Plastic-Free(ish)

I Tried Who Gives A Crap, And Here’s What I Thought

When was the last time you got excited about toilet paper? I’m willing to guess you’ve NEVER been excited about toilet paper, and you’re not alone. If you were like me, you put off restocking your rolls until you were dangerously low and had to rush out for a late night Target run. Far from a pleasant experience, as much fun as those late night Target runs can be.

And yes, toilet paper in itself is not a glamorous product. For me, I tried to buy the cheapest, largest package that least resembled tissue paper and it was always packaged in plastic. Even the sustainable brands were packaged in plastic, so why bother? I did find some small paper-wrapped rolls at health food stores, but they were always expensive, small and didn’t feel the nicest on my lady bits.

Enter, Who Gives A Crap.

First Impression

I’m super into the idea of bulk shopping made simple, so I love that the giant box of Who Gives A Crap came straight to my door. No more late night Target runs. I’m also 8 months pregnant and anything that can make my life a little easier, and reduce heavy lifting, is much appreciated. I couldn’t help but smile at their ‘cheeky’ branding on the outside of the box.

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The Packaging

48 rolls individually wrapped in colorful paper in a large cardboard box. The paper they use to wrap the rolls is super cute and offers some good insight on what Who Gives A Crap is about. You might wonder why they can’t just put the toilet paper naked in the box — wrapping them in paper is the only way they can keep the toilet paper moisture-free and hygienic. I get it, and will be reusing the paper as packing material for our customer orders. The box is sealed shut with a single piece of plastic tape (a small minus). I have heard rumblings that they’re exploring alternative options. There are no additional paper or plastic packaging materials inside the box. Just 48 snuggled rolls.

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The Toilet Paper

Who Gives A Crap toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper with no dyes, inks or scents. I love that they primarily source their paper from local schools, including textbooks, workbooks and office paper. Great example of using ‘reuse’ to solve a waste issue. I compared the toilet paper to the standard rolls we last bought and they seemed softer, sturdier and more tightly packed (aka more toilet paper per roll). Look at this side view comparing the paper — it seems like the standard roll (in the back)  has a lot more wasted air space versus the Who Gives A Crap roll (in the front). So you’re definitely get more for your money with Who Gives A Crap, and I would expect that their rolls last much longer.

who gives a crap zero waste toilet paper

who gives a crap zero waste toilet paper

Feel Goods

Beyond the toilet paper feeling good on your tush, it also makes your heart feel good. Who Gives A Crap donates a whopping 50% of their profits to help build toilets for communities in need. Sadly, 289,000 children under the age of five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water quality and sanitation issues. Toilets have been found to be a great solution as they help improve basic sanitation and hygiene, and help protect the water supply. Also, as mentioned above, Who Gives A Crap only uses environmentally friendly materials in their rolls. Most toilet paper companies use virgin trees, and consume loads of energy and water to process the trees into toilet paper.

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Cost

You can buy a box of Who Gives A Crap for $30 (for 24 rolls) or $48 (for 48 rolls). I definitely will continue buying the $48 roll box since I like to buy in bulk and it’s a great value, at 25 cents per 100 sheets. They also offer a box of premium toilet paper made from ‘forest-friendly bamboo’ at $52 for 48 rolls.

Also, FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25! Score.

Who Gives A Crap was generous enough to offer our readers a discount — click here for $10 off your first order.

 

34 comments

Joan

I really like this product. I like the lack of plastic use & the fact that the company gives back to those in need. I’ve read so much about how t.p. is the leading cause of deforestation. I wish more people would get on the band wagon.

Rose

I have been buying this for a while but have found out this is manufactured in China. I am torn now, as we do manufacture our own toilet paper in Australia.

Excel tissue

Hey, nice blog thanks for sharing it’s really awesome I really enjoyed a lot

Jennifer

After reading the first comments I actually went to get my debit card to make an order, after reading all of customer comments on the first page I’m glad I didn’t make a purchase. I do like the idea of helping sanitation issues in other countries, but not at the expense of quality, especially if it’s true that consumers are unable to contact the company directly. Where is the customer satisfaction hotline info like we’re used to in the U.S.?

1 US dollar per roll sounds pretty good if I’m reading correctly.
Thanks, Jennifer in Arkansas, US

Janet Mary

i love the company, their product, their marketing, and their philosophy/activism. after trying the recycled paper, i switched to bamboo, which i like better. and now, that tp is hard to find, i feel like the prison inmate who has an unlimited supply of cigarettes – tp’s the new currency! it’s nice to be able to barter with some and to donate to others.

Gail Harris

I have been using WGAC for about 4 years. I love it and also use their paper towel roll. It’s convenient, economical, good quality ( didn’t used to ball up when wet… hope this glitch is fixed soon) , environmentally sustainable in so many ways and funny/ attractive.

I love the paper wrapping, the designs have changed over the years. My fave was the gold, black and white series. I have given wrapped rolls as gifts for friends birthdays and Christmases in the hope they will then order them also. The paper is also suitable to use as gift wrapping paper.

As a single adult a box of 48 rolls will last over a year.

I was surprised to find that WGAC paper is made in China. I also found that lots of Aussie toilet paper brands also send wood
chips overseas to be pulped and then bring the pulp back here to be made into toilet paper. None are perfect.
All the positives of this product over ride any small negatives. Keep up the good work WGAC.

Siridatar Khalsa

I tried the recycled toilet paper first. I use a bidet and when the paper gets a little wet it balls up. I now use the premium toilet paper and it is great!

Mitch

Sounds like they do good things but they are the worst and most dysfunctional company I have ever dealt with. First, they have no telephone number to talk to anyone. Second, the never answer emails.
so I ordered one time and they screwed up my order. Ok, everyone screws up once in a while. Then I ordered again and specifically asked not to send me automatic order because I never know how fast my family will use their toilet paper and other product. So next thing I know, they are sending me automatic orders that I have no room to store. I have repeatedly send them emails telling them not to send me that order but since they don’t answer the emails, the order went out.
I called UPS to stop the order and they assured me they would but still the order came to my door which I refused. This all happened two or three time.
No matter what good things they do, the frustration of dealing with them is not worth it. Save yourself grief and buy elsewhere.

M G

Purchased the 3 ply 48 roll. We are sending back after trying for a month. Not worth the money. Thin, falls apart quickly when wet. Yes, you do get “More” product in comparison BUT you also must use MORE. So, It says full refund but the website does NOT make it easy to return, you must send an email? No phone,(Too expensive)? Don’t waste your time or money on this product.

David

When comparing size of rolls everyone realizes the one in front should appear larger due to depth especially considering the angle it was shot, but do they notice the difference in the center hole? The one in back is oval- meaning it’s been squashed down. The one on front is a pure circle or unsquashed. Don’t crap on the public. Play fair. You wouldn’t want someone to lie to you just to make a few bucks, right. So let’s not be a crap hat. Save it for the paper.

lkr

tried the code for first time buyers and it does not work.

Lawrence J Steinke

I recommend everyone watch the TED talk by Rose George. Get some information under your belts.

Lawrence J Steinke

I recommend everyone watch the TED talk by Rose George. Get some information under your belts.

KEVIN MICHAEL

My name is kevin michael, I’m willing to make some purchase of some items with your company and ship to Belize.Before we proceed can you please answer the following question below ;  

 1. Do you accept master and visa credit card payment ?
2. Can you work with my shipper regarding the pick up of the items and payment?
3. Can you send me your price sheet or catalog?

I will be waiting for your quick response 

Tish

Absolutely love this toilet paper. We have used the Bamboo only. Last order was 5 months ago and we still have 7 rolls left of the 48. We have 2 adults and 2 toddlers in our home. That is lasting a long time! No more filling my cart at the store with packages of TP. Love the company and love the TP!

Gordon

Get a bidet. Wipe with your fingers and wash your hands afterwards. What’s wrong with that? Plumbers get their hands in shit all the time. They still eat fries with their fingers. Flying toilet paper from anywhere is obscene.

Lisa

Sad human I’m giggling. I tried their premium tp and like it. We got to start somewhere. I don’t think it’s nearly as rough as some of people are saying in this thread. But hey if it is for you maybe it’s good to exfoliate a little down there 😉

Denise Coleman

Great to get my carton of tissues bound with paper tape instead of plastic, well done Who Gives A Crappers!!!
Even better that the plastic seal in each box has gone too!!!!!! All Hail You!
Thanks for all your good work, and best wishes,
Nise.

Sad human

People using their computers/cell phones to complain about products made in China. Hypocritical fools. Keep cutting down trees to wipe your poop. Sacrafice air for feces….good plan morons

Teresa S

I ordered my first box. I like it so far. I like medium soft but sturdy TP that doesn’t fall apart. So far this fits the bill. And I like the humor and avoidance of plastic. I didn’t realize it was made in China, but did read the life cycle analysis above, thanks Kyrstin! I’d be curious if WGAC did a lifecycle analysis for U.S. consumers, since they are obviously not selling TP just in AU. To WGAC – could you share lifecycle info on U.S. distribution? Would greatly prefer U.S. made TP so the search for that option will continue unless the lifecycle impacts are similar to that of the AU. I do know that shipping by water is shockingly efficient, and when compared to coal train and diesel trucks for cargo in the U.S. it can surprise you to find the “best choice” from an emissions standpoint might be different than expected. Having the study would help me understand that. Staying tuned…

Joshua Howard

I’ve tried this TP and I don’t like it. The price is really high and I’m not sure that it’s really eco-friendly. Are there any alternatives?

Kevin Oliver

I have to agree with JC, we’re two rolls into 48 and wondering how we will use the rest. It’s awful. It’s hard and scratchy, not at all like the “three ply soft pillow” the advertising would let on. It shreds into little strips that fall everywhere and stick to everything and by everything I mean… The shredding is probably the worst of it. Is it that hard to make a perforated sheet that tears at the edge? Apparently so. Nice idea to use recycled paper and donate to make bathrooms, so I guess the company may indeed “give a crap,” but they need to seriously work on their product. It’s awful.

JC

I cannot speak to the recycled paper version, but the “premium three ply” bamboo version is so similar to the awful Scott 1000 single ply stuff that I was shocked to see it really does have 3 very very very thin plies. It’s tough and scratchy, altogether unpleasant , like the worst public restroom economy paper, especially compared to our usual charmin extra strong. And now I have 47 rolls of it that are going to end up being donated to the homeless shelter or something, because even though we have a bidet seat and only use the TP to dry off a bit before the heated fan kicks off, this stuff is just too unpleasant.

Kyrsten

For those of you who have raised the issue of production in and transport from China, WGAC addresses these questions on this blog post… https://thekritic.net/2017/06/who-gives-a-crap/

WGAC is an Australian company. They share your concerns and did thorough research on where to produce, how to transport, the costs – financial and ecological – associated with the options. I am seriously impressed. Think we’ll give them a try.

Peter

I tried the product for a few delivery cycles. It is a good product but it’s made in China. The shipping alone pretty much negates any benefit to the environment. They do have a good mission and giving back to the communities in need is always a good thing. There are other brands that are more eco friendly both product and shipping wise and cheaper.

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