Remember those cute commercials where a little kid would ride a bike, have a sore butt, and stuff his/her pants with soft toilet paper to cushion the ride? Turns out that Americans' affection for cushy toilet paper is a serious offender to old growth forests.
In the The New York Times article "Mr. Whipple Left It Out: Soft is Rough on Forests," Leslie Kaufman looks at how our toilet paper habits are a pain in the butt (pun intended) for the environment.
Greenpeace has come out with a recycled tissue and toilet paper guide, which rates facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels and paper napkins according to environmental friendliness. Brands Green Forest and 365 are at the top of their list for toilet paper. Click on the widget below for more info.
For paper napkins, I'd recommend going one step further. My husband and I have been using cloth napkins for the past two years instead of paper. It makes us feel fancy and saves a few trees in the process. Something to remember is that even if a product isn't made from old growth trees, the manufacturing process uses energy and creates waste.