Charmin’s Top List of Toilet Papers Destroying Sensitive Forests

Rolls of Charmin toilet paper on display at a Target store in Queens NYC, July 2022.

Rolls of Charmin toilet paper on display at a Target store in Queens NYC, July 2022.
picture: Anthony Behar / CIPA USA (AP)

Major household brands ensure we flush out an important toilet climatic resource. The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a file tissue problem Report and scorecard, assessing the sustainability (or unsustainability) of toilet paper, facial tissue and paper towel producers. Procter & Gamble, the largest manufacturer of toilet paper in the United States, has received F Products directly for its tissue and paper brands, which include Charmin, Bounty and Puffs.

P&G uses pulp sourced from Canadian boreal forests, a critical climatic ecosystem located just below the Arctic Circle. It creates a ring of green around the northern hemisphere, and is important to the Canadian economy and ecosystems. Like an old growing forest, It stores about 30% of all terrestrial carbon, According to the NRDC. Since other important forests such as the Amazon rainforest are logged, making it difficult for those ecosystems carbon storagepreserve the boreal forests that are found across Canada, Alaska, and Russia More important than ever. The Natural Resources Defense Council says about 1 million acres of Canadian boreal forests are cut down each year to make toilet paper.

“Lagging industry companies like P&G are feeding a tree-to-toilet pipeline that is clearing some of the world’s most environmentally critical—and threatened—forests,” Jennifer Skene, NRDC’s director of natural climate solutions policy, said in an online statement. “Turning it into toilet paper is a climate crime, especially when it’s being done by the same companies that desperately need to step up protecting our future.”

Other major brands in the US, including Kimberly-Clark and Georgia-Pacific, also have F grades on many of their flags.bran hipds, including Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, Scott 1000 and Cottonelle Ultra. Like P&G, both brands use fibers almost exclusively its source old growth forests.

These large companies continue to rely on unsustainable production practices, but other companies are doing so fetch more Fabrics on the market that use less environmentally harmful materials. Brands Seventh Generation and Who Gives a Crap, for example, They got an A on sustainably sourced toilet paper. Trader Joe’s toilet paper has an A+ rating. Brands using recycled materials were more likely to score higher; Toilet paper made from recycled materials has about a third of the carbon footprint of toilet paper made from trees, according to the NRDC.

The NRDC noted that more brands are sourcing materials from bamboo, which the organization says points to a growing market for alternative fibers as consumers ask for more sustainable options. 34 of the products on the scorecard that received a B or B+ rating were made from 100% bamboo fibers. “[Bamboo] It has a smaller environmental footprint than virgin forest fibers but a larger footprint than recycled fibers and some agricultural waste such as wheat straw,” NRDC Books.

According to the NRDC, there may be a glimmer of progress from P&G. The brand sells Charmin Ultra Eco online, which is made from 100% bamboo. It’s a small step in the right direction, at least.