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December 19, 2009

Soft Toilet Paper Is Now Target Of Envirowackos

Soft toilet paper becomes target of environmentalists

Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups have pushed manufacturers such as Kimberly-Clark (Cottonelle) and Procter & Gamble (Charmin) to stop using wood from virgin forests to make tissue products.

"They'll take my Ultra Soft Charmin only when they pry it from my cold, dead, aloe-smelling hands."

Highly doubtful it will come to that. Please, sit.

We're talking about toilet paper. Charlton Heston's famous vow was of guns.

The issue over tissue in the bathroom — the really super-soft stuff — is more like the fight about the big SUVs loved by many Americans.

Anti-green, environmentalists say. Politically incorrect. Why should Americans use luxurious toilet paper made from old-growth trees when much of the world gets by with a far more basic and often recycled product?

Why should we flush redwoods, so to speak?

So Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups have pushed manufacturers such as Kimberly-Clark (Cottonelle) and Procter & Gamble (Charmin) to stop using wood from virgin forests to make tissue products.

Mountains of paper are dumped every day into recycling bins in homes, offices, factories and schools. Use that to make toilet paper, the activists say.

Time to roll off the big number: If each American family would buy one recycled roll just one time, it would save 400,000 trees, allegedly.

The problem, though, is that each time paper is shredded during the recycling process, its fibers get shorter. The shorter the fiber, the less soft the tissue. And Americans, though saying in surveys that they embrace green initiatives, also say they don't want to sacrifice comfort.

"The truth is that other parts of the world are further along in using recycled content," said Kay Jackson, spokeswoman for Kimberly-Clark. "The American consumer still wants softness, and they are speaking with their pocketbooks."

Pulling back in a competitive market is asking a lot, manufacturers say. They also point out that only 5 percent of forest-industry production goes toward toilet paper.

Wild Thing's comment..........

Liberals don't use toilet paper.

This is not about the environment, it is about power. We have crippled our self by giving up on known energy sources (oil and coal).

We can drill for oil without destroying the world, and we can use these energy sources without polluting the air. It is not about the ecology, it is about power and control. Currently they are in charge and our nation is paying a steep price. It is not going to be pretty when this all comes to a crashing end.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 19, 2009 02:50 AM


Ya know, I'm 56 years old, I have been *potty broke* for a really long time. I don't need some bunch of libtards telling how to wipe my butt or what toilet paper I need to use in doing so...

I swear, if this earth was totally at peace, if everything and everyone was in perfect harmony, the damned libtards would find a way to screw THAT up!

Posted by: TexasFred at December 19, 2009 05:04 AM

Didn't Sheryl Crow try to tell us all only to use one square per time? Yeah, like one square is really going to do the job-right! Let her use the one square. They also forget that here in North America, when we cut down a tree, we plant two in it's stead. We do somehow manage it. North America has more wilderness than Africa if you can believe that! We are environmentally conscious, but it's never enough for the enviro nut jobs out there. They would have us living naked in the trees like monkeys. Not in Nebraska in the winter time! No way! They can go live naked in the trees. Not me.

Posted by: Lynn at December 19, 2009 07:19 AM

Virgin growth ? What is that. Trees that never been laid ? And that can't be they reproduce every year, every spring.

Trees are a renewable resource and can be planted every year. This must be another crisis created by the white house to take away more rights. The forest fires in California are the result of whacky Environmental policies, 'you are not allowed to clear away brush from your home for fear it may disturb some friggin Rat, then your house catches fire because there is no fire break.

Thanks to these environmental wheenies you can't buy a sheet of 3/4 plywood anymore, its been reduced to 23/32. Southern Pine, aka, Yellow Pine, which was common for building interior Stairs is now close to 7 dollars a board foot and hard wood has gone through the roof.

These screwballs ruin industries and put people out of work for nothing more that a friggin tree. Again it has nothing to do with saving forests but control of your life. Lumber companies have always replanted depleted forest. Georgia-Pacific has a on going project of replanting trees as do all lumber companies.

This is all about Regulation and Control of our lives.

Posted by: Mark at December 19, 2009 07:33 AM

They want us to use the type of toilet paper other nations use?

When I was a START escort, we were told that if we had to go to the USSR, we should bring our own toilet paper as the stuff in the Soviet Union contained slivers of wood. Crow and Greenpeace are nuts. I bet they use Charmin

Posted by: BobF at December 19, 2009 07:58 AM

It's not about environment!!!

Posted by: Jack at December 19, 2009 11:11 AM

Well, the bastards in Congress told us what size toilet tank we could have. I guess they want to control the entire shitting process including what foods we eat that produce the crap we eliminate. Yep, Congress is expert on shit.

Posted by: TomR at December 19, 2009 11:20 AM

The Don Rickles in me can't resist this opportunity to say the following:
"In San Fransicko, the Hollyweirdos eat corn on the cob north to south instead of east to west!"

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at December 19, 2009 08:23 PM

Darth, LOL thanks.

I agree, no matter what the lefties would
find something, somehow to want to ruin or
change to make life worse.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 19, 2009 11:30 PM