Flush your principles down the toilet

November 19, 2019 7:01 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Today is World Toilet Day – there can be no better time to think carefully about what goes on in the smallest room in the house! But no, this isn’t another of our blogs on high-fibre foods. Today, we’re thinking specifically about toilet problems worldwide. We’re thinking about the environment, in a global sense, and what gets flushed into it, and about what we can do in this country to make a difference.

Are you flushing your principles down the toilet this World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Day isn’t really about us at all: it’s an initiative that aims to improve sanitation in the poorest countries of the world. But we think we have a small role to play in that too. With poorer countries remaining poor partly because they bear the brunt of environmental degradation and climate change, we’d like to stop and think a bit about what those of us in richer countries can do to help. After all, everyone, rich or poor, has to use the toilet. But what is it that those of us in richer countries are flushing down it every day? Toilet roll? Toilet cleaner? Or…our environmental principles and credentials? Perhaps – someone else’s future?

On a roll

Let’s start with the basics. We all need toilet roll (even our medieval ancestors would keep a stack of leaves handy….). And while ‘recycled toilet roll’ used to be the butt (apologies) of a million jokes, it’s now such a standard shopping-basket item that it barely needs any introduction.

Frankly, there’s no point wasting trees on our backsides. Using recycled toilet roll prevents trees from being unnecessarily cut down, which, in its own small way, helps limit climate change. Recycled toilet roll can be bog-standard (sorry, once more) or luxury, but it will always have been produced with environmental sustainability firmly in mind. Here’s an explanation of how it all works, from https://www.canstarblue.com.au/home-garden/about-recycled-toilet-paper/:

“To make recycled toilet paper, large bales of recycled paper are put into a pulping machine at the toilet paper factory. The paper is mixed with lukewarm water to form a pulp before entering an ink-removing process.

To remove ink, the paper pulp is injected with air, making the ink rise to the top in a foam. This foam is then removed with a skimmer and the pulp is now ink-free.

Next, the water is squeezed out by passing the pulp through rollers. This dries it out and allows it to absorb bleaching chemicals to make the grey pulp clean and white. Before bleaching, revolving knives cut the pulp.

After bleaching, the pulp is spread on a flat screen that runs through a dryer. It dries into a delicate paper in less than a second, and is then rolled onto a large spool to be ready for embossing. Patterns are embossed on the paper to thicken it, which improves absorbency.”

At Naturally Good Food we sell Ecosoft recycled toilet roll in packs of 4 or 9 rolls. Is it eco? Is it soft? Yes, it is. Using much less water and energy to recycle than it does to make brand-new paper from brand-new timber, it also saves more trees from being cut down, increasing the capacity of our environment to absorb CO2 and create oxygen.

Speaking of forests….

Do you fancy a toilet that smells like a pine forest? Many people do – and that’s why Ecover produce a Pine Fresh toilet cleaner! At Naturally Good Food we also stock the Ecover Ocean Waves cleaner, the Technoswan cleaner and other types of toilet cleaners from BioD and Ecoleaf.

The one thing they all have in common is, again, environmental friendliness. These are cleaners made from natural, sustainably produced ingredients, that will clean your toilet without the need to flush environmentally damaging chemicals down the pan. With sustainability top of the list of ingredients, so to speak, packaging and processing practices are also as environmentally friendly as possible. Check out each company’s environmental mission statements here – and make your own choice:

Ecover

Ecoleaf

Bio D

Sanitary products

No-one should be flushing anything other than toilet roll and, ahem, natural waste down the toilet – but this seems as good a time as any to talk a little about our other natural ‘toilet’ products: our natural towels, pads, panty liners, tampons, incontinence and maternity pads. All of these come from the Natracare range. Let’s take a closer look at what they have to offer.

Natracare sanitary products

Natracare tampons are made from 100% organic cotton: in fact, they’re one of the few fully certified organic cotton tampons available in the world today. They are not bleached with chlorine and contain no synthetic materials (including rayon), or any chemical additives such as binders or surfactants.

Natracare towels, meanwhile, in a range of sizes, are made from chlorine-free pulp and are over 95% biodegradable and compostable.

Mooncup – a radical alternative?

While we’re on the subject, we also stock mooncups: reusable menstrual cups, made from soft medical-grade silicone. Being reusable, you only need one, thus saving you money – and the planet’s resources.

More importantly….

Stop reading this blog and click on the official World Toilet Day link here! This most human of functions unites us all, wherever we are in the world. Let’s use World Toilet Day to give us pause for thought – probably five or six times today – for what else unites us, and what we can do to make sure our common environmental heritage can be protected.

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