Toilet roll shortage in your neighbourhood? Don’t panic, there are much better ways to buy loo roll these days… For convenience and eco credentials, these online toilet roll delivery companies – or loo roll disrupters, as we like to call them – are hard to beat
Lead image: Who Gives a Crap
Cheeky Panda makes 100% bamboo toilet tissue and biodegradable wipes. The loo rolls are delivered right to your door, in a box, with no plastic and no fuss. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, growing 30 times faster than trees, making it a much more sustainable approach to loo roll. It’s also been dermatologically tested to be kind to your skin and is the first loo roll to be registered fully vegan with The Vegan Society. They also do baby wipes, anti-bacterial surface wipes, kitchen roll and more. £20 for 24 rolls or £36 for 48.
Who Gives a Crap
Who Gives A Crap was crowdfunded into life to try and make a difference in the world. Founders Simon, Jehan and Danny launched the company in 2012 when they learnt that 2.3 billion people across the world, roughly 40% of the global population, don’t have access to a toilet, meaning around 289,000 children under five die every year from diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. The company donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world, plus, their premium loo rolls are made from 100% bamboo, making them much more sustainable than those made from trees. Premium 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper, £40 for 48 rolls; 100% Recycled Toilet Paper, £24 for 24 rolls or £36 for 48 rolls.
The charmingly named Bumboo produces ‘beautifully soft’ luxury bamboo toilet roll, sourced from FSC certified co-operatives. It’s tree-free, plastic-free and offers free home delivery. As mentioned above, bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing plants, making it a much more rapidly renewable, and therefore sustainable alternative to loo roll made from virgin wood pulp. Plus, with Bumboo, a tree is planted for every box purchased. £40 for 48 rolls; £22.50 for 24 rolls. You can also opt out of individual wrappers for each roll, making them a bit cheaper.
Is there another way?
Of course, the easiest way to keep on top of the toilet roll crisis is to embrace the ‘family cloth’, which divided the internet when it first hit the headlines back in 2018:
Our traditional toilet paper has issues – other than a shortage sparked by Coronavirus. The fact that much of it is made from virgin wood pulp – that’s freshly cut down trees, as opposed to recycled paper – the excess amounts of plastic packaging it comes wrapped in, and the amount of carbon that goes into processing and transporting it around the world, means that many of us are looking for more eco-friendly loo roll alternatives.
‘Many see flushing all that toilet roll like flushing money straight down the loo’
One of those options is a new super eco alternative known as ‘family cloth’, which is essentially a stack of small pieces of cloth used in the place of loo roll – simply wipe, wash and reuse.
On the surface, it seems a no-brainer. Many see flushing all that toilet roll like flushing money straight down the loo. Never mind the environmental impact.
It’s also easy to see why people are baulking at the idea, with many of us preferring not to give what goes down the loo a second thought.
But as one mum told Buzzfeed, “If you’re wondering, ‘Why would you want to reuse something that you wipe your genitals with?’, I’d answer this question with my own question: ‘Do you throw away your underpants after each use?’”
We’ll leave you to ponder that one.
(Ladies, you can also buy cloth sanitary pads, period pants and more reusable wipes from cheekywipes.com.)
But just in case this loo roll shortage continues, here’s a link to the multiple ‘family cloth’ retailers on etsy.com, alongside a friendly reminder that you could also probably just cut up an old sheet (which has got to be by far the most environmentally friendly way to use the loo, right?).