How Toilet Paper is Made Matters to Your Health and the Environment

Many of us wouldn’t give a second thought as to what our toilet paper is made of. Paper, right? How bad could it be? Well, you’d be surprised to know that in order to make toilet paper, many other processing chemicals are required.

How toilet paper is made looks a little like this

  1. Hardwood and softwood trees are debarked and chipped into small pieces.
  2. These pieces are then mixed with harsh chemical sulphates and starches to turn it into pulp fibre.
  3. The pulp fibre is then treated with chlorine dioxide to remove the colour and whiten it.

If you’re a woman, this is especially concerning. Nasty chemicals within toilet paper have been proven to cause vulva irritation, as well as work their way directly into your bloodstream to cause systemic health issues.

Aside from ingesting something, our hoo-ha’s are the second most absorbent area of our bodies.

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Environmental concerns of toilet paper production

Whilst processing chemicals used during the manufacturing process of toilet paper are bad for our health, they are equally as detrimental to the environment. Pulp and paper mills that use virgin timber are major generators of hazardous air pollutants, including dioxins and other cancer-causing chemicals.

Paper production is the 3rd largest polluter and responsible for disrupting the largest carbon sink we have in the world – the Canadian Boreal Forest.

To combat the environmental impact, many people opt for toilet paper manufactured from recycled material. However, in most cases this requires the pulp fibre to be processed with even more chemical additives than virgin toilet paper.

But there is a solution. With more people paying attention to both the safety of product production and effects each have on the environment, economical and sustainable options are emerging.

If everyone in Australia who wipes their ‘cheeks’ swapped to a sustainable toilet paper like bamboo, we would save over 3 million trees per year.

Eco Cheeks Bamboo toilet paper is a safe, sustainable toilet paper option.

This beautiful company is Australian owned, with values that align perfectly with Low Tox Movement. They have created a product that is safe for our bodies and good for our planet. Their toilet paper is made from 100% bamboo which means it is sustainable and biodegradable, as well as soft and strong. It is manufactured without using bleach, formaldehyde, BPA, fragrances, inks, dyes or plastics!

Avoid the shops, and have it safely delivered to your door. Use code LTM10 for a discount and start treating your hoo-ha’s with some love!

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