Which Toilet Paper Doesn't Destroy the Canadian Boreal Forest?

The average North American household uses about 100lbs of toilet paper each year. Where does much of that toilet paper come from? Canada's boreal forest.

 Canada's Boreal forest comprises about one third of the circumpolar boreal forest that rings the Northern Hemisphere. The Canadian boreal forest is the largest intact forest in the world.

This forest stores the carbon equivalent of about double the world's recoverable oil reserves, making it critical in the fight against climate destruction. Yet, during the decade ending in 2015 over 28 million acres of the boreal forest were destroyed so we could wipe our asses. In addition to the lost carbon capture, millions of animals lost their natural habitat and ecosystems were shattered.

 But we all still need to go #2, right? Yes, but there are alternatives to wiping (Star Wars reference).

1. The Bidet: No longer reserved for the wealthy, bidet attachments can easily be connected to standard toilets. Those that use them, swear by them.

2. The washcloth: This may sound a little gross, but I believe this is more acceptable in some parts of the world that have a TP shortage. Essentially, instead of wiping only with toilet paper you also use a washcloth that is then rinsed off.

For those determined to stick to toilet paper, look for products made with 100% recycled paper. To help you choose, the graphic below grades common toilet paper brands by their impact on the environment:


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