An article in guardian uk [American taste for soft toilet roll 'worse than driving Hummers'] says that Americans use of extra soft, multi-ply toilet paper is more dangerous to the environment than driving Hummers.
This article quotes Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council,
"This is a product that we use for less than three seconds and the ecological consequences of manufacturing it from trees is enormous."
"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."
Reading the article, I was reminded that, over the years, environmentalists have warned us of other things that are worse than driving.
From August, 2007, we learned eating meat is worse for planet than driving.
Other articles point out that walking is worse than driving.
"If you walk 1.5 miles, Mr. Goodall calculates, and replace those calories by drinking about a cup of milk, the greenhouse emissions connected with that milk (like methane from the dairy farm and carbon dioxide from the delivery truck) are just about equal to the emissions from a typical car making the same trip. And if there were two of you making the trip, then the car would definitely be the more planet-friendly way to go."
and parking car worse than driving.
There is a solution to using extra soft, multi-ply toilet paper.
One company sells reusable cloth butt wipes priced "$11 per dozen basic, $20 per dozen premium, hemp, or sherpa".
As Kermit the frog says, "It's not easy being Green."