Don't Buy Angel Soft, Instead Try...

by - Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Oh politics, they are everywhere, right? Sometimes, we just want to escape them, but our shopping is ALWAYS loaded with politics.

For example, you run out of toilet paper and head to the grocery store to pick some up before things get gross. The aisle is FILLED with paper products, wrapped in plastic with showy labels. You pick Angel Soft, maybe because of the cute baby picture or it is on sale or because that is just what you buy, and we all are weirdly loyal to brands for no real reason.

So you bought toilet paper, no big deal. But Angel Soft (among a bunch of paper products- Brawny, Sparkle, and Dixie to start, but you can read a better list here) is owned by Georgia Pacific, which is owned by the Koch Brothers.

Yes, the Koch Brothers who...

Just this week argued that the Healthcare bill wasn't restrictive enough, that more people should lose their healthcare.

Have pledged to spend 400 million on elections and policies in 2018, backing ultra conservative politicians and ideas.

Hold political "reterats" with senators and representatives, setting the agenda and controlling them with their massive amounts of money.

So whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you probably feel a little uneasy about your representative being more invested in these billionaire's interests than the welfare of their constituents and the country. Our government should work for us, not big businesses who buy them, because we live in a democracy, not an oligarchy.

But every time you buy Angel Soft, you are investing in big money's ever growing pull on American politics.

If that isn't bad enough, this product is made of 100% virgin tree and pulp (nothing recycled) so they are terrible for the environment. Not enough? They have actively fought the EPA to allow their factories to remain dirty and polluting, feeling that the rules should not apply to them (can you imagine? From the Koch Brothers?).

Lastly, though they definitely have offices in the Atlanta area, it's unclear how much of Georgia Pacific's products are still made in the United States. It looks like at least some chunk is made in China.

So, there has to be a better way, right? Can't we make our toilet paper a little less evil?

Yes, I've got you. Let's do this-

1. Bulk Bulk Bulk

You want to rock at this? Be more eco-friendly, stop funding Un-American billionaires, save money? Stop buying your toilet paper at the grocery store all together. You can save a lot of money (and often side step all that plastic-wrapped packaging) by just switching to bulk.

You can buy bulk online or somewhere like Costco (though they often aren't as great about packaging as you would hope).

 Don't have the space? Team up with some friends and buy this stuff bulk together. Perfect way to save money.

2. Bamboo Toilet Paper

Green 2 Tree Free- Recycled toilet paper comes with the risk of BPA traces, because some recycled paper (magazines) are still coated in plastic for that glossy shines. Because we know BPA can screw with endocrine systems, recycled toilet paper has mixed approval from scientists (though I would point out most people also eat out of plastic and wash their bodies with plastic-covered soaps, so this is a bigger problem than just one item). If you want to do right by the environment (stop taking down trees for such a humble purpose), but you are nervous about BPA, bamboo is the way to go.

 If you buy in bulk (96 rolls at 114 dollars, so basically all you need forever, right?), you can get it for 1.16 a roll, which is even cheaper than the other options. This is what we will do from here on out, I think.

3.  Seventh Generation

This eco-friendly company Seventh Generation was bought by Unilever last fall and has enough mainstream appeal to be available in most Targets. In other words, it is easy to find, and you can get recycled paper that they claim has no BPA content. This is what we are currently using (and it came in all paper packaging-

 Unbleached with at least 50% post-consumer content- 60 rolls for about 68 dollars (about 1.14 a roll).

4. Green Forest Toilet Paper

Green Forest is another recycled option that we can at least find in our local grocery store, so it might be yours too! If you can find something with recycled paper or not wrapped in plastic, then you are doing some real good.

I have also seen  Marcal Small Steps smaller packs in grocery stores- 40 rolls, 1000 sheets each, is 50.66, so about 1.20 a roll.

5. Even Those Damn Charmin Bears

I get it. Sometimes there is a situation, and even Amazon Prime can't save you. You run to the store and just try to avoid butt wiping for pure evil. Just avoid Angel Soft and those cartoon villians, and you are still doing something.

If you are feeling incredibly brave (and ready to save some trees), hardcore environmentalists are skipping toilet paper completely, using bidets or family cloths. It's not for us, but it might work alright for you? You can always read up and see.

The bottom line, we may hate it, but even choices as banal as toilet paper come at a political, moral, and environmental cost, so you have to do your homework. Skip out on Angel Soft and make your bathroom that much more patriotic.

don't buy angel soft toilet paper koch brothers instead try

Want more shopping tips and ideas for avoiding unethical companies? I have got you covered- check out my Giant List of Shopping Lists.

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