Who gives a crap has no idea who we are.
After reading about supply chain shortages, I did some impulse buying late one night. Because I’m weird, this impulse buying ended up being Bougie toilet paper from an online company. It turns out that buying toilet paper is a pretty common response to reading articles about supply chain concerns, but most people stock up on their regular brand! My reasoning was that if we had long-term supply shortages that affected toilet paper, we wouldn’t really know when they would happen and we’d use up the nice toilet paper, but we’d keep bad quality toilet paper around without using it until we had to. (And indeed, there is still some very bad quality pandemic toilet paper in the guest bathroom.)
I did read a lot of reviews about Who Gives a Crap online, but most of them were sponsored and spent 3/4 of the review talking about how terrible toilet paper is for the environment and how recycled toilet paper is better. There was maybe a single line talking about the toilet paper itself. (Usually, “it’s ok, but don’t expect Cottonelle.”) Then some gushing about how cute the wrapping paper is.
If you really want to help the environment, call your elected officials and lobby them to encourage regulation on companies. Contact companies and tell them to do better. Buying things to help the environment is usually not going to have that big an impact, especially compared to legislative change. That said, if you really do want to help reduce turning old growth forests into tp sewage through your own actions, then get a bidet so that you use even less to and if you want to go hardcore, use family cloth instead of tp.
The wrapping paper is cute. It is true.
It would probably be even cuter if it didn’t have the “who gives a crap” decal printed on the center.
So… reviewing. After hearing people say that it was worse than 7th generation recycled, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we didn’t think the recycled paper (not an affiliate link) was worse than 7th generation. I would even argue it’s a little bit better than 7th generation. It’s definitely rough, but it’s also triple ply, not double ply like 7th generation which makes it a bit sturdier. If you get it wet enough (say with a big sneeze because you haven’t taken Zyrtec yet), it does tear, but it doesn’t tear with normal wiping. It’s also waaay better than Angel Soft which was our least favorite tp in testing. I’d say probably on a par with Trader Joe’s brand. Also of note: there is no pilling, which is my least favorite aspect of some toilet papers. Cost at this time is $1/roll (double roll) with free shipping.
The bamboo toilet paper (not sponsored) was surprisingly decent. It’s a tiny bit softer than the regular (but not as soft as Quilted Northern) and sturdier– it does not tear even with the biggest sneezes. Again, there’s no pilling, which is good. I wouldn’t swap out this tp for a soft kleenex, but there are facial tissues out there that this is softer than. This is $1.08/roll (double roll) at this time. (If my calculations are correct, this is about 2x the price per sq ft of Quilted Northern Ultra Plush from my local grocery store.)
DH said he wouldn’t mind having the bamboo tp on a regular basis so I moved it from the guest bathroom to ours. We have plenty of the colorfully wrapped bougie recycled tp to use in an emergency.
Would I recommend getting this? No, not unless you really like the outside wrappings or have trouble buying tp at the store. I don’t know what the environmental aspects of bamboo tp are compared to wood (obviously bamboo is a weed and old growth forests take a long time to be replaced, but in terms of energy and water, I don’t know), but the bamboo tp is reasonably nice– probably better than what you have at work. If you were to buy from this company for reasons unrelated to the environment I’d spend the extra 8 cents per roll for bamboo.
Again, if the environment is your main concern, a squirt of water is going to be better than any paper.
How do you choose toilet paper? Have you tried any online brands?