The Truth Behind Paper Wrappers, Recycled Papers, and Biodegradable Plastics
Regarding Individual Wrappers
After careful consideration, we chose not to make use of individual wrappers for our products. We know they look beautiful, are recyclable, and help to protect against dust and moisture, but it conflicts with one of our core missions to reduce waste. We have to be mindful of every piece of Earth’s resource. One-time use paper packaging is not as green as you think.* Most of our customers are just ordering toilet paper into their house, where it is most likely going to be a mild environment. We recommend storing your rolls in a cool, dry place in your home. Please feel free to contact us if you want something different!
Second Thoughts on Recycled Papers
Recycled paper products come with concerns about traces of BPA, a proposed endocrine disruptor that has been banned in baby bottles in Canada and the European Union.* This prevalent industrial chemical continues to circulate in the recycling system through thermal papers such as receipts, carbon copy papers, and newspaper ink. Recycled wood pulp fibres consist of shorter fibre strands, thus making the end product structurally weaker. We chose not to make recycled paper bathroom tissues because we did not want anyone to risk repeat exposure to potentially harmful BPA on their sensitive skin.
…and Recycled and Biodegradable Plastics*
Our world has come to rely heavily on plastic. Their biggest environmental problem is that they do not decompose like organic compounds, but instead break down into smaller pieces called micro-plastics. For this we are glad that plastics can be and are being recycled, but proper recycling practice has to be accomplished. But like how recycled papers are weaker, recycled plastics are also structurally weaker than virgin plastics and it becomes weaker the more times it recycles. In order for something like a plastic bag to have the strength to hold items inside it, some virgin plastic must still be incorporated. We entertained the idea of using biodegradable plastics in our packaging for the recycled materials and lighter weight. The truth is—biodegradable plastics (PLA, D2W) do not degrade in typical landfill environments and when they do, they emit greenhouse gases and still end up becoming micro-plastics that can be fatal to marine life. They cannot be recycled and must also be made from scratch with virgin materials.
Paper vs. Plastic: