Toilet paper is one of those things that most people don’t really discuss. Everybody buys it. Certainly everyone uses it. But, except for its price, not much else is actually said. However, there are noticeable differences between brands. Some of the differences have to do with the quality, feel or function of the paper. Others have to do with size, value and materials. For some, the entire issue falls into the category of environmental issues, and this is one place where much discussion takes place.
Manufacturers are working toward providing toilet paper that consumes less natural resources, doesn’t impact the environment as much once it is used, and uses much less energy in the manufacturing process. These are big ticket items in terms of cost and public perception. Ultimately, the goals of making paper that is comfortable yet natural and doesn’t cost a fortune are essential to many companies.
10. Scott Naturals Tube-Free Bath Tissue, 32 Count
Scott has introduced its long awaited tube free toilet paper rolls. The company seeks to reduce waste by removing the cardboard inside the rolls. Since the toilet paper is about 40% recycled already, this is another good move toward sustaining a greener manufacturing environment. Most customers loyal to this company are very excited to see this new development.
9. Green Forest Unscented Bathroom Tissue
This is a premium product made without chlorine and fragrance. It is 100% recycled paper, but it is fairly soft to the touch. Most customers view this as a fairly economical brand of environmentally aware toilet paper. Many of them are very loyal to this brand. It is hypoallergenic with 90% post-consumer recycled content, which encourages those who use it to live in a manner that is conscious of preserving the environment.
8. Scott 1000 35532 Bath Tissue, One-Ply, 1000 Sheet Rolls (27 Count)
Scott thousand sheet, one ply toilet paper has been a household item for many years. It is a basic, no frills paper that is economical to use. It is not soft as other premium brands are, but it works just fine, as the majority of consumers who posted reviews remarked. It is a white color, and is often purchased by people who use it in their boats or RVs. It disintegrates very quickly, so it is less likely to plug plumbing. Recent upgrades in this company include removing the inner cardboard cores for all of their bath tissue products. But, this particular item still has the cores inside each roll.
7. Marcal Small Steps 100% Premium Recycled 2-Ply Embossed Toilet Tissue
The goal of this company is to produce a viable toilet paper made of 60% post-consumer content so that consumers can use a well-made, yet environmentally safer product. Their name speaks to customers about making small changes in consumption so that the environment will benefit. Using one roll of environmentally aware toilet paper is one way to help the earth. It is made in the USA without dyes, fragrances or bleach. Most customer reviews have recommended it for its earth-friendly attributes.
6. Seventh Generation Bathroom Tissue
Over 200 buyers reviewed this product. They are either thrilled with the product or annoyed because it is not completely free of plastic packaging anymore. This company has developed a reputation for going green. They have worked to reduce use of harmful chemicals and materials in all their home care products, and this paper is one example of that focus. It is made of 100% recycled materials and uses no fragrances, dyes or inks. It is a good choice for low flow toilets and septic systems. One notable feature is that it is hypoallergenic.
5. Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper, Double Roll
This version of the Cottonelle line focuses on cleaning with softness. It is branded as different from the company’s Ultra Comfort Care, but the technology it advertises is basically the same. The texture is supposed to provide extra help with keeping tidy. This product is marketed in tandem with the company’s flushable cleansing cloths, so it may be that this paper is significantly less soft and effective than the other version the company makes.
4. Georgia-Pacific Envision White Embossed Bathroom Tissue
This product is made of recycled paper. The case of 80 rolls meets the needs of the commercial sector. Though it is made with a minimum of twenty percent pre-consumer waste paper it is still white in color. Most of the 291 customer reviews were mixed. Some negative comments included its scratchy texture, the thin sheets and that it is not absorbent.
3. Cottonelle Ultra Comfort Care Toilet Paper
This is two ply paper, and will fit a standard toilet paper dispenser. It is designed with little ripples in it’s surface that are said to aid cleaning, while remaining soft to the touch. Over 1,300 customers reviewed this product. Of those who complained, their dissatisfaction was due to the smaller size of the rolls. Apparently many have purchased the same product elsewhere but ended up with much more on each roll.
2. Angel Soft, Double Rolls, 48 Counts
This product is two layers of paper. It is unscented and safe to use in septic systems. It is flushable. With over 2,700 reviews, most were positive. Some pros included the fast delivery of the product, that it works well and is a good value. The cons included the very small rolls and that a few shipments smelled strange. Most people felt it did the job it was intended to do.
1. Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue, 48 Double Rolls
Over 4,500 customers have reviewed this premium product. It is constructed with three layers to be extra soft. It is safe to use with septic systems and it is flushable as well. It is also unscented. This is the Number 1 Best Seller in Health and Personal Care items. The problem with many of the reviews is that customers either felt that they got a great deal with a fine product, or they were some of those who felt that the quality was not the same as when they purchased the same item via another vendor.
Because toilet paper use is such a private issue, consumers must depend on the companies that make these products to determine what is important. Many manufacturers have moved toward paper designs that are not scented, dyed in pastel colors or bleached to remove natural colors. It is true that some of the richest countries in the world have enjoyed premium toilet paper while other less wealthy countries have used rough and ugly paper. Environmentalists are teaching every country that everyone must learn to make do with the paper that will be best for the world, even if it may not be as comfortable or pretty as it used to be.