Admittedly, there have been many inventions that are more important than toilet paper, but we still think TP rates pretty high on the list of greatest products ever made. Most of us don’t go a day (or even hours) without using some highly cushioned paper on our derrieres. Trying to figure out how many squares of toilet paper the average person uses in their life feels like a mathematical impossibility, but one thing we do know is that it makes a difference what you wipe with.
Toilet paper has the tough job of cleaning up messes while still being gentle on users. It also needs to be affordable, since we literally use it every day, and preferably, it needs to be gentle on the environment. Recently there’s been a push towards more eco-friendly options, including toilet paper made with recycled paper and bamboo toilet paper. We’ve included both on our list as well as toilet paper made from virgin pulp.
Recycled toilet paper is made from recycled paper (not recycled toilet paper — gross). Bamboo toilet paper is also gaining in popularity because of its makeup. Bamboo grows quickly, is a highly renewable resource, and requires no pesticides or fertilizers that can be harmful to the environment. Bamboo helps to fight deforestation and in terms of customer appeal, it’s also extremely soft and strong. Plus, it’s 100% biodegradable which is good for the environment and your toilet’s environment (septic tank users, take note).
Make toilet time your happy place with toilet paper that gets you clean and helps clean up the environment.
1. Solimo 2-Ply Toilet Paper
For an affordable roll of toilet paper that delivers a soft touch, it’s tough to beat the Solimo 2-Ply Toilet Paper. The basic roll is made with two-ply sheets for added comfort and uses pulp from responsibly sourced trees. Solimo paper is safe for septic tanks and won’t damage standard sewer systems. A great budget pick that still delivers on comfort, Solimo has a silky texture that is gentle on sensitive skin.
Solimo 2-Ply Toilet Paper
2. Charmin Ultra Soft Cushiony Touch Toilet Paper
If having an ultra-soft, ultra-absorbent toilet paper is number one for your number two paper, you’ll want to stock your bathroom with Charmin Ultra Soft Cushiony Touch Toilet Paper. The three-ply paper has a cushioned feel that is strong while still being safe for septic tanks. The clog-free, Roto-Rooter-approved paper is packaged as mega rolls to last longer, while still being able to easily fit onto a standard toilet paper holder. Charmin has also made an effort to create a greener toilet paper by working with responsibly managed forests and replanting one tree for every tree used.
Charmin Ultra Soft Cushiony Touch Toilet Paper
3. Soft & Strong Toilet Paper by Up & Up
For a toilet paper that keeps the price down but the comfort up, we like Soft & Strong Toilet Paper by Up & Up. The two-ply toilet paper is priced competitively and has mega-sized their rolls to last longer. The double rolls are absorbent and dissolve quickly, which makes them a great option for those on septic tanks.
Soft & Strong Toilet Paper by Up & Up
4. Reel Tree-Free Toilet Paper
BEST BAMBOO TOILET PAPER
Reel markets itself as a brand that makes ‘life-changing paper’ and they’re not wrong. The company is proving that toilet paper doesn’t have to be harmful to the environment and can still be affordable. Reel’s rolls are 100% bamboo and tree-free, biodegradable (safe for septic tanks!) and they don’t come with anything that can be harmful to the earth or your bum, including plastic, fragrance, dyes, chlorine, inks or BPA. The three-ply toilet paper still delivers all the softness and absorbency of traditional toilet paper without any of the environmentally harmful side effects. We also like that Reel donates a significant portion of their profits to organizations helping to provide toilets and sanitation to people in Haiti.
Reel Tree-Free Toilet Paper
5. Betterway Bamboo Toilet Paper
GOOD FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Betterway is making, well, a better way for people to use toilet paper. The company sells biodegradable bamboo toilet paper that is gentle on septic tanks and tushies, with the company claiming their product is the softest bamboo toilet paper around. The three-ply paper is almost twice as absorbent as competitors and is made with a lint-free, clean tear design that cuts down on mess. The dye-free TP is unscented and hypoallergenic, making it a great option for users with sensitive skin. Based in the US, Betterway is also a carbon-neutral company that has plastic-free, compostable packaging.
Betterway Bamboo Toilet Paper
6. Tushy Premium Bamboo Toilet Paper
We’re big fans of Tushy (check out our reviews on their Ottoman Toilet Stool and Travel Bidet) and that includes their bamboo toilet paper. The company is focused on sustainability, which is why they use bamboo to create their recently updated toilet paper, which is now larger and softer than before. Tushy makes their toilet paper without bleach or emulsifying agents, keeping things natural and comfortable because that’s exactly what your time on the toilet should be. Since bamboo is 100% biodegradable, Tushy is safe for all toilets, including those run on septic tanks. As if that wasn’t enough to make you try Tushy, the company also packages their rolls individually in recycled paper that you won’t mind guests seeing in your bathroom.
Tushy Premium Bamboo Toilet Paper
$69 for 36 Rolls
7. Who Gives A Crap? 100% Recycled Toilet Paper
MADE FROM RECYCLED PAPER
Who Gives A Crap is another company that is making toilet paper more eco-friendly and helping to give back to those in need. The company sells bamboo toilet paper and the more affordable 100% Recycled Toilet Paper. Don’t worry, it’s not actually made from recycled toilet paper (ew), but instead from recycled office paper. Okay, we’re fine with that. The super-soft three-ply sheets are gentle on your bum and the earth and the company participates in carbon-neutral shipping. Like Tushy, Who Gives A Crap individually packages their roll in fun and bold prints. They also donate 50% of their profits to charities that bring clean water and sanitation to those in need.
Who Gives A Crap? 100% Recycled Toilet Paper
$48 for 48 rolls
8. Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper
SEPTIC TANK FRIENDLY
Whether your home uses a septic tank or you need to stock up the bathroom in your boat or RV, a toilet paper that dissolves quickly and won’t lead to expensive and smelly clogs is a must-have. Scott’s has made a rapid-dissolving toilet paper specifically for septic tanks. The biodegradable tissue arrives in recyclable packaging and contains double rolls for fewer changes. The absorbent sheets are soft on the skin and made from paper that is FSC certified.
Scott Rapid-Dissolving Toilet Paper
9. Seventh Generation Bathroom Tissue
If you’re not ready to make the switch to bamboo but still want toilet paper that has eco-friendly properties, we like the Seventh Generation Bathroom Tissue. The two-ply tissue paper is made from recycled paper and is packaged in recyclable plastic wrap and a recycled and recyclable box. Seventh Generation doesn’t use any inks, dyes, or fragrances with their paper, which has been whitened without the use of chlorine. The paper is septic-safe and also works for low-flow toilets thanks to its quick dissolving properties.