Worldwide, more than 184 million rolls of toilet paper are used each year. If each roll was unraveled and laid end to end, it would cover about 13 billion miles (22 billion kilometers)–that’s almost 74 round trips to the sun. To produce this much t.p. takes 712 million trees.
But trees aren’t the only way to make toilet paper.
Enter Who Gives A Crap, an Australian company that uses renewable bamboo to make toilet paper and other paper products. They also donate 50% of their profits to build toilets and establish access to clean water for those most in need.
We at The Carbon Almanac applaud the efforts of Who Gives a Crap for two reasons:
- Using bamboo (a grass) for paper products keeps trees in place. Trees capture up to twice as much carbon as bamboo.
- Extreme weather patterns such as droughts and floods can negatively impact sanitation in places without solid infrastructure, according to the World Health Organization.
You could say something like this:
@WhoGivesACrapTP? Thank you for proving that we don’t need to use carbon-capturing trees to wipe–fast growing bamboo does the job just as well. And thank you for providing sanitation to people highly impacted by climate change.
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