At Sunrise Plumbing, our customers frequently ask us which toilet paper they should use because they want to incorporate their environmental consciousness into their shopping. They also want toilet paper that goes easy on their septic tank. This blog explains what makes a toilet paper more eco-friendly and which of those sanitary products tops the list, so you can stock your bathroom with soft, comfortable, reliable toilet paper.
You can buy a toilet paper that travels easily through your plumbing and naturally degrades in your septic tank or in the city’s sewage system. The market provides many options for bio-degradable products that offer a better alternative all-around. This means you can find a cushioned, soft alternative, such as those with diseases like IBS prefer, that prove less likely to clog the plumbing and bio-degrade quickly.
According to the Sierra Club, about 30% of the world uses toilet paper, a major innovation that allows populations to create a more sanitary hygiene experience. As an innovation, its use, along with the flushing toilet, helped society reduce disease and improve hygiene. Let’s explore your options, from the most ecological options to the closest choice to purchasing the toilet paper on the shelf at your local grocers.
According to Good Housekeeping magazine, three options top the list for most ecological product material. These include:
- Bamboo toilet paper processed without chlorine
- Toilet paper made from the leaves of the mullein plant
- 100% post-consumer waste toilet paper processed without chlorine
Note that none of these require paper processed from timber. The number and potency of chemicals needed to process and bleach wood fibers are considered to be some of the most environmentally damaging parts of the manufacture of toilet paper.
Types of Ecological Toilet Paper
When shopping for an ecological option for toilet paper, look for a brand that includes one of the following notices on its packaging:
Biodegradable Toilet Paper
While every toilet paper will break down in water over time, a paper marked biodegradable breaks down quickly. This makes it easier on plumbing, septic systems, and city sewage systems. It dissolves quickly, leaving no residue. If you have older plumbing that frequently clogs or a septic field, this is a good choice to keep your plumbing in good working order.
Recycled Toilet Paper
Papers marked “recycled” use recycled paper — like the printer paper you toss in the recycling bin at your office — to create a conventional toilet paper. Some recycled toilet paper manufacturers make the paper disintegrate in water more easily, though not all. It’s a good idea to read the fine print on recycled toilet paper to see if it notes being easy to break down. Either way, this is an ecological choice.
Septic-Safe Toilet Paper
Toilet papers labeled “septic-safe” dissolve in water more quickly than other toilet paper options. This type of sanitary paper helps to keep a septic system healthy. It also does not contain chemicals or preservatives that will hinder the ability of the natural bacterial breakdown of your septic field.
Terms to Look For
What toilet paper should you skip buying when you shop for an ecological choice? According to Home Guide Corner, avoid the following three types of toilet paper if you want to be ecologically conscious and septic-friendly:
- Quilted – This is toilet paper that adds an adhesive between layers to make the plies stick together. It takes longer to dissolve multiple layers of paper in a septic system or sewage system.
- Scented – This is fragranced toilet paper that uses harmful chemicals. It can hurt your septic system, including the microorganisms living in the system.
- Three or Four Ply – Every ply of toilet paper adds to its disintegration time. Multi-ply paper cause harm to a septic system, so avoid using it.
A Guide to Ecological Toilet Paper Brands
Many brands flooded the market with ecological options using each of the three typical brandings – recycled, septic-safe and biodegradable. Let’s consider the top choices according to consumer brand testing.
“Who Gives a Crap” Recycled Paper
Who Gives a Crap manufactures 100% recycled paper to create eco-friendly toilet paper. It goes the extra mile to also use recycled materials for its toilet paper rolls. Its manufacturing process avoids using chlorine and is certified vegan. The company Who Gives a Crap qualified as a certified B Corporation, meeting stringent requirements for environmental protection and worker pay.
Charmin Septic-Safe Toilet Paper
Charmin may be best known for quilted softness, something not very eco-friendly, but the manufacturer also makes one of the top options in an eco-sanitary paper. Charmin’s bath tissue that is labeled “septic safe” breaks down in the septic system up to four times faster than other septic friendly toilet papers. You can even use this brand in an RV toilet or a boat toilet safely.
Seventh Generation also offers septic and RV-safe toilet paper. This option also qualifies as 100% recycled toilet paper. Its manufacturing process avoids using chlorine bleach, dye and fragrance. This brand works well with low-flow toilets, too.
Caboo Tree-Free Bamboo Toilet Paper
Instead of traditional paper, Caboo uses bamboo and sugar cane to craft its toilet paper. Its manufacturing process avoids using chlorine bleach, dye and paraben. This two-ply toilet paper offers those with sensitive skin an opportunity to embrace their ecological side while remaining comfortable and irritation-free.
Feel Good 100% Eco Toilet Paper
Feel Good 100% Eco Toilet Paper provides a good choice as an eco paper that you can purchase at many local supermarkets. Made in the UK, it uses recycled paper from magazines and newspapers to make its toilet paper.
Other Toilet Paper Options
When you can’t find any of the above options, you still have better alternatives than using regular toilet paper. Try the following brands. Each have some combination of environmentally friendly materials, low-chemical manufacturing and easily dissolving materials:
- Cheeky Panda Eco Friendly Toilet Paper
- Presto! Eco 3ply Toilet Tissue
- Bamboo 24 Naked Toilet Paper
- Naked Sprout Unbleached Bamboo Toilet Roll
- Traidcraft Quilted Toilet Rolls
- 3Ply Bamboo Toilet Tissue
- Feel Good 100% Eco Toilet Paper 9 Rolls
To avoid confusion about our tips above, let’s note that 3Ply is a brand name, not the number of plies in the paper. The bamboo paper feels like using a three-ply traditional paper.
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