Friday, March 13, 2009

A Greenpeace Guide to Toilet Paper Purchasing

It is no secret that hotels go through a heckuva lot of toilet paper, facial tissues and other paper-based items. I have often heard hoteliers talk about the challenge of finding toilet paper made with recycled content that is suitable for their guests. While Greenpeace's new "Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide" does not answer the comfort and feel questions for toilet paper, it does provide information to help one better select a "green" brand for testing. Greenpeace took a close look at toilet paper, paper towels, paper napkins and facial tissues and rated each brand based on the following criteria: percentage post-consumer content, percentage overall recycled content, and whether or not chlorine was used to bleach the paper.

Greenpeace ranked products as either "Recommended," "Could Do Better," or "Avoid." Many of the more well-known consumer brands fall into the "Avoid" category. How does your brand rate?

According to Greenpeace, Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of recycled toilet paper just once. To access Greenpeace's guide, click here.

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