Saturday, January 9, 2010

Stock Up Shopping

Do you guys remember my post from last Saturday? It was all about toilet paper! Mom was having a hard time deciding which toilet paper brand to buy, how much, and from where. Can you believe that someone would spend that much time obsessing about toilet paper? Thankfully, Mom finally decided on a brand, an amount, and a store. She ordered it, along with some facial tissue, on Wednesday and it arrived yesterday.

That's a whole lotta toilet paper! 48 jumbo rolls to be exact. Seventh Generation was the winner and it contains 100% recycled content, with 80% of it post-consumer. These numbers didn't jive to me so I asked Mom to explain them to me.

Recycled content means pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled fiber. Post-consumer is more desirable but not always available or economically viable. Post-consumer is made from materials collected and recycled after they have reached their original end use, like the paper you put in your recycling container at home. Pre-consumer is made from scraps left over from the manufacture of paper products.
These 48 rolls came from amazon.com. They cost $49.55 and qualified for free shipping, plus no tax. The bottom line cost is a little over $1.03 per roll. The best part about buying them this way? There is no plastic! Even though each roll is wrapped individually in paper, this paper can (and will) be recycled. The cardboard tubes from each roll will be recycled, as will the box the rolls came in. The only waste from this box is the plastic on top of the box that held the packing list.

You guys remember Alice, don't you? She has been emailing Mom to purchase more Vaska laundry detergent for over a month now. Mom has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Method laundry detergent (which hits the market this Monday), but Alice had a great deal on Vaska this month so Mom decided to place an order. While she was on the Alice site, she checked to see which brands of facial tissue were available. Can you guess which brand Mom ordered?

Seventh Generation won again! Like the toile paper, the facial tissue contains 100% recycled content, with 80% of it post-consumer. Mom order 10 boxes for $15.80 plus tax (7.6%). Alice never charges for shipping so the bottom line cost is $1.70 per box. The EarthAware packing material is made from recycled plastic and Mom will be reusing it when she has packages to send. The only waste from this box is the plastic at the top of each box of tissue. Mom will remove the plastic from each box, take the plastic to the plastic bag recycling center at the grocery store, and put the box itself in our reycling container.

Mom decided that I needed to help put all the stuff away. Me? I'm not going to use any of this stuff so why do I have to help? I should have kept my mouth shut because instead of helping, Mom put me on top of the toilet paper box. Potty mouth on top of potty paper. How appropriate!

15 comments:

dw said...

Stubby, I'm glad your mom finally made a TP decision! And you look terrific on top of the box!! You're like the king of the mountain!

Stubby said...

Hi dw! It took her a long time, didn't it? She over thinks and over analyzes everthing. She's such a Capricorn!

I was not happy to be on top of the box because I couldn't get down. In my younger days, I'd jump right down but now forget it. I guess I'm king of the toilet paper mountain!

Stubby xoxo

RILEY AND STAR said...

Hi Stubby,

Wow, now that's a lot of t.p.! We never did see so much t.p. Our favorite thing to tear up i s t.p.!

We're gonna tell our mommy about this great deal. Yippee!

Luv,
Riley and Star.

Don't be a Stranger, come by and see us.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Stubby
Have you checked out how chewable and tearable it is??
I was happy for your explanation to know the TP had not previously been used- you know- like recycled!
love
tweedles

Deborah said...

Stubby, I remember that post! Seventh generation is a good brand. Let us know how you like it next Saturday!!!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Stubby
I thought of one more thing.
Does it come off the roll real fast- so that when I grab it- I can run down the stairs before anyone catchs me? Ok, I know your checking on the digestable part!
love
tweedles

Sequoia & Petunia said...

You look super cute on the TP box Stubby! Fearless. :)

Stubby said...

Hi Riley & Star! I sure all that t.p. lasts a long time so that Mom doesn't have to agonize over ordering more.

I've never torn up some t.p. but I'm going to try it today. I hope your mom orders this great deal but tell her that you won't tear it up (wink, wink).

Stubby xoxo

Pee-s: I added you guys to my sidebar so I follow all your adventures!

Stubby said...

Hi Tweedles! You crack me up! I didn't realize that tp was so much fun to play. I now see what I've been missing all this time.

I'm glad I explained the recycled part because I don't want you to think that Mom uses tp that someone else has already used - yuk!

I'm sure the tp comes off the roll really fast so that you can run down the stairs. What's a Tweedle to do? Run really fast so no one will catch you!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Deborah! I knew you'd remember that post. Seventh Generation is a good brand - from their products, to their environmental policies, to how they treat their employees.

Great idea to post about how Mom likes it next Saturday!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Sequoia & Tuni! I look fearless on top of the tp box? That's great! I sure didn't feel fearless. I felt like I was going to tip over. I started to wobble and then Mom felt sorry for me, so she put me on the floor.

Stubby xoxo

Stella, Gunther & Betty said...

Whew tough decision. Truly. Now, don't get yourself in trouble by grabbin' the end of the roll and running through the house. Not that I'd know anything about that...

Snorts,
Gunther

Stubby said...

Hi Gunther! I find it hard to believe that you' grab the toilet paper and run through the house. Not you. Maybe Betty, but not Gunther.

Stubby xoxo

Melissa and Emmitt said...

LOL stubby!
you look so cute on top of that box!
seventh generation is a great company. we have used their products before and always like them.
xoxoxo
m & e

Stubby said...

Hi Melissa & Emmitt! Mom wants me in every picture she takes but I just don't like the camera. She scooped me up, put me up there and then I cried.

Mom is loving all the Seventh Generation products. They are a great company and they promote a great cause.

Stubby xoxo