Environmental control freaks invade the toilet


The tenderness of the delicate American buttock is causing more environmental devastation than the country's love of gas-guzzling cars, fast food or McMansions, according to green campaigners. At fault, they say, is the US public's insistence on extra-soft, quilted and multi-ply products when they use the bathroom.

"This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council.

"Future generations are going to look at the way we make toilet paper as one of the greatest excesses of our age. Making toilet paper from virgin wood is a lot worse than driving Hummers in terms of global warming pollution." Making toilet paper has a significant impact because of chemicals used in pulp manufacture and cutting down forests.

A campaign by Greenpeace seeks to raise consciousness among Americans about the environmental costs of their toilet habits and counter an aggressive new push by the paper industry giants to market so-called luxury brands.


It takes a certain level of environmental ignorance to think that toilet paper is hurting the forest. There are more trees in the US now than there were in 1776. There is no shortage of trees at all. For a newspaper that buys paper by the ton to suggest that toilet paper is a problem shows a distinct lack of self awareness and perspective.

I think these are the same people who want people to switch from plastic bags to paper. The thing I like about plastic bags is they are easier to throw away or to use as packing material for mailing a package.

This is another example of the fascist control freak nature of the environmental movement.


  1. If Congress passes enough "stimulus" legislation, we'll find we're carrying plenty of toilet paper in our wallets.


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