Who gives a crap toilet paper review

The cupboard in the children’s bathroom now (they were almost out of tp).

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.

Colorful wrappings on the recycled paper toilet paper

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.

Premium bamboo toilet paper comes in sophisticated black and white wrappings.

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.)

On the top: the recycled paper. On the bottom: the bamboo paper.

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.

To the far right on the bottom are Quilted Northern Ultra Plush 4x Mega rolls.

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?

20 Responses to “Who gives a crap toilet paper review”

  1. Omdg Says:

    I have always used Scott tp. I have no idea if it is good, but it is what I grew up with. It is not soft, but it’s just the worst when the soft tp sticks to your butt. Haha. I assume Scott is middle of the road, but I could be wrong.

  2. Leah Says:

    We use Who Gives a Crap or Trader Joe’s recycled TP. While I know my actions are minimal, I just can’t stomach buying tp made from fresh cut trees. I’d try a bidet, but our enthusiastic explorer four year old would not be a good combo with a mini bathroom fountain. And my husband won’t do family cloth.

    My verdict is that it’s fine. It’s not super cushiony, but that’s okay. I do find I use more than I’d use if we had something like cottonelle.

  3. Chelsea Says:

    Although we are on city sewer, our house plumbing is *very* touchy, so we only use Scott septic safe brand. It is not luxurious. We would probably be good candidates for a bidet, but I’m not bidet-ing my children until they learn to do it on their own, lol.

  4. Alice Says:

    We’re on well and septic and use the septic safe Costco brand. I think for us, toilet paper is in the category of things that I’ll buy in person unless there’s no in-person option. Mostly because of the boxes–the bigger shipping boxes are such a nuisance to fit into the recycling bin.

  5. bogart Says:

    I buy Costco store brand and don’t think about it much. I like your approach to having some on hand if needed, reminds me of the backpackers who claim they store a few packs of squishy dog food in the bottom of their bags — not desirable to eat, safe to eat in an emergency.

    I don’t buy in person, we’ve moved over to Instacart. I tip generously and don’t really approve of the business but am very happy not to set foot in Costco (or any grocery store, honestly) ever again as long as I live. My DH disagrees on the ever-again angle and now goes to the local grocery store once a week first thing in the morning.

  6. mnitabach Says:

    For some reason, both my wife & I prefer the Scott 1000-sheet per roll single-ply. It’s thin & not soft, but sturdy & definitely no pilling or linting.

  7. Debbie M Says:

    How I choose toilet paper is by negotiating with roommates. We all talk about our minimum standards. Mine is: must not be perfumed. Other standards I have lived with: must not be dyed, must be two-ply. My mom uses Scott because her best friend taught her that it lasts much longer per roll than other toilet papers, even though you use way more square footage.

    I now get only recycled, and my current roommate insists on two-ply (I’m sure he’d be okay with bamboo three-ply). So I’ve been getting 7th Generation (or, I think, Green Forest) until just recently when my local coop got a no-name brand that is a bit cheaper and only slightly worse. I have never tried online brands, but your review makes me think who gives a crap might be good for me. I really like the lack of plastic. (Pilling? Ugh–that sounds vaguely familiar and not good, though it still beats accidentally using poison ivy, which, no, I have not done.) (Favorite sentence from your review: “Premium bamboo toilet paper comes in sophisticated black and white wrappings.” And I also hate when the reviewer doesn’t talk at all about what I’m wondering about.)

    I have never been to Japan and know very little about bidets except that there are cheap ones you can install after market and I probably should get one. (I do not understand where the water goes, if it can be aimed, how hard it squirts, how long it squirts, or how wide a swath it squirts, for example.)

    I’ve also never washed cloth diapers (my mom did that for my sister), so I’m a bit squicky about family cloth, though I’m sure I could be fine with it for #1, especially if I lived alone. However, I have done nothing toward either of these goals (bidet or family cloth). I do have home-made cloth hankies (the ones from old flannel shirts and pajamas are my favorite), so I’m practically there already on the family cloth. I am in a semi-arid place, so water strategies might not be as environmentally better here than elsewhere, but maybe they’re still better. This kind of research is quite tiring, and I wish we had experts in our government doing it and then making good laws. So, yes, Five Calls would be a good plan.

  8. EB Says:

    This is nbot about “what kind?” but rather about “how to use.” I found it helpful to indoctrinate everyone in this household to the effect that you don’t need as many sheets as you have been using. Particularly one daughter who just ripped ten or twelve sheets off the roll every time. Sort of the “reduce” part of “reduce, re-use, recycle.”


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