Tissue Issue: Comfort or Conservation?
A majority of Our Readers Who Comment this morning prefer soft toilet paper, based on what they have to say about an article reporting environmentalists' concerns that old-growth forests are being destroyed because their wood fibers produce softer tissue than recycled paper.
As David A. Fahrenthold writes: "Big toilet-paper makers say that they've taken steps to become more Earth-friendly but that their customers still want the soft stuff, so they're still selling it."
Some readers decry the environmental damage and ask why we do things like this to our world. Others complain about enviro-Nazis and see this another example of how we are losing our way. Several readers ask why The Washington Post is devoting a talented reporter and front-page space to this subject..
We'll start with Pythagoris who wrote, "If this article does not convince America that these environmentalists are totally out of their tree, then nothing will. In addition to already causing millions of manufacturing jobs to be shipped overseas, destroying whole segments of our economy, and destroying the buying power of the average American, now they want us to destroy our bodies for their own wacky purposes... Enough is enough..."
And senatorblbo said, "As a devout Republican I say my Goddess Ann Coulter has decreed that "God gave us the earth to rape." And the great James Watt said that when the last tree is cut down, Jesus will return. So God has given me the divine right to wipe my butt with old growth forests."
But Greenmom323 wrote, "I had no idea that the soft/less soft difference was old growth forest use. This article forever changed the toilet paper I buy...I don't give a fig between cuddly soft and slightly less soft. Thanks DAF for the education."
ebw343 had a different view of DAF's work: "Four years of college, working your way up the journalism ladder, and they've got you writing an article about toilet paper. Time to re-think your career choice, David."
bandmom22 wrote, "...here's an idea. "environmentalists" can use corn cobs for all I care, just leave the rest of us alone to do with as we will."
luca_20009 said, "Too funny! Yu have to humor the greenies like that teenage son you have who's convinced he's gonna make it big as a rock star....just let them be and they'll figure out eventually that most don't want to end up scraping their bottoms with pine cones."
RobertaHigginbotham wrote, "My price point is $0.25 per roll. You're talking store-brand, but it gets the job done, with no adverse effects..."
hisroc asked, "Is this the Washington Post or the Onion?..."
DualTurbos wrote, "I'd say that it's Greenpeace's job to educate folks. I read a lot, and I've never heard this bit about old growth trees before... Blaming Americans for being wasteful and stupid about something when they havent' been informed about it is what is really wasteful and stupid. Get the message out..."
Kansasgirl said, "I can't believe how environmentalist bully the entire world with their mandates. It's become a religion with these people."
jburnetti wrote, "Going through college, I had a wonderful, well paying summer job at the Charmin factory in Tobyhanna PA. Soft toilet paper provides good, recession proof jobs for the good people of Pennsylvania. Donate to the Earth Conservancy - but enjoy your soft toilet paper. The alternative is too hard to bear."
katerinaDeligiannis said, "No thanks, they have that type of toilet paper in Europe and Canada. It is alsi narrower and each sheet is shorter. It hurts when you wipe particularly on the female genitalia.I take my own with me when I travel. I can give up a lot of things but not t.p."
yokosuka1985 asked, "Can't the tree huggers just leave us alone?"
We'll close with nanonano1, who suggested that "We need a 'Toilet Paper Czar.' "
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