I don’t know about you, but I despise advertisements for toilet paper almost as much as I despise advertisements for prescription drugs (worse than toilet paper ads only because of the endless lists of possible side effects…as far as I know, toilet paper does not have side effects).
Okay, you say, why on earth is Ellen writing about toilet paper? Well, it’s a paper product that Americans have used with abandon, unlike most of the rest of the world. And, we use bleached products, by and large.
In a recent Utne piece, I learned that toilet paper producers actually may add brown coloring to toilet paper to signal the product’s “greeness.” Still, Americans are reluctant to use toilet paper made from recycled materials.
With the cost of recycled paper products much lower now, I have taken the leap to “brown” recycled paper products. It’s like the early days of household recycling–or seatbelt use: once adopted, these practices become habitual and I feel self-conscious or guilty or naked if I ignore them. Here’s a link to a wiki article on recycling paper.
Is this more than you wanted to know about me–that my household uses toilet paper made from recycled materials?
Well, I’m gonna take this one step further–today’s Question of the Day is:
What “green” practices have you adopted in recent years?
These practices don’t have to be elaborate or difficult. It’s easier to make change in small increments. What baby steps have you taken?