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Your Butt is Killing the Rainforest

Here's something for you to ponder the next time you're in the bathroom: American's love for soft toilet paper is ecologically hard on forests!

... fluffiness comes at a price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material, it is the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them.

Customers “demand soft and comfortable,” said James Malone, a spokesman for Georgia Pacific, the maker of Quilted Northern. “Recycled fiber cannot do it.” [...]

Though most of the pulp comes from tree farms, but not all:

Although brands differ, 25 percent to 50 percent of the pulp used to make toilet paper in this country comes from tree farms in South America and the United States. The rest, environmental groups say, comes mostly from old, second-growth forests that serve as important absorbers of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas linked to global warming. In addition, some of the pulp comes from the last virgin North American forests, which are an irreplaceable habitat for a variety of endangered species, environmental groups say.

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Not this environmental crap again. Ugh. I don't even want to go into why it's really not that big of a deal.

That said, I buy cheap tp. It's usually not that comfortable, but I don't really care.
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Toilet Paper for my ass but for which price ? Global warming is a real problem, even in our toilets ^^ WELL PLEASE DO NOT GO TO TOILET
A SIMPLE LIFE IS POSSIBLE, UNCOMFORTABLE BUT ECOFRIENDLY

Lol
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Of course this is all a crock of shit. Virtually all paper, toilet and otherwise, is made from trees that would never have been planted except as a crop to be harvested for paper production.

There are more acres of forest in North America today than there were before the white man arrived 500 years ago.
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As with everything on the internet, it's the greedy, selfish Americans fault. The more educated peoples of every other continent use the more environmentally friendly corn cobs - getting three or four uses per cob.
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Seventh Generation has a super soft 100% recycled toilet paper: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/Recycled-Toilet-Paper. It's really not that hard to save the planet, is it? Change your TP and invest in a bidet - get clean and get green.
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My butt just called the Blackberry girl and told her we really don't care what happens to the rainforest as long as our TP is soft.

//damn tv commercials, now my butt knows it can make calls on purpose.
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I'm calling crap on this t.p. story.

"..including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada."??? What percentage?? .00001??

Tree farms in South America and the United States specifically grow trees (fast growth trees, BTW) for producing this.

It doesn't help if you go overboard on the reporting, enviro-reporters. There's enough stories about environmental damage without going nuts about it.
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I think everyone already called crap on this story so I don't have to do it myself. Sorry, but no alarmist idiocy is going to guilt me into using an equivalent to sandpaper on my butt. Especially given that toilet paper comes from trees that are planted for that purpose.

And some of us Americans use both paper and bidet.
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who posted this crap... neatorama is not a place for this rubbish... its obviously not real, and people need to do some research! what happened to neatorama? i thought this was a place where bullsh*t stories like this don't surface
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This is like the idiots who think that buying a living Christmas tree is helping save the environment. THEY'RE GROWN ON FARMS TO BE HARVESTED YOU IDIOTS.
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So sorry mr. gore, but if it's my arse versus the planet, I'm going to have to go with my arse. The planet will just have to make due.

You soft headed little gits can spew all the eco-agitprop you want, but keep your d@mned grubby hands off my toilet paper, climate controls and food stuffs. I'm not interested in being proselyted by a bunch of gaia worshiping Ecohovah's Witnesses.
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Good lord, the above posters might need to consider upping their meds. Might be an idea to get reading glasses as well, since none of them apparently read the article which addresses every asinine point they tried to make.
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One thing this post proves: people are very possessive of their TP. Take away at your own risk.

I'm willing to make do with the harder paper. It's easier on the septic system and much cheaper.
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I don't see what's so wrong about the article. It's not saying you should use pine cones or anything. Since most people don't see fit to read the article before going on a rant, I'll summarize the main argument: making recycled toilet paper is more energy efficient than making them from trees and the non-bleached kind means less crap being dumped in the water. Both reasonable claims and hardly qualifies this as "eco-agitprop". I use a cheap 100% recycled TP and it's really not bad. Saves me money and my ass feels just fine.
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Yay! Let's all use recycled tp, and contribute to global warming even more!

News flash, recycling may make you feel good, but aside from keeping trash out of the landfills, it actually uses more energy to produce (poor quality) products than if you used virgin materials.

Pulp forests are fast growing and consume large quantities of carbon dioxide. And until they can be replaced by hemp fields, they're the best option for paper.

And stop whining about old growth forests, the damn hippies destroyed the timber industry in Oregon because of the spotted owl and its supposed old growth habitat. Old growth forests are full of rotting trees, thick under brush, and are disasters just waiting to be sparked off by a lighting strike or an inconsiderate tourist.
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"There are more acres of forest in North America today than there were before the white man arrived 500 years ago."

Goober, everyone is untitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.
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@Goober:
"There are more acres of forest in North America today than there were before the white man arrived 500 years ago."
Really? You may be right, but could you provide a source for that statement? Having seen the steady spread of development and urban sprwal over the last few decades I am sceptical.
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Stop cutting down our forests! Use the natural way, simply rub your ass directly on the tree.
It's enviro-friendly and stops local kids from climbing in your garden.
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Think of it this way: If someone threw shit in your face, what would you use to clean it? Smear it out with paper or wash it away with soap and water.

Attitudes have to change. Imagine if all of Asia started using whitened paper too.
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Complete horseshit.
Nobody uses old growth virgin timber to make paper. It's just too valuable. And half rotten.

Pulpwood is grown specifically to turn into paper.

If I want to squat, crap into a hole in the floor and hose my ass off I'll move to the third world.

Which is where we'll all be if these enviro-whackos have their way.
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Truly it is a big deal, unless you don't care if yer children's children might not have a planet, if more people cared then we might not be havin the problems that we are, hence earthquakes,valcanos,and everything else....
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