When you are invested in leading as low to zero waste life as is possible, it’s impossible for everyday waste to go unnoticed anymore, and this goes for essentials* like toilet roll. Up until fairly recently, I was buying Ecoleaf toilet paper who use a biodegradable wrap. In recent weeks though I have been presented with so much negative press and doubt cast over bio-plastic’s true sustainability, I am unsure if we should have so much faith in it. With this in mind, I decided to invest in the only loo roll company I know to deliver to your door and without any plastic! They also have a moral center, I am talking about, Who Gives Crap.
Who Gives a Crap produce forest friendly loo roll because it’s all recycled, unlike most toilet paper sold, which comes from trees grown for the very purpose of becoming loo roll- bonkers!
Who Gives a Crap started life in Australia in 2012 by friends Simon, Jehan and Danny who recongnised that in addition to all the toilet jokes and banter that would inevitably ensue, they felt that their idea could make a real positive impact to the 2.3 billion people, (that’s 40% of the global population) who do not have access to a toilet. This also means around 289,000 children under 5 die every year from diarrheaol disease caused by poor water and sanitation.
That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.
When you put it like that, jokes about owning a toilet paper company don’t sounds quite as funny. It was shocking to read such stats in 2017. We really are so insanely privileged in this country to have clean water and public toilets, toilets on trains, in parks and in bus and train stations, in a generally acceptable condition and often free. It’s a convenience we absolutely expect and have probably found ourselves aghast when such isn’t to be found, although this is definitely a rare thing.
To live in world that has such disparity is really unfair and to find a company actively challenging this means that you can buy plastic free loo roll whole actively supporting a great cause.
That’s because Who Gives a Crap donate 50% of their profits to Wateraid.
WE’RE DETERMINED TO PROVE THAT TOILET PAPER IS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST WIPING BUMS. WE MAKE ALL OF OUR PRODUCTS WITH ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIALS, AND WE DONATE 50% OF OUR PROFITS TO HELP BUILD TOILETS FOR THOSE IN NEED.
Their impact to date:
Total amount we’ve donated to date to help fund hygiene and sanitation projects.
We’ve saved a load of trees by making our products from bamboo and recycled paper.
98 MILLION LITRES
That’s the water we’ve saved by making our products with eco friendly materials.
These are the greenhouse gas emissions avoided by making our products with more sustainable materials
It’s shit that children in this day and age are still dying from a lack of basic hygiene. But it’s good that Who Gives a Crap are addressing this. I received a bit a criticisms that it;s shipped from China and not a British company. I hear you. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be a loo roll company that does such immensely good work addressing a very pressing issue. Eco Leaf are fine, and possibly cheaper (although WGAC rolls are HUGE!) but Who Gives a Crap support a great cause, WaterAid, uses recycled paper and packaging and it’s looks so pretty to. And there’s not a whiff of plastic in sight.