Quilted Northern uses a different agency to track its sourcing than our $ pick. It is Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Sourcing Certified, which makes sure the logging practices for the fiber that eventually becomes TP protects “water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk and forests with exceptional conservation value.” If they buy fiber that doesn’t come from a certified forest, it also has to at least be proven to come from a “legal and responsible” source. Weirdly, they don’t put the logo on the package itself (or, it’s not on the packs we bought). But it’s on their website and in the photos for the Amazon listing, and of course we searched their number to confirm. Beyond that, you can recycle the tubes with regular paper recycling and the plastic packaging wherever retailers take plastic bags.
Bad news for septic system owners: while its package does say it’s septic safe, it failed to dissolve at all in our test, and Consumer Reports rated its disintegration as “poor”. You can try it with your septic system if you’d like, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Only sandpaper-y options in the $$ category passed the septic test; for a compromise between comfortable and septic-safe, we recommend the less expensive Scott Extra Soft, Angel Soft, or Seventh Generation 100% Recycled. If you have kids or teens causing clogs by reeling too much off the roll, stick with one of these three to lower the chance you have to run for a plunger.
Our tests in this category also included two “tree-free” or bamboo toilet papers, which is probably more sustainable than paper made from trees. Once mature, bamboo grows so quickly it can be harvested over and over again, once every year, because it’s closer to a grass than a tree. Some varieties of trees take years to grow, although it’s hard to know exactly what trees go into making a particular roll of TP (certain types of eucalyptus trees also grow quickly). Unfortunately, one brand we tried was voted least soft, and the other brand consistently tested least absorbent (and a third brand was so much more expensive per square foot that we decided not to even include it).