Make a Simple Change to Save the Environment

The devastating impact of Toilet Paper and Hand Towels on the Environment

Blog post on 14/09/2018 under

We’re amazed that most paper products like paper towels and toilet tissue are still made from virgin old growth rainforest – 98% of all toilet paper in the US market is made from virgin trees. The pulp from one eucalyptus tree, a commonly used species, produces roughly 1,000 rolls of toilet tissue. The average person uses an average of 23.6 rolls each per year. That’s a whopping 588,593 trees being felled per year to wipe our butts. And it’s not much better with paper towels – each tree makes 25,000 single use paper towels, and each person uses roughly 18kgs worth a year. This equates to cutting down 79,809 trees a year to dry our hands.

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Human paper habits are having a devastating effect on the environment.  Toilet tissue alone counts for approximately 15% of all the worlds deforestation.  Our need to use a product that has a lifespan of 3 seconds is causing an immense amount of greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Studies show that a standard roll of 400 sheet toilet paper emits 720 grams of C02 emissions. That’s the equivalent gas emissions of driving a car 1.8 miles. It is scary stuff. Every single sheet of toilet paper or hand towel you use is having a negative effect on so many things – atmospheric pollution, deforestation and loss of habitat for fauna.

You can make a difference however, simply by switching to recycled paper products.  Across the products life cycle, recycled paper products have a far less ecological impact.  Recycled paper towels and toilet paper that are made from 100% post-consumer Australian waste requires 30% less energy to produce, and emits 60% less C02 emissions than a standard roll. It cuts wastewater use by roughly half, and most importantly does not contribute to deforestation. These rolls and towels also do not contain any artificial dyes, and do not come wrapped in plastic, which is the most damaging material on our environment.

The best thing is definitely being able to make a difference. You may think that you are one person, family or business which isn’t going to make a difference, however it definitely does. With the help of our awesome customers, we have provided 8533 Cartons of Recycled Toilet Paper and 2378 cartons of Hand Towels, resulting in:

  • Saving 705 Trees from being chopped down
  • Saving 170 tonnes of C02 Emissions
  • Saving over 20 Million litres of water

This awesome reduction in carbon emissions is equivalent to:

  • 4406 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
  • 5 passenger vehicles driven for 1 year

We are super proud of our positive impact on the environment and we could not have done it without our amazing clients. However we don’t want to stop here, we want to make an even BIGGER impact and increase the number of trees and carbon emissions saved. We’re also lowering the price of our fully recycled paper to encourage more people to make a positive change.

At Envirocare Systems, 100% of our paper products, including everything from paper hand towels, toilet tissue, facial tissues, paper cups and more are produced in Australia & New Zealand, supporting our economy and protecting international virgin old growth forest.

Get in Touch with us on 1300 557 987 or email to get wiping.