Last month, I decided to buy toilet paper in bulk. Initially, I got really REALLY excited by this company, Who Gives a Crap. because a) it’s toilet paper in bulk, b) they donate 50% (DID YOU HEAR THAT? 50 FREAKING PERCENT) of their profits to WaterAid, a nonprofit that is “improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest communities” (WaterAid), c) their IndieGoGo video was hilarious and adorable (spoiler: one of their founders pledged to sit on a toilet until the money they were requesting was raised.) In 50 hours, they had raised over $50,000. Oh, and d) this might be shameless plug; a family friend’s son works for them. This doesn’t make them any less awesome, however.
Unfortunately, Who Gives a Crap only delivers to Australia. So…I had to find another source of bulk toilet paper.
Enter bulk delivery from amazon.com of Seventh Generation’s 100% recycled toilet paper. I couldn’t find the non-bleached tp in bulk/plastic-free, but I’ll take what I can get. The problem with bulk items and apartment living is that you suddenly have less space. And given the fact that, for some reason, I got shipped two boxes instead of one (shhhh; I wasn’t charged for the second one, so I’m not complaining), I had a lot less space. 120 rolls of toilet paper. I’ll never have to buy tp again.
As a gal who grew up on Charmin, this stuff is a rougher, feels less absorbant and thus is less than ideal for bum-wiping AND nose-blowing, but I’ve gotten used to it, honestly. And no one’s complaining about running out of toilet paper, which is great. I’m definitely going to keep up with this waste-free, plastic-free change. (Except there’s the packing tape, so not 100% waste-free!) If I really wanted my bodily waste routine to be zero waste, I might have to get a composting toilet. But I’m just not into that…yet?!