Top toilet-paper makers given failing grades by green group

World | 26 Jun 2020

Top US toilet-paper makers got failing marks from a leading environmental group that criticized their use of fiber from trees considered key to limiting climate change.

Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark and Georgia-Pacific rely on virgin forest fiber "despite the dire consequences that practice has for our planet's future," the Natural Resources Defense Council said.

According to an NRDC report, the companies' products are mostly made from wood pulp obtained in Canada's old-growth northern - or boreal - forests, which play a crucial role in combating climate change. "Tissue manufacturers need to acknowledge the facts and take full responsibility for the role they play in fueling climate change and forest destruction," the NRDC wrote.

The toilet-paper shortage at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak helped underscore the need for more sustainable supplies, the group said.

Among the brands with failing grades were Cottonelle Ultra, Scott 1000 and Scott Comfort Plus made by Kimberly-Clark; Charmin Ultra made by Procter & Gamble; and Angel Soft, Quilted Northern, Aria and Quilted Northern EcoComfort made by Georgia-Pacific.

But companies expressed disagreement at the report.

Georgia-Pacific said its virgin fiber is responsibly sourced and complies with reforestation laws; Kimberly-Clark said it has committed to reducing virgin wood fiber from natural forests by half by 2025; and Procter & Gamble said it sourced from responsibly managed forests.


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