and have found it to be a bit stiff, but quite strong and sturdy so that you don’t have to use too much. And the price wasn’t too bad, especially on sale and with a coupon.

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  5. Jon said

    Like what you did. Here’s wishing you a very happy and prosperous new year !

  6. EcoFacts said

    Marcal manufactures 2 ply and 1 ply 100% recycled paper products and is priced below premium.

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