Recycled Toilet Paper vs Virgin: Fox News Can't Tell


100% Recycled TP Wins in Blind Fox News Test
My post earlier this week about the soft vs recycled toilet paper controversy stirred up some passionate discussion - it seems people really care about what they wipe their butts with. In fact, Greenpeace's newly launched guide to sustainable tissue and toilet tissue has getting attention from all kinds of media outlets. Check out, for example, what happened when Fox News' Bill Hemmer tried a blind test (with hands only!) to determine the difference between 100% recycled and 'ultra soft' charmin.'Did I blow it?' asks Bill, after falsely identifying the recycled paper as the virgin fiber roll - in fact, he seems mighty upset at the result, and asks to take the test again. Meanwhile co-host, Megyn, says that she can tell the difference - though of course she knows which is which to start with. Could prejudice be coming into play? Here's Greenpeace's take on it all:

No, Bill, you didn't blow it. But brands like Charmin and Cottonelle are blowing it when they destroy ancient forests to make disposable tissue products that are used once and then thrown away. Greenpeace's "Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide" is a credit card-sized shopping guide that helps consumers find the greenest household paper products. In it, Greenpeace gives a thumbs up to brands Green Forest, Natural Value and Seventh Generation, while recommending that shoppers avoid products like Kleenex, Cottonelle, Viva, and Charmin.

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Tags: Forestry | Recycled Consumer Goods | Toilets | United States

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