Are toilet paper rolls considered to be paperboard, like cereal boxes, which means I can recycle them curbside? If not, should they be recycled with regular cardboard? Also, I’m not so green that I’m going to reduce my reliance on toilet paper by substituting leaves or something. I still want my tp, but to ease my green conscience, I have started buying Marcal-brand toilet paper that is made from recycled paper. (Check out this Natural Resources Defense Council chart that compares the recycled content and “green-ness” of household paper items. The Marcal toilet paper, by the way, rates quite well–it’s 100 percent recycled, with 40 percent post-consumer content used.)
So that leaves me with reusing. Without younger children in the house to do art projects, what can you possibly do with used toilet paper rolls? Well, here’s one thing I’ve come up with.
These days, every time I unwrap a new roll of toilet paper, I take the paper wrapping, stuff it on the inside of the empty toilet-paper roll, and put it in the fire place. I’ve also taken to stuffing dryer lint and other kinds of paper in the rolls. I figure that come late fall, when we’re ready to fire up the fireplace again, we’re going to have plenty of “kindling.” My only concern is this: if we go through about one roll of toilet paper per week, pretty soon our fireplace (pictured above) is going to be overflowing with stuff toilet paper rolls.
I wonder how else I could randomly reuse these rolls if we run out of space in the fireplace?