I read the New York Times online every day. I look for news that I wouldn't find in my local paper, local television, or national news. Today I came across this article on the environmental impact of toilet paper: Mr. Whipple Left It Out: Soft Is Rough on Forests.
Even though I cloth diaper, I'm embarassed to say I've never really given toilet paper much thought. It gets flushed down the toilet and I don't see where it goes, so I think I'm able to imagine that it somehow has no environmental effect. I think a lot about the rest of the trash our household produces: we try to buy products with minimal packaging, we reuse items whenever we can, we donate what we can't use instead of throwing it away, and we recycle everything we can.
So why haven't I given toilet paper any thought? Now I'll have to.