Toilet paper is Evil

So I just found out that the Charmin I’ve been buying at Sam’s Club is made with old growth forests; what fraction is unclear, but it’s somewhere between 1 and 22 percent.

seventhgeneration.com told me that my local Biggs carried their stuff, but there was nothing in the paper isle but the evil stuff. I complained about this on the way out, and was directed to a very tiny display in a completely different part of the store, where indeed there were some very small, very expensive Seventh Generation products.

I bought one of each (TP, kleenex, white and brown paper towels) and installed them immediately (rather than waiting until the current ones ran out). So far they get top marks.

It also turns out that my friends at amazon.com sell 7th generation product, in large quantities, at low cost, with free shipping and an additional 15% discount if I subscribe. Once we’ve used up our current inventory of planet raping product, I think we’ll move over to that.

Bonus points — buying less at Sam’s Club means less support for their evil empire. I’m not yet to the point that I’m willing to turn down Sam’s Club’s great deals, but I’m always glad when their deal isn’t best.

Back in the olden days we ordered a lot of 7th generation products. It feels a little weird to return to that from another route.

Speaking of raping the planet, I tried the new McDonald’s Angus Burger. Quite a good burger, by McDonald’s standards, but I don’t think I’ll be getting another. It falls into a middle ground that is neither good nor cheap. For cheap I’ll eat off their dollar menu, and for good I’ll go elsewhere.

In other news, Amelia finally got the hang of her new bike, and I’m still utterly flummoxed on how to get my Mac OSX application to handle Apple Events. More on that later.

4 Responses to “Toilet paper is Evil”

  1. Jen says:

    Wow! I’m glad you went to the trouble of doing the research! Here’s the article that alerted me to the situation.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/science/earth/26charmin.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=toilet%20paper%20old%20growth%20forests&st=cse

    In the meantime, not to sound self-righteous, but we have all but stopped stopped purchasing a) anything but 100% recycled toilet paper, 2) paper towel (a warm, soapy rag does the trick, and works better, on counters); 3) paper plates, 4) paper napkins, and 5) anything but 7th generation products, e.g., dishwashing liquid, powder for the dishwasher, and laundry soap.

    The substituted products work just as well, if not better.

    Also, I have become loathe to use “single use” items, e.g., of course, plastic bottles, but also all soft drinks, gator aid bottles, juice, napkins, frozen meals, restaurant food, plastic bags, shopping bags, etc., etc., which is all about “convenience” and just a mindset we’ve been sold, and sold hard, in my opinion. Mostly it makes money for stupid companies that really ARE raping the planet, and costs us more money. I’m not buying it, on all levels.

    I know, I know, how radical! I can already hear people arguing with me!!! you’re crazy! Now I know how my mother felt when she started organic farming 40 years ago. They act like YOU’RE crazy, but my opinion is, THEY’RE crazy!!!

  2. Jen says:

    PS All fast food fits the category as well. Oh my god, I had a Subway sandwich the other day, with lettuce on it, and I swear I almost threw up! GROSS!!!!!! I can’t even look at packaged lettuce anymore, with that slightly rotten, brownish look and that awful, lead-like taste, covered with chemicals to kill the e-coli. Bleah! DisGUSTING. And that store is supposed to be GOOD fast food. I admit I can eat a tuna sandwich there, with absolutely NONE of their old, brown, wilted vegetables on it, but ONLY if I have to. God, we’ve been sold!

    I’ve been spoiled because I’ve been getting lettuce from my local REAL organic farmer through our CSA, and now I just can’t go back to the old ways.

    I know, I am obnoxious and self-righteous, but at least I’m not eating food with fecal matter on it!

  3. Lady M says:

    We use 7th Gen paper towels, which are pretty awful, but every time we use one (ineffectively), we are reminded that we ought to be using cloth anyway. So, I guess they work to save the planet in a roundabout way.

  4. Melida says:

    Trader Joe’s paper and cleaning products are also very good, relatively inexpensive and rated highly by those in the know on these things…

    Having said that, Seventh Generation products are amazing, and the CEO does a good blog… ;)

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