Is Your Toilet Paper Destroying Forests?

fsc logoNext time you are buying toilet paper, or any paper product for that matter, check for this little logo somewhere on the packaging. The FSC logo tells you that the wood used to make that paper comes from well-managed forests and is traceable to source.

Too many forests around the world, particularly in the Congo and Indonesia, are still being devastated by illegal logging. There’s not a lot we can do about it directly, but we can choose the products we buy just a little bit more carefully, so that suppliers are encouraged to use wood from sustainable, well-managed sources rather than supporting the illegal timber industry.

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international organisation whose vision is to see that “The world’s forests meet the social, ecological, and economic rights and needs of the present generation without compromising those of future generations.” It started in 1993 and has made great strides in its campaign, but there is still a long way to go. If we consumers become more aware of what we are buying, that can only help.

I have to admit to being too slapdash in my shopping sometimes and going for the special offer rather than checking for logos. When surveying the empty packets around my house, I found that two out of three toilet paper brands I’d bought in the last few months did not have this logo. From now on I’ll be sticking to the brand with the puppy… or else looking out for a more eco-friendly recycled paper alternative!

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