According to the Australian Conservation Foundation, every tonne of recycled paper saves 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity, four cubic meters of landfill and 31,380 litres of water. Only five per cent of the toilet paper we dispose of in Australia is made from recycled paper. The rest is untreated fibre from plantations or native forest trees.
Globally, the equivalent of nearly 270,000 trees is washed or disposed of every day, and about 10% of that is due to Premium 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper.
This is not an environmental statement in the truest sense, but more of a benefit to the sewage system. They also explain that "it's not a good differentiator because any toilet paper made from plant fibres will break down.
Bleaching refers to the process used to bleach (duh) toilet paper. Many packages claim to be "chlorine-free bleach" – but make no mistake, this process still involves chlorine. The most sustainable option is unbleached toilet paper.
It's hard to find TP packaging that doesn't have the recycling symbol on it – usually with the number four and sometimes "LDPE" (low-density polyethylene) underneath. Make no mistake and accept that the packaging is recyclable.
PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – bottles for soft drinks and fruit juices – HDPE (high-density polyethylene) – bottles for milk or shampoo containers – PVC (polyvinyl chloride or plasticized polyvinyl chloride) – bottles for beverages, juices or squeeze bottles. and check if LDPE is accepted in your area. The study found that the only toilet paper packaging that was practically recyclable was the one wrapped in paper.