The average American uses 3 rolls of toilet paper each week — and it’s devastating forests

The average American uses 3 rolls of toilet paper each week — and it’s devastating forests

[Ed. – Maybe if we start eating fewer burgers…]

A new report on paper use says Americans are flushing away Canadian forests.

Stand.earth and the National Resources Defense Council just released a report describing the “tree-to-toilet” pipeline, concluding that “[t]he consequences for Indigenous Peoples, treasured wildlife, and the global climate are devastating.”

The U.S. consumes more toilet paper than any other country, almost three rolls per person each week. And the brands they choose to use aren’t sustainable, with hardwood trees being pulped to create the soft toilet paper consumers want. Following the United States’ annual use of 141 rolls of toilet paper per capita is Germany with 134 rolls and the United Kingdom with 127. Japanese consumers average 91 rolls annually, while the Chinese average just 49.

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Estimating the U.S. tissue market to be worth $31 billion, the report took the three biggest paper product producers in the U.S. to task: Procter & Gamble(PG, -0.10%), Georgia-Pacific and Kimberly-Clark (KMB, -0.99%) use no recycled content in their consumer toilet paper, they say.

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