Talking crap

Demand for luxury toilet roll trumping shopper’s environmental concerns, new analysis shows

Hmm. Seems that they’re using less recycled in current bog roll:

The major brands are using far less recycled paper than they did in 2011 amid a growing trend for high quality ‘four-ply’ toilet roll known for its softness.

Only five of the nine major supermarkets, including Sainsburys and Waitrose, are offering their own-brand recycled toilet paper, analysis from Ethical Consumer magazine found.

In 2011, just under 30% of total fibre used by Kimberly-Clark, one of the biggest suppliers of toilet tissue worldwide, was from recycled fibre, but by 2017 this figure had fallen to 23.5%.

Well, OK, if that’s what the punters want then why not?

It recommends Ecoleaf, Essential, Traidcraft and Who Gives A Crap as more environmentally friendly alternatives to the fashionable quilted toilet rolls.

Because the manufacturers of the more expensive and worse stuff would like some sales please, that’s why not.

And this bit is entirely talking crap:

It comes as experts warn that the large-scale use of virgin paper in the production of “luxury” quilted toilet roll is heavily contributing to deforestation rates and destroying animal habitats.

Bog roll comes from especially manufactured plantations. Which wouldn’t exist if they weren’t to be cut down for bog roll. It’s like saying don’t eat bacon to save pigs – pigs wouldn’t be farmed if we didn’t want bacon.

21 thoughts on “Talking crap”

  1. Don’t these manufactured plantations also? grow fast growing trees that reduce CO2 in the atmosphere?

  2. Asda do really good own brand bog roll, I don’t care in the slightest how much recycled paper there is in it.

  3. Meanwhile trees in the US are cut down, shipped over the Atlantic and burnt in Drax power station due to the demands of the green lobby.

  4. What is it with these people and bog roll?

    Didn’t they have enough fun with its absence Venezuela?

  5. “Ethical Consumer magazine“. Where do I subscribe? I hope it’s printed on recycled paper.

  6. @Mr Womby

    “Ethical Consumer” run Ritchie’s Fair Tax Mark (as Ritchie is such an entrepreneur he couldn’t make it work himself). They also are part funded by Lush, who by pure confidence later got a Fair Tax Mark.

  7. the Totalitarian mind.

    Ironic that these people would genuinely call themselves liberals, even in the old sense of the world, but obsess over what toilet paper other people use.

  8. “recycled toilet paper”

    That sounds rather disgusting. I assume what is meant is ‘toilet roll made from recycled paper’.

    “…a growing trend for high quality ‘four-ply’ toilet roll known for its softness.”

    If we use thinner bog roll, more people will have ‘brown finger’, leading to more illness.

    Would the eco-fascists be happier if we used our left-hand and a water-gun, as many Muslims do?

  9. ‘Demand for luxury toilet roll trumping shopper’s environmental concerns’

    Shoppers deciding for themselves what they want.

    “We tried freedom, but it didn’t work.”

  10. Quilted bog rolls are our great self-indulgence. Hands off, you bastards.

    It’s probably urban arse-holes – the figurative kind – who don’t even grow their own food who are behind this Nazi crackdown (if you’ll pardon the expression). In fact, if they are Labour Party people they are probably anti-semites into the bargain. May they rot in hell.

  11. The reason for this is that most people doing green behaviour don’t actually care. For most people, doing green things is about social status, and once it reaches a certain level of adoption, it loses social status (“when everyone is special, no-one is”) and gets abandoned.

    You’ll get plastic straws back in a couple of years.

  12. @BoM4:

    You’ll get plastic straws back in a couple of years.

    It took my local less than two months. Everybody complained the paper ones got soggy too quickly.

  13. Bog roll comes from especially manufactured plantations. Which wouldn’t exist if they weren’t to be cut down for bog roll. It’s like saying don’t eat bacon to save pigs – pigs wouldn’t be farmed if we didn’t want bacon.

    Same as the Nordic forests – grown for paper

    Pigs – yep I always point out to veggies there would be no fluffy lambs, cows etc looking nice in fields if we didn’t eat them. There response usually “yeah but, no but” as it’s never occurred to them.

  14. If you use less good quality toilet paper than you would poor quality then fewer trees are destroyed even though a larger percentage of eavch sheet is from virgin pulp.
    4 sheets of paper from 70% virgin pulp uses more virgin pulp than 3 sheets made from 76.5% virgin pulp.
    Why cannot eco-workers learn arithmetic? Are they mentally defective or do they just refuse to do so?

  15. I’m typing this sat on the loo at my mum’s place in the UK (arrived yesterday evening), she’s still got the Izal Medicated toilet paper alongside the normal loo paper even though nobody uses it since my dad died late 2015.

  16. Who Gives A Crap is an awful product. I am one of those people who have tried that rubbish (ex was a little eco-nut) then went and bought some proper bog roll. I do not recommend it to anyone.

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