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Working at Home Means Softer Toilet Paper — and a Climate Toll

  • Non-recycled tissue requires clear-cutting forests, NRDC says
  • Office closures amid pandemic mean changes in buying patterns
Procter & Gamble Co. Charmin brand toilet paper.
Procter & Gamble Co. Charmin brand toilet paper.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

With Americans spending a lot of time at home these days, more money is being spent on soft toilet paper. That may be bad news for the environment.

The kind of cushy tissue that was sold out earlier in the pandemic uses material that comes primarily from clear-cutting forests, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Office buildings, on the other hand, tend to use recycled fibers in their toilet paper, the group said.