One of the first things we changed on our journey to a plastic-free life was our toilet roll brand.
We previously bought Tesco own brand Luxury Soft Eco loo roll. The loo rolls themselves are 100% recycled paper ... but they are wrapped in ... yet more plastic!
We searched online and found a company called "Who Gives a Crap", who I'll now refer to WGC (because I'm too lazy to keep typing their name out in full lol).
WGC wrap their loo rolls individually in paper (so, they're totally plastic free).
I compared the two brands (prices checked today, 14th November 2019).
Tesco 17p per 100 sheets, WGC 18.8p (or let's call it 19p) per 100 sheets (or, 0.0002p more expensive for every square)
Tesco have 200 sheets per roll, WGC have 400 sheets.
Tesco squares are 10.2 x 12.5 cm and WGC are 10 cm x 10 cm.
Tesco is 2 ply and WGC is 3 ply.
WGC states that their toilet paper is made from 100% environmentally friendly recycled books and office paper. No dyes, perfume or inks.
50% of their profits are used to build toilets for those in need. To date (Nov 2019) they've donated the equivalent of £1,400,000 to this end.
Undecided, I asked for a trial box, as although I wanted plastic free loo rolls, I didn't want to be wiping my bum with cardboard 😕
The box (and it's contents lol) were free, I just had to cover the postage which was £3 (on the 3rd of October 2019).
The trial box arrived on the 8th of October, delivered by Yodel. I received an email from Yodel on the 7th, confirming the delivery date. The trial box contained 3 rolls of loo paper, a roll of kitchen towels and a box of "facial tissues" (or, snot rags lol).
The 3 ply facial tissues were very soft and strong (made from 100% bamboo). Each box has 65 tissues. The tissues measure 19.5cm x 21.5cm, We liked them ... but I haven't purchased more as they had a small amount of plastic where the tissues are pulled from.
The Kitchen roll was surprisingly sturdy. We were impressed by it. It's 2 ply and made from a blend of bamboo and sugar cane. Each roll has 120 sheets. Sheets are 22.8 x 22.8 cm square.
The loo rolls converted us immediately. Each one is individually wrapped in pretty paper. They are large and tightly wound. Too many rolls we've purchased in the past have looked big but then we've found that they've been loosely wound to give the impression of being bigger than they are.
The loo paper isn't as soft as the Tesco brand but it is still soft. Not the cardboard I half expected.
What struck us is how strong the paper is. The strength difference between both brands was immediately obvious. We've found that we're using less loo roll, because it is stronger.
Converted, we've decided to keep our subscription and have since received our first full size box. The number of loo rolls received can quickly and easily be changed online.
On the 22nd of October we received an email asking us if any adjustments needed making to our subscription (that would be delivered in 3 days time). On the 24th we received an invoice confirming despatch from WGC and another from Yodel, that provided a tracking link. The parcel arrived on the 25th of October.
The only downside we've seen is that buying toilet paper in bulk every couple of months may be difficult for people who don't have much storage space in their homes. The plus side is that you have a regular supply and it's usually free delivery.
And, it's guilt free. No plastic. Plus donations to charity. I can wipe my bum with a clear conscience 🙂
We've therefore been impressed with the company as a whole, the quality and price of their products ... and the efficient delivery. We will continue to use them.
I would however, make one point. The boxes that the deliveries are made in are not for the easily embarrassed ('though they've given us a giggle) lol:
I read on https://www.recyclingbins.co.uk/ that:
Paper is one of the most recycled materials in the UK.
Recycling paper creates 73% less air pollution and 70% less energy than creating new paper from raw materials.
We use 12.5 million tonnes of paper every year in the UK, which equates to a forest the size of Wales.
Taken from the Who Gives a Crap Website https://uk.whogivesacrap.org/pages/our-impact
" We think toilets are pretty funny, but we started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.3 billion people (roughly 40% of the world’s population) don’t have access to a toilet. Unfortunately that’s not very funny. Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes. Luckily, toilets are proven to be a great solution—they provide dignity, health and an improved quality of life. And in case that wasn’t enough, it’s been shown that a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity. Toilets are magical!"
"To do our part, we donate half of our profits to non-profit organisations working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries. We’ve donated to WaterAid Australia, Sanergy, Shining Hope For Communities and Lwala Community Alliance — incredible organisations with deep experience and skill in implementing high impact sanitation projects throughout the developing world. To date, we’ve donated $2.5m Aussie dollars (that’s the equivalent of a little over £1,400,000!) which is enough to help tens of thousands of people in need, and we’re just getting started!"
"Ever wonder what we do with the 50% of our profits we don’t donate? We’re buying an island! Just kidding. The more our business grows, the more we can donate and the more impact we can have. That’s why we invest almost all of the other 50% into growing the company. We plan to open more distribution centres, hire more talented people, develop new products and find more innovative ways to improve our existing ones – all to make sure we’re around to see the day everyone in the world has a toilet. On top of growing our business, it’s incredibly important for us to prove our profit-for-purpose business model can work. The more people see this, the more social enterprises like ours can get off the ground and do great things!"