Toilet paper environmental impact

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Kilometers of toilet paper used

Worldwide, this year

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Kilometers of toilet paper used

Worldwide, this year

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Like all products, toilet paper has...
an environmental impact. You can see some of impacts here and why it makes a difference to buy the recycled ones.

Top 3 facts about toilet paper

1

We use a lot of it

The toilet paper we use could go around the planet every 2 minutes, or travel to the sun and back every 10 days. It would cover an area more than twice the size of France every year.


2

Toilet paper is not just toilet paper

The difference between using new toilet paper and toilet paper made from recycled materials is 400 million trees, 660 million tons of water, and 45 million tons of oil. Recycled toilet paper and home tissue products are widely available.


3

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Have a look at the Story of Stuff video below. It's a great depiction about how we are using up natural resources and trashing the Earth.



Toilet paper

A very rough estimation based on the following calculations: In 2004 about 24.6 million tons of toilet pater was produced. An average roll weighs about 227 grams and contains about 1000 sheets of paper with a size of 10 x 12 cm. This gives a total of about 108 billion rolls and about 13 billion kilometers of toilet paper with and area of about 1.3 million square kilometers.


We use a lot of it

Toilet paper is not just toilet paper

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The Story of Stuff

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