Before anyone starts jumping to conclusions here, the only issue I have is,.. not being able to resist a segue. Stadium urinals straight into toilet paper.
Visitors to our house, recipients of our flyers, attendees of our events and us here at Build Sustainable Homes all have used recycled or rapidly renewable materials for our consumable paper products. And unless you asked, you probably didn’t even realize it.
It is just one of those things that make sense to me, ethically and even more so lately financially. Mariesa has been great about recruiting people to purchase the Enviro 100 copy paper from Eureka Recycling. It costs less than copy paper from the big box office stores also! And we can find tissue paper for competetive prices at many of the places we shop. (check the chart at the end) After spending a good amount of time in the Pacific Northwest, and especially in Northern California’s redwoods, it definitely changes how you think about trees. Somehow I think that down the road, the fact that we used virgin forests to clean our fannies might not sit too well with our following generations. So, recycled content tissue paper = great concept, and now Van Hotum from the Netherlands has just raised the bar.
From GreenBiz News,
[ AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — “Claiming that it has made the world’s first carbon neutral toilet paper, manufacturer Van Houtum last Friday at the ISSA Interclean conference in Amsterdam, rolled out its new product, Satino Black.
(look how edgy these guys are! here we have giggly pink teddy bears pitching 0% recycled pillow soft toilet paper, and they use boxers, goth punks and firefighters to sell their 100% recycled product)
At the conference, the company highlighted its many environmental attributes, saying that over the course of the last two years, the company has overhauled its production processes to achieve the following results:
- 100 percent recycled content, at least 85 percent of which is post-consumer
- Cradle to Cradle certification at the Silver lever
- Ecolabel certified since 2008
- Manufactured using 100 percent renewable energy
When added up, Van Houtum says this is the world’s greenest toilet paper.”