Who Gives a Crap?

As loyal readers will know (bless you, both of you), I'm trying to reduce my "footprint" on the world. I will no longer buy any clothes with non-biodegradable fibres in them, I've recycled most of my clothes that contained non-biodegradable fibres and I'm trying as hard as I can to reduce how much plastic I buy (including the microplastic in tea-bags... glad to say, 8 months on, I'm still using loose tea and composting all the used leaves).

I'd heard about Who Gives A Crap toilet paper in a number of places and have decided to give it a go. Their toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper. They also have a 'luxury' brand that's made from bamboo, but for me, there are still some issues with bamboo processing - the plant itself needs little water or fertiliser and is pretty sound, ecologically, but processing it to make fibres is less so.

Their toilet paper comes wrapped in paper and then boxed, with free delivery to your door. The boxes are hilarious. In huge letters on the side were: "You've got a lovely bum" and "Wiping Away Poverty". I'm not quite sure what the delivery woman thought of it all!

The ethos of the company is incredible. Not only are they trying to reduce consumption of virgin wood, by using recycled paper, but they donate 50% of their profits to charities who provide toilets or other water sanitation projects around the world. 50%!

According to the WHO, in 2015, 892 million people used no sanitation facility at all, and continued to practise open defecation [source]. This waste enters the water sources, adding to the burden of disease such as cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery.

The WHO go on to say:
Some 842 000 people in low- and middle-income countries die as a result of inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene each year, representing 58% of total diarrhoeal deaths. Poor sanitation is believed to be the main cause in some 280 000 of these deaths.

Diarrhoea remains a major killer but is largely preventable. Better water, sanitation, and hygiene could prevent the deaths of 361 000 children aged under 5 years each year.

Open defecation perpetuates a vicious cycle of disease and poverty. The countries where open defection is most widespread have the highest number of deaths of children aged under 5 years as well as the highest levels of malnutrition and poverty, and big disparities of wealth.
For me, a company who donates so much of their profits to trying to improve sanitation across the globe, gets my vote (and my money).

But, the big question... is it actually any good as toilet paper? Is it going to scour the skin off your bum and/or not be strong enough?

Well, the box only arrived at the weekend and we had some other stuff to use up before we can get to the WGAC stuff, so you'll have to wait and see. I'll do a full review once it's been through a thorough testing! But other online reviews were favourable enough for me to persuade hubby to give it a try.

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My other plastic-free shift has been to Friendly Soap Ltd. More on them soon!

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