Have you been naughty or nice this year? Chances are you’ve probably been a bit of both, but I know that I’ve been especially naughty, I’m just that kinda gal. Did you know that roughly the equivalent of 270,000 trees is either flushed or dumped in landfills every day? And roughly 10% of this total is all down to our western bum wiping fave – toilet paper. You know the stuff made from trees.
What’s even crazier is that more people in the world own a mobile phone than they do a toilet and almost 900 children under the age of 5 die every day due to diseases associated with poor sanitation.
Yes, I too am guilty of adorning my throne with such wooden wipery, so, when Who Gives A Crap dropped me an e-mail asking to help with the launch of their Christmas edition ‘Naughty or Nice’ ethical toilet paper, I jumped for joy. It was finally my chance to earn those ‘nice’ Brownie points with old Santa Claus himself.
Now, before I start with my review like ramblings I want to make something super clear – I was not paid to write this review, in fact, I was sent a box of their TP with the intention to photograph and share on my Instagram account. But, the more I read about the company, and the more I had a little play with their super funky loo roll, I knew that I had to write a little shout out and share the love. After all, when I first started Greens of the Stone Age I wanted it to be about all things ethical and holistic, and not just about delicious food. And since winning runner-up as Paleo Blogger of the Year in the very 1st UK Paleo Awards it seemed all the more fitting.
Who are the Who Gives A Crap Gang?
In 2012, the Australian trio Simon Griffiths, Danny Alexander, and Jehan Ratnatunga came to the shocking realisation that a whopping 2.5 billion people worldwide did not have access to a toilet. It was then that they came founded Who Gives A Crap and came up with the pretty nutty crowdfunding campaign of shoving Simon on the warehouse toilet for a full 50 hours in order to raise enough money to get preorders up and running. A gigantic $50,000 (go guys!).
Now 2.3 billion – that’s 1 in 3 people (which I still can’t get my head around at all) are still without a working toilet. What’s even crazier is that more people in the world own a mobile phone than they do a toilet and almost 900 children under the age of 5 die every day due to diseases associated with poor sanitation. It’s a very real and saddening issue that to be honest goes unlooked on a daily basis over here in the UK.
It’s companies like Who Gives A Crap that is helping to raise that awareness but also helping to resolve that issue too. 50% of their profits go to their charity partners. They’ve worked with WaterAid and Sanergy, and have donated a total of $1,175,000 to date. Unbelievable!
What’s so Great About Their TP Anyway?!
So, we already know that they’re a top-notch bunch of guys but let’s get down to the fun stuff. Their toilet paper is biodegradable, contains no inks, dyes, or scents and is made from 100% forest friendly bamboo fibres that are so soft you won’t want to wipe your bum with anything else. EVER!
Their Naughty and Nice Limited Edition Rolls have been designed by 6 super talented designers – each designer created both a ‘Naughty’ or ‘Nice’ roll so you’ll receive 12 separate designs when you order a box of 48 rolls, that’s right – 48 rolls! Never in my life have I had so much fun with a box of loo roll. The designs will make any interior designer proud and the paper doubles up as some great gift wrap and origami/craft paper (see my origami Christmas tree above). You could probably even use the empty roll along with the wrapping to make some DIY Christmas crackers too – the options are quite literally endless.
Here are some additional boring facts for you loo rolls geeks:
- The rolls are double-length so you’ll save yourself some monies.
- Each roll has 370 sheets each, measuring 10x10cm.
- The paper is 3-ply meaning it is super soft and super strong (no chances or getting poop on your hands – you know what I mean fellow mamas!).
- Fits in pretty much almost all loo roll holders – including mine!
- Jumbo rolls are a great deal at 24.2p per 100 sheets.
- You can have a 100% money back guarantee once you buy so no risk of losing that £££.
- The Christmas Edition rolls cost £43 for 48 jumbo rolls. Regular (but still fun) edition costs £40.
- Subscription options available to save time and money!
- Also available to order online in both the US and Australia.
- Kids will LOVE the crap out of their toilet roll!
- Elf approved and will win you Santa points.
Keep in mind that although slightly pricier than tree based TP, their bamboo paper has saved 50,586 trees, 98,465,965 litres of water, and 7,845 tonnes of greenhouse gases have been avoided all because of how they produce their rolls. Pretty nifty!
So, go on and grab yourself some super swish loo roll to adorn your porcelain throne, fill those stocking with joyous naughty and nice designs where you see fit, and surprise loved ones with a giant boxful of toilet paper which will no doubt cause some wild laughs but will probably make you the king or queen of most practical gift buying ever.