New product trial glue and plastic free toilet paper.

We have now tried three varieties of loo roll that are plastic wrap free, they come across different price and quality bands and all have their place. Unfortunately none are available in store and all have to be ordered on line.

To reduce the amount of this unnecessary plastic wrap going into the waste stream we need the main stream highstreet stores to get on board with this.

Plastic substitution for other kinds of plastic really aren’t the answer, we need to stop wrapping in plastic and use paper instead.

We have written previously about plastic free toilet roll before and after disappointingly short supermarket trials of paper wrapped toilet roll Aldi and Cushelle have now stopped supplies. Cushelle prefering a recycled and plant plastic wrap (guys its still plastic!) for their double length rolls, with everything else still in normal plastic.

We then found a reasonable value for money replacement in the Nicky brand ordered on line. In our drive to be plastic free in as cost neutral a way as possible we continued looking for alternatives recently we found one.

Today our box of 18 Tanki rolls arrived (free delivery) so we are going to trial them and post here our impressions.

Tanki are different to standard toilet rolls in that there is no glue in them. This means they do not release glue into the environment.

With Tanki we think we have found a truly plastic free product…. Why? Well read on.

  • Conventional toilet roll is bonded with glue.
  • There are approximately 2.7grams of glue in every roll of toilet tissue.
  • Glue contains nanoplastics.
  • These cannot be broken down during the sewage cleaning process and are therefore flushed into the seas / environment no matter the system.

Being glue free apparently they prevent sewerage blockages, the product has won an innovation award from Maritime UK.

  • It is estimated that more than 18,000 tons of glue from toilet tissue is flushed away in the UK every year

The product is also fsc certified, and UK made so doesn’t have the increased carbon footprint of those products imported from China.

We are currently trialling a plant based toilet roll, its is we belive bambo but the manufactuers are rather coy about the origin of their base materials so we are assuming it is the finish product that is imported…. More on that later!

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