Toilet paper is EVIL! Only use RECYCLED toilet paper!

@Taskr36 (13923)
United States
February 28, 2009 8:41am CST
So now the environmental extremists are up in arms that we are destroying forests for toilet paper. Apparently the US makes more toilet paper than any other country in the world, a statistic I am quite proud of. “No forest of any kind should be used to make toilet paper,” said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist and waste expert with the Natural Resource Defense Council. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/science/earth/26charmin.html?_r=2&hp “This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous,” Hershkowitz told the Guardian newspaper, which cited the chemicals used in pulp manufacturing and process of cutting down forests. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/26/toilet-roll-america Is there anyone here who only uses toilet paper for 3 seconds? I'm not about to use some scratchy, recycled crap when I'm in the office. If a forest has to come down for my tush to be comfortable, so be it.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Feb 09
I'm all for recycling. It has it's place and I see no need to waste when we can recycle where apropriate. However, like you said, when it comes to my tukas, I won't sacrifice. If they would make recycled toilet paper a little easier on the southern exposure, I would use it. Not that they can't, it's that they won't. Why? Marketing. I worked for a guy who was in the paper business for over 20 years, he worked for James RIver. Here is what he told me. When a buyer goes to a paper company, and is looking to buy recycled paper, they actually want to see the chunks of wood and old paper in it, they actually want it to look and feel what people interpret recycled paper to look and feel like.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
28 Feb 09
You know that's a really good point. I always wondered why they used ugly brown recycled napkins at Taco Bell when I knew that recycled paper didn't have to be brown. My recycled computer paper looks just like any other paper. Now it all makes sense. They WANTED it to look ugly, earthy, and recycled.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Feb 09
"They WANTED it to look ugly, earthy, and recycled." exactly, it's all a marketing gimic.
@spalladino (17922)
• United States
1 Mar 09
Forests may come down but they're replanted. I know, it takes 20 years to grow a good size tree but this has been going on for decades. Trees are a renewable resource when managed properly so this really is a lot of crap...that's going to take more than 3 seconds to wipe away. I aint using recycled toilet paper on my delicate tush either.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
1 Mar 09
Exactly, they're renewable. There isn't a finite supply. If they can make soft fluffy TP from palm trees we'll be good to go. I swear I've seen those things grow to full size overnight here in Florida.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Funny thing is, I know they can make the recycled paper softer. I have used in other countries. I have no idea why they think that people who live environmentally friendly should be uncomfortable here in the US.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 Feb 09
"Funny thing is, I know they can make the recycled paper softer" marketing. I'll include the explanation in my main post.
@irishidid (8716)
• United States
28 Feb 09
All I can think about is the 3 shells in Demolition Man.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
28 Feb 09
LOL! That was hilarious.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
Boy, oh boy your last sentence really makes me think. No wonder North Americans are so despised and loathed in some countries. We are the biggest wasters of energy and natural resources in the world. There are so many places in the world where millions of people don't have any toilet paper at all or cannot afford it since they make less than a dollar a day. Thank goodness they don't use any because our whole world would soon be drowning in sh*t. The manufacture of paper poisons streams and environments if proper controls are not in place. It is true there are some tree species that grow very quickly and are therefore a renewable resource but we are still wasters. I buy and use paper products made from recycled paper. That does not mean the toilet paper itself was used previously. I take it your headline is a bit of a pun.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Dude, my last statement was a joke. Anyone who despises and loathes me over such an obvious joke is someone whose opinion means nothing to me. I know you like to think we are so wasteful, but before you make a statement that we are the MOST wasteful, you may want to do a bit of research on countries like China and Russia. I really do pity the people without toilet paper, but I don't see what that has to do with this thread. I have no problem with recycled paper, in fact, I use recycled computer paper exclusively since I get it for free at Office Depot by turning in my empty printer cartridges for recycling. Yes, I'm recycling two things at the same time that way. I used to work at Taco Bell where we used recycled napkins exclusively as well. Recycling is great, but when it comes to the comfort of my tush, THAT is where I draw the line. Until that toilet paper is cottony soft, I want no part of it. I work hard and pay good money for the soft stuff so I deserve it.