The dark side of toilet paper: Why wiping our butts is bad for the planet

By Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Anthony Morgan
CBC News
May 29, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

It’s something many of us do every day — wipe our butts! In this episode of The Nature of Things 101, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Anthony Morgan discover the dark side of toilet paper and what alternatives are out there. …In North America, toilet paper is king, but all that wiping is bad for the planet. It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, each person uses about 141 rolls of toilet paper per year — that’s a lot of paper made from a lot of trees. And it gets worse. The companies that produced almost 80 per cent of that toilet paper use virgin wood pulp (i.e. not recycled). Logging forests and turning them into disposable paper products removes important carbon stores from the environment, just so we can flush them down the toilet. But toilet paper isn’t the only option.

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