The Issue With Tissue | The NRDC Scorecard of At-Home Tissue Products

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Want to learn more about the tissue products you buy? Know which products are best for the planet? The answers are here, in this BUYER’S GUIDE TO THE SUSTAINABILITY OF AT-HOME TISSUE PRODUCTS created by the National Resource Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group established in 1970 to confront the climate crisis, protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places, and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.

Read about the methodology used in this scorecard for grading U.S. toilet paper, paper towel, and facial tissue brands. This year’s scorecard includes brands on the market in July 2022 and is based on data from product websites, product packaging, and company communications.

The scorecard includes the flagship brands from the three tissue companies with the largest market shares in the United States: Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, and Georgia-Pacific. Given that private-label products (store brands) cumulatively constitute another substantial portion of the marketplace, the 2022 scorecard includes a wide selection of these products as well. To provide a representative cross section of the range of recycled and alternative fiber tissue products available to U.S. consumers, we added additional tissue brands made primarily from recycled material and from bamboo.

Courtesy of NRDC and the Philmont Climate Smart Task Force.