Monday, March 2, 2009

toughen up your butt

This just in at Alternet:

America's Love Affair with Really Soft Toilet Paper Is Causing an Environmental Catastrophe

Americans have been long chastised for our environmental footprints (and for good reason). But the latest report from environmental groups including Greenpeace should give us major reason to pause. The Guardian could not have said it any better:

The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country's love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public's insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.

The numbers are shocking: More than 98 percent of the toilet paper we use in the US is from virgin forests, the Guardian reports. Across the world, people are struggling to save our forests from deforestation, and instead of helping out, we're wiping are butts with our best defense against climate change.

Me, I've mostly been using recycled TP for as long as I've been buying my own TP, and I've come to prefer it over the squishy, fluffy stuff. And, hint hint, Green Forest toilet paper is on sale at co-ops across the US for $1.59 for a 4 pack.

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