Feb 19, 2010
Recycled, Green, Eco-Friendly- what does it all mean? With all of the “green” products flooding the market, it’s difficult for the average consumers to figure it all out.
Here’s the real facts- the EPA minimum guidelines for toilet paper are at least 20% recycled content and 20% post-consumer waste. Recycled content means it was recovered and is being used again. This can be before or after a consumer uses it. Post-consumer specifically means that this content has reached the marketplace and has been used by consumers. Many brands like Sunrise Toilet Paper by Marcal exceed these expectations- Sunrise toilet paper is made from 100% recycled content and 60% post-consumer.
(I know it’s funny to think of post-consumer content when it comes to toilet paper, but trust me, its not what you think. Any type of paper can be used.)
So if any products claim they are recycled, or green, check the stats. If they don’t meet the EPA guidelines, then you really aren’t helping the environment.