Discount and Premium Brands
An alternative is to buy cheap toilet paper. Thin, low-cost toilet paper as sold in discount outlets and even dollar stores is just plain wood pulp, rolled thin, perforated. It may not be a bargain overall, since the user is tempted to employ extra. It is practical for situations where economy and biodegradable quality are high priorities, such as in an old-fashioned privy or in a rural house with an antiquated septic system.
Premium grade toilet papers do not have the same biodegradable factor, having been made thicker to give the user confidence that the product offers the desired protection in use.
Some premium toilet paper manufacturers have hearkened to the voice of environmentalists, and now make toilet paper from recycled wood fibers, usually waste from paper manufacturing or reclaimed post-consumer paper. It seems to have been a hard battle to overcome the uneasiness of consumers concerning using recycled paper in toilet tissue. The first impression is that toilet paper itself has been recycled. This is, fortunately, not true. Toilet paper is always an end use product. But newsprint, office paper, and cardboard can all by broken down into the original treated wood pulp, and manufactured into new product.