If only it were still fashionable to blow one's nose with a cloth handkerchief that could be used, washed, and re-used until threadbare. Alas, the Resource Conservation Alliance says each American uses approximately 800 pounds of paper per year. You would be right if you guessed that they factored in a few bad cases of the sniffles per person.
Until Greenpeace wins its public campaign to get major manufacturers of disposable paper products - like facial tissues - to stop using wood from old-growth forests, the easiest way you can help the cause is to use paper products made from 100 percent recycled material. You should also avoid products bleached with chlorine, as both efforts combined will not only help protect forests by lowering the demand for trees, but help lower the formation of toxic dioxons and furans in the environment.
The Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide iPhone application makes it easy for you to make informed decisions as a consumer and as someone who's concerned about the world's ancient forests. You can download it from the Greenpeace webpage.
Because you might not have an iPhone, the ChasingGreen team has taken it upon themselves to bring you a list of the facial tissue brands Greenpeace experts have carefully evaluated and recommended based on their overall recycled content, post-consumer recycled content, and bleaching processes.
FOUR RECYCLED FACIAL TISSUE BRANDS
Green Forest facial tissues contain 90 percent post-consumer recycled content, are 100 percent recycled, overall, and are bleached without toxic chlorine compounds. Additionally, Green Forest facial tissues do not contain any additives, such as lotions or scents, so they do not aggravate those with chemical sensitivities or allergies.
365 Everyday Value®
365 Everyday Value® facial tissues are made of 100 percent recycled paper, with 80 percent post-consumer content, and are whitened without chlorine bleach. The packaging for these Whole Foods Market exclusive facial tissues is also made from 100 percent recycled material, and the tissues themselves are hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free, and contain no lint.
This soft and absorbent Seventh Generation Facial Tissue is made from 100 percent recycled paper, with a minimum of 50 percent post-consumer content, whitened without chemicals containing chlorine, and free of dyes and fragrances.
Small Steps by Marcal
Strong yet durable Small Steps Facial Tissues are hypoallergenic, manufactured without chlorine bleaching, contain and are packaged in 100 percent recycled paper, and are free of lint, dyes, and fragrances.