Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Who Gives a Crap?

This post was inspired by a discussion on Plastic Free Ripon's Facebook page ... a place I often find myself since becoming part of a similar group here in Harrogate.

It wasn't necessarily the fact that this toilet paper is plastic free that made me a return customer of Who Gives a Crap (although that's obviously a fabulous thing),
rather, it was their argument that I'd never have to carry toilet paper home from the grocery store anymore, which, when you do most of your shopping by bike or on foot, is quite a powerful sales point. 

Yes their toilet paper is also made from environmentally friendly materials and they donate 50% of their profits to charity to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world, 
but is it any good?

To be honest, I'm not too fussy. 
Quilted, cashmere-enriched toilet tissue with flower print was never my thing anyway, 
so anything that gets the job done in an environmentally friendly way is fine by me ... 
but since people asked:

Should you go for the Best Value recycled version or splurge on the Premium 100% bamboo toilet paper?

Both come individually wrapped (in recycled paper).
The Best Value is nice and colourful ... if monochrome is your thing you'll prefer the Premium.

The Best Value is thin and easily tears where you don't want it to.

Both are 3-ply, and even the layers of the Premium easily separate (I'm assuming because there's nothing in them to "glue" them together but I'm not a toilet paper scientist so I could be wrong)
but it's definitely a little stronger ... and softer.

My verdict:

I was a fan even before my first order arrived. Had there not been a premium option, I would have happily stuck with the recycled toilet paper ...
the fact that I'll be paying £3 more (per box of 48 rolls) to get the Premium Bamboo from now on, and I'm not ashamed to admit it, is mostly because of the packaging. 

Also, because it's Earth Day later this week, Who Gives a Crap now offers a free trial on all their products to new subscribers.
Click here to find out more!

PS: I'm aware that any environmentally friendly & plastic free toilet paper made in the EU would have a lower carbon footprint than WGAC which is made in China ... so hit me up if you know of such a business!