While toilet paper from across the globe checked for “forever chemicals” contains the compounds, the product across the globe also affects climate change. Each year, the logging industry in Canada degrades over a million acres of the boreal forest, in part to cater for U.S. needs for toilet paper, as users consume three rolls of toilet paper a week, accounting for a fifth of the world’s tissue consumption, according to the report by environmental groups New Stand. Earth and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
A Briton uses about 127 rolls per year, which is more than twice the European average, and is the third highest in the world, equal to about 8.5 billion rolls per annum in the UK, and even though experts estimate that about a third of fibers used in UK tissue manufacture gets recycled, this would only save more than three million trees, meaning an estimated seven million trees get felled every year for toilet tissue.
A Chinese uses about 49 toilet rolls per year, enough toilet paper to fell 47 million trees, a figure allowing China to use over four billion miles of toilet paper, further than the distance between earth and Neptune, just falling short of the distance to dwarf planet, Pluto (4.67bn miles).