How Can We Stop Global Warming At Home: Buying Paper

There are literally hundreds of ways in which we can help stop global warming- the hard part is committing yourself to making the change. The good news is that many of the changes that you can make are pretty easy; it just involves changing some small details in your daily routine. And once you’ve made these changes, you can learn other ways to help prevent global warming.

How Recycled Paper
Reduces Global Warming

If you want to help stop global warming, then you should become aware of where your paper comes from. Think about the paper towels in your kitchen, the Kleenex on your table or the toilet paper in your bathroom. According to Laurie David in her book Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!, many of the everyday tissue paper products you use, like toilet paper, come from 100 to 150 year old virgin forests in Northern Canada.[1] When virgin forests are cut down to supply our paper needs, they can no longer help absorb the greenhouse gases which are warming our planet.

When you make this essential change you are reducing your carbon footprint more than you realize. As David notes, “If every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin toilet paper with one recycled post-consumer waste roll, 424,000 trees would still be standing.” The problem is that most brand name tissue papers – Kleenex, Scott, Angel Soft, Cottonelle, Bounty, Brawny, Puffs, Charmin – have zero recycled fibers in their products.[2]

You Can Help:
Use Your Buying Power

This means that it is your duty to make the change and actively seek out products which use recycled material.; Not only will you help prevent global warming, you will also save money. Value tissues are often less expensive – not because their products have less quality, but because value brands do not spend millions of dollars on advertisements, such as Charmin’s 2007 Super Bowl ad.

This change depends on you to make a difference. Currently, there are no government policies which dictate the composition of tissue papers in the United States. Furthermore, a mandate which would require producers to include recycled or post-consumer materials in their products is unlikely to occur in the near future. This means that if you want major brands to stop wasting trees then you must hit them in their pocket books and buy your toilet paper elsewhere.

You probably don’t realize that there are so many recycled paper options available. The following is a list of toilet paper brands which you can buy for your home which will reduce the number of virgin trees that are cut down, helping prevent climate change. These brands are made out of either 100% recycled material or a high percentage of post-consumer material:

365 Everyday Value, April Soft, Best Value, Cascades, Colortex, Doucelle, Earth Friendly Products, Fiesta, Green Forest, Marcal, Mr. Jumbo, Natural Value, Pert, Planet, Seventh Generation Recylced Bathroom Tissue Papericon, Soft’N’ Fluffy, Trader Joe’s, Ultra Val-U and Velvet.[3]

You can create a hopeful future by taking this positive step. But don’t stop there! There are many other ways to stop global warming. Want to find out how?


[1] Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!


[3] ibid

Author: Brown, Nathan. A Cooler Climate, 2008.

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