Like most moms, you realize you’re out of toilet paper when you need it most. No one tells you they used up the last roll, in fact, they leave the cardboard roll just sitting on the holder, waiting for someone else to change it, #amiright!?!
Not to mention, toilet paper math is hard. Standing in the aisle, staring at all the options trying to figure out which is the best deal and which brand won’t feel like sandpaper on your butt, adulting is hard.
I can remember life before the ‘mega roll’, tp math was so much easier then. Not to mention these mega rolls don’t fit in any of the tp canisters I have in my bathrooms so those are virtually useless now and I don’t know about you but I don’t like having exposed tp sitting on the shelf or in a basket on the floor.
I discovered Who Gives A Crap via Facebook. You know, those random sponsored Facebook posts that show up in your feed. The ones that make you wonder if a bot has taken over your computer and is secretly recording all your activity.
Of course their post caught my eye because well, the image was colorful and the name, well, it’s pure gold!
So when I saw that ad, I quickly checked out the website, loved what I saw and ordered 48 rolls on the spot! It would be months before I needed to think about buying tp again.
For ease of not having to type the long company name, I’ll refer to Who Gives A Crap as WGAC going forward.
Disclosure: Who Gives A Crap has a referral program for all first-time customers. If you make a purchase via a link on this blog post, you’ll receive a discount on your first purchase and I will receive a credit on my next purchase. Cool beans! Once you buy, you can grab your own referral code.
Note: This is not a sponsored post.
My Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper Review
I’ve never been much of a toilet paper snob. I mean, the tp in most retail establishments is pretty much the worst ever but hey, they probably go through it like water and those dollars add up.
I’m not buying the Scott tissue because that stuff is awful, at least in the times I experienced it but I don’t need a thick cotton cloth wiping my bum either.
I doubt we’ll ever get to reusable tp in our house, there are some places I draw the line and I’m fairly certain my husband would divorce me if I even suggested it.
How Well Does it Perform
In my oh so scientific review, I’d say it holds up just as well as the name brand toilet paper I was using before I tried WGAC. I don’t find that I need to use ‘more squares’ – remember Elaine in the Seinfeld episode, “can you spare a square”?
I was a bit hesitant at first, my husband is kinda particular about his tp but surprisingly, we had a smooth transition from name brand from the store to WGAC. No comments or complaints from the husband or the kids.
In my Who Gives A Crap toilet paper review I’ll cover:
- plastic free
- ease of purchase
What’s the Story Behind the Toilet Paper
Is the Company Charitable
The older I get, the more I love a product with a story or charitable purpose behind it. WGAC is in the business of building toilets. Their tagline is Toilet paper that builds toilets. Who can’t love that?
The crew that started the company (via an IndieGoGo crowdfunding project) learned that 2.3 billion people (roughly 40% of the global population) in the world don’t have access to a toilet and that 289,000 children under age 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.
According to their website, more people on this planet have a cell phone than a toilet! That’s insane.
So how does the tp make a difference? WGAC donates 50% of the company profits to organizations that build toilets and work to improve sanitation in these developing countries. You can check their website for the most up-to-date information on how much they have donated.
According to their website, a dollar invested in sanitation yields $5.50 in increased economic prosperity. Pretty good investment I’d say.
What is it Made From
The ‘recycled’ toilet paper is made from 100% post consumer waste. This is things like books, office paper, etc. The paper is primarily sourced from schools in the local area where the tp is produced and it is vegan, gluten-free, free from inks, dyes, fragrances.
The ‘premium bamboo’ toilet paper is made from plantation bamboo. The bamboo WGAC uses is a species that pandas don’t eat so no worries, they aren’t removing the super cute, fluffy animal’s food source.
Bamboo is more sustainable than trees and is rapidly growing and renewable.
Is it safe for septic?
According to the website, yes, it is safe for compostable toilets and septic systems. Now, if you’re going to stick a whole roll (I’m looking at my daughter) down the toilet, you’ll probably have a problem but for normal use, it’s most likely fine.
Where is it Made
WGAC tp is made in China. Now before you go getting all outraged, where is the computer or phone you are reading this on made?
Toilet paper made in the United States is typically made from cutting down virgin trees and using a whole lot of water and energy to process.
Producing in China gives them direct access to the raw materials (bamboo and post consumer paper waste).
WGAC is a certified B-Corporation which means they have to meet specific criteria on environmental sustainability, transparency, and fair employment.
There is always a concern about working conditions in China, WGAC takes an active role in the production process to ensure products are being made ethically, sustainably, and with the utmost quality assurance. You can read more about that here.
How is it Plastic Free
The only way to keep the tp moisture free and hygienic is to wrap it so they don’t just wrap it in tissue paper, each roll is wrapped in awesomely designed, colorful paper which all comes tightly packed in a cardboard box. The ‘wrapping paper’ has funny jokes and interesting facts on it and honestly, you could use it as wrapping paper for small gifts.
The ‘recycled’ variety packaging is more colorful and fun, the ‘bamboo’ variety, more sophisticated.
How Much Does it Cost
At the time of this blog post, the recycled toilet paper costs $48 for 48 rolls, the premium bamboo toilet paper costs $52 for 48 rolls. Shipping is free on orders over $25. $1 a roll at 400 sheets/roll seems pretty economical to me.
You can get smaller quantities, 24 rolls but you’ve already got it coming, why not buy in bulk?
I suppose if you live in a small space or don’t have room to store it, that would be a good reason but the wrapping is so nice, you can easily add it to your home decor.
If you live in a small space, chances are your neighbor does also, why not split the box between you? Sharing tp is one way to love thy neighbor.
WGAC also sells paper towel and tissues but I have no tried either, yet. We don’t use many paper towels in our house. You can learn why here.
Easy to Purchase
Yep, you guessed it, you can buy it online with the click of a mouse and have it delivered right to your house. Isn’t that what we’ve become accustomed to these days?
You can always just make a purchase when you need to or you can set yourself up on their subscription service. I haven’t tried the subscription service yet, I suppose if I go back and look at my purchases, I can figure out how frequently we re-order.
If you’re like me and just order as needed, you’ll know it’s time when you see the red wrapping paper. The Emergency Rolls!
On the WGAC website, they have suggested timeframes for re-order based on the number of people living in your home.
Stellar marketing department. When’s the last time toilet paper put a smile on your face?
How can you not have fun when you’re in the business of selling toilet paper? I mean toilet jokes are always a great way to lighten the mood and this company appears to embrace it.
This looks likes like a super fun company, I love their website, they have a great blog with all sorts of useful information.
Everything from crafts (using the tp cores and the ‘wrapping paper’ to greenwashing to trending social topics to how to work from home with kids during a global pandemic.
Are you ready for Who Gives A Crap to roll into your house? See what I did there?