Conscientious "Green" living on a shoestring budget
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The Paper Dilemma
Okay, so we all have to use toilet paper, and most of us are pretty well accustomed to using facial tissue (a.k.a. 'kleenex'), and likewise there's always a paper towel handy when you need to clean up that spilled drink. But do most of us think about the trees we are using, and the forests we are destroying whenever we wipe/blow/scrub? With billions of us humans all over the globe, that's a LOT of paper, and paper comes from trees, right? It's said that we, as Americans, use some 700 pounds of paper per year. That's a lot of trees.
Needless to say, I am all for keeping as many trees, wooded areas, and forests intact. I've seen several eco-conscious brands of paper products around, at natural food stores and such, but they are always uber-ultra-expensive. I am but a humble working-class guy with little income. Can't justify it.
Well, along comes Marcal Small Steps - a line of paper that says it's '100% recycled'. They apparently don't cut down ANY trees to make their paper products, and they haven't for 50 years! Sweet! I found some bath tissue priced at $5.99 for a 12-pack of double-sized rolls at a local farm supply store, and, at that price, I think I like it. Anyone else like this stuff? It's not the fluffiest, softest, etc. around, but does the trick better than some store brands. Here's a link to their website.