What is recycled paper?
Recycled paper is paper that contains fiber from waste paper. However, there is no universal agreement on the exact definition of this. The Paper Users’ Environmental Forum Checklist states that recycled paper should include as high a proportion of post consumer waste fiber as possible. Post consumer waste is paper that has already been used for its final and intended purpose. Recycling paper is not only collecting wastepaper, but also using paper with recycled contents. Toilet paper with high-recycled content is neither expensive nor difficult to obtain.
Most of this paper products contain bisphenol A (BPA).
What is bisphenol A?
BPA is a chemical that interferes with the endocrine system and actually mimics the female hormone estrogen. This can cause infertility and occurrence of endometriosis in adult women.
Even more worrying is the fact that exposure to bisphenol A is connected with the notable neurological changes, behavioral changes, and even changes in the prostate gland of fetuses and newborn infants.
BPA is a toxic compound that is found in most plastic items. In the US, many of the states are working on the prohibition of BPA in baby products: baby bottles, toys, pacifiers, and other things that babies put in their mouths.
In addition, the plastic used for food storage often contains bisphenol, and even some cans are lined with plastic that contains bisphenol A. Water bottles, bags, plastic dishes, and many more contain this chemical that mimics estrogen. Recycled toilet paper may contain BPA.
It turned out that the materials used to make credit cards, and other items that use thermal paper for printing are later used in the making of recycled toilet paper. Unfortunately, most thermal printing paper contains BPA.
Although BPA is not a component that is used directly for making recycled toilet paper, its production is a particular cause for concern, because toxic waste water is obtained in that process.
What does usually happen with toilet paper? It usually ends in the sewer, and the waste water from the system ends up in municipal water treatment plants. Toilet paper that contains a BPA also passes through processing in the plant, but unfortunately, BPA always finds its way to the surface and underground water.