Monday, November 1, 2010

Trying Recycled Toilet Paper, Take Two

For my July One Small Change , I switched from regular toilet paper made from cutting down a living tree to toilet paper made with 100% recycled paper content (from the paper you but in your recycling bin you sillies, not from used toilet paper – ew!)

We hate it.

A lot.

Which is saying something because as a family we’re just not that picky about the softness of our TP. The Evergreen recycled content toilet paper has the softness and cushiness and absorbency of your typical porta potty toilet paper (IF there’s actually paper in the potty, or does that only happen to me?) Once the last box of Evergreen is empty (which I stupidly stocked up on when it went on after Earth Day mega sale) five months into our recycled content toilet paper experiment, we’re ready to throw in the towel, make a formal apology to the polar bears at our local zoo, and go back to our chop down trees softer store brand of toilet paper.

Then White Cloud came a calling. Would we be interested in doing a blind test of White Cloud Green Earth toilet paper made from 100% recycled fiber? Well, they already have a couple of tough customers given our experience with another brand of 100% recycled content toilet paper, but what’s the worst that could happen? At best, we find a brand of toilet paper we like that will allow us to save trees. At worst, we find that it is just like the sandpaper like stuff we’re using now and I am forced to sleep on the front porch as punishment.

White Cloud sent us a box with two rolls of toilet paper marked A and B. We are supposed to use the rolls for a week. At the end of the tushie testing period, White Cloud will tell us which roll is the White Cloud Green Earth.

When I first opened the box, I see that Roll A is noticeably smaller than Roll B. Both are two ply and both had a bit of quilting although I don’t know if quilting is more for show than actually adding something to the toilet paper because both were fairly soft.

Roll B is noticeably thicker. It is also much softer than Roll A. Roll B is the more absorbent of two. Quite honestly, I’m drawn to Roll B because it’s more like my regular brand of cut down virgin trees for toilet paper. I had a hard time trying to give Roll A a fair chance because at first glance it looks like the Evergreen toilet paper I hate, with the exception of Roll A has two thin layers instead of one and Roll A doesn’t feel like sandpaper.

I can’t believe that I’m so superficial that I prefer Roll B over Roll A by more than I care to admit. I really began to miss my old soft smack a polar bear in the head brand of toilet paper after using Roll B and enjoying it immensely.

I also took it as a sign that I need to get out more if using soft TP is one of the highlights of my day.

Later this week, White Cloud will reveal which paper is the White Cloud Green Earth. I hope it is Roll B because I like it better but I have a sneaking suspicion that it is Roll A. Based on my previous experience with recycled content toilet paper, it just is not as nice as the regular kill a tree type of stuff.

What do you think? 

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