buy for good

Marian Parsonsa slice of life35 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Who Gives a Crap?  I know…hang in there with me.  I promise that this is an awesome sponsored post and you’ll be glad you stuck around for it.

When the e-mail arrived in my inbox inquiring about a collaboration with a toilet paper company called Who Gives a Crap, I’ll be honest, my first response was something like, “I cannot see myself writing an entire post about toilet paper.”  But, I’ve learned to follow my curiosity and resist assumptions, so I clicked over to the website to check it out for myself.  After reading about their mission, I was sold and I felt like my readers would be, too.

In their words, this is why they do what they do…

“We’re determined to prove that toilet paper is about more than just wiping bums. We make all of our products with environmentally friendly materials, and we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets for those in need. To date, we’ve donated over $1.8m Aussie dollars (that’s the equivalent of over $1,300,000!) to charity and saved a heck of a lot of trees, water, and energy. Not bad for a toilet paper company, eh?”

Did you know that roughly 40% of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a toilet?  While a toilet might seem like a creature comfort, almost 300,000 children die each year from diseases due to poor sanitation.  And, man…in a world where we have so much technology, connectivity, industry, and wealth, that’s just staggering and sad.

And, we are so far removed from it.  We have FOUR toilets in our house alone!  For four of us!  And I will confess to being whiney and put-out when I’ve needed to use a well-maintained outhouse for a very limited period of time on trips and my biggest anxiety when traveling to China was not having access to a western toilet.

So, reading about Who Gives a Crap gave me pause, and in that pause, I reflected on my own spoiled nature in the area of insisting on, and even expecting, pristine facilities whenever I need them.

It’s good to ponder these things, but the solution isn’t to wallow but to take action and make a difference.  And, what is an easier way to act than buying toilet paper?  If you and I are going to buy it anyway, why not buy it for good?

While the mission is compelling, I will state that I’m not going to buy and use 1-ply, non-quilted, scratchy paper akin to what you find in roadside restrooms; the cheapest of the cheap that you have to pull off the roll by the yard.  I’d rather donate money and use proper toilet paper.

But, that isn’t the case with Who Gives a Crap.  The toilet paper is made from 100% recycled material, it’s 3-ply, soft, and quilted.

And, since TP is a preference thing, if you don’t like it they offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

I have ordered all manner of things online and have had them delivered to my door…  medicine, meals, clothes, electronics, furniture, art supplies, tile, a bathtub, and even a toilet…but I hadn’t thought about ordering my toilet paper online.  The thing I like about having it delivered to my door, in a big box of 48 rolls, is that I don’t have to try to fit a huge pack of TP in my shopping cart, displacing the room I need for other groceries.  Or, I put it on the cart’s bottom shelf only to have it slide out as the cart is jostled over pavement (or through slush) on the way to the car.  It happens to me every time.

As a little bonus, Who Gives a Crap (as you may have guessed) has a good sense of humor.  Jeff and the boys were entertained by the box, the toilet paper wrappers and threw in their own witty remarks.

I was listening to an audiobook on my morning walk on the topic of original thinking and it came to mind as I wrote this post.  The people behind Who Gives a Crap saw a problem (communities, families, and individuals without access to toilets ) and they came up with a simple solution – sell toilet paper online and donate 50% of their profits to build toilets.  I admire them as creative thinkers, action-takers, and a business with a clear, beautiful, and compelling reason for doing what they are doing.

And I want to support that.

How about you?

To help build toilets and have TP delivered right to your door, you can get $10 off your first Who Gives a Crap order HERE.


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35 Comments on “buy for good”

  1. What an amazing idea and mission.
    Off to see if they deliver to Italy!

    PS the emergency roll thing was hilarious 🙂

  2. Well I have to say you have done a lot of sponsored posts in your time but this one was really ingenious! You mentioned that this Aussie company gives part of its profits to building toilets for those in need. I was wondering if they do this world-wide or in just certain countries? Believe it or not, there are still rural, poor communities in the U.S. where people don’t have indoor plumbing.

    When I was a little girl, my great-grandparents didn’t have indoor toilets until I was a teenager. They had a outdoor “Johnny House” as it was called back then. It was a little dark and scary for a child and I always wondered why my great-grandmother had the most beautiful roses all around the out-building. It wasn’t until I was older that I figured it out! That natural fertilizer those roses were getting was the secret!!

    1. Teresa, they donate to non-profit organizations who are working to improve access to hygiene, water and basic sanitation in developing countries. They don’t list all of those countries, though. It sounds like they are trying to work where there is the greatest known need, but you’re right! There are needs everywhere!

  3. First thought: idea. Second thought: but how does that work for the environment if this product is being shipped from I don´t know where to my country? So third thought: Check out the website! And yes, they deliver to my country (germany), but from the UK! For FOUR TIMES the price I pay at my local discounter!!!! Wow. That´s a lot more. Just to be fair I checked where my local discounter produces its “100% -out-of-recycled-material-3-layered toiletpaper: in germany! Good. 48 rolls for 13€ (approx. 15$). Okay, they don´t donate toilets, but in my opinion that´s a lot of donating for a product that causes damage to the environment just because I don´t want to carry toilet paper out of the store. So I´d rather be conscious about where my product comes from and how much waste it causes to get to my front door and donate money directly to a purpose of my choice. 1 star for the creative idea. Sorry…

    1. I understand. Everyone has to set their own priorities on how and why they purchase products, but it’s nice to be aware of this particular problem and how WGAC is working to meet those needs.

  4. The idea is wonderful and extremely clever. My concern is that I have a septic and three ply would have me hiring a company to dig up the septic in a short while. I found a toilet paper that dissolves easily, one ply and comes 80/box. Not sure how the price compares, but that is not as much of a concern for me as the environmental issue at my house.

    1. They do have an option of thinner paper (and I wonder if that is the reason.) Of course, you only want to use what’s going to work with your septic system. It is not worth messing with that, even for a good cause!! 🙂

  5. I’m IN! I love to be able to make a tiny bit of difference in the world, even if it costs me a bit more.
    Besides- who doesn’t get a chuckle out of seeing a roll of toilet paper labelled “Who Gives a Crap”? Can’t wait to see the reaction on my grandsons’ faces when they see this 🙂

  6. I’ve been having my toilet paper delivered via Amazon’s Subscriber ‘N Save program for years now. It is SO convenient! I hated that every time I needed to buy toilet paper I would end up in the store giving myself a headache trying to decide which was the best deal. (I’m not brand-loyal.) When I found out that I could set it up online to be DELIVERED AUTOMATICALLY – I found a brand/price I could live with and have never looked back.

    1. I know! I don’t know why I didn’t think of having it delivered before. I just always bought it at the store, so that’s just what I kept doing!

  7. Makes me think of my deceased husband. If I brought home toilet paper that did not meet his standards his comment would be, ” John Wayne paper, rough and ready and won`t take no crap”. I miss him and his one liners. I hope someone that reads this will get a chuckle.

    1. Aw, that sounds like something my father-in-law would say. I told him this paper would be right up his alley!

  8. Going to their website now to check it all out.

    LOVE this post – you make me so happy.

    I laughed so loudly when I read the emergency roll quip – so hilarious.

    BTW- I have been buying (just did my 3rd order) from Grove Collaberative because of your lavender post – I am into their Free and Clear for dishes and the Mrs. Meyer’s lemon verbena scents for cleansers and Mrs M’s Rain Water for hand soap- I even got all the extra things like scrubbers and trays and buckets – I am actually enjoying cleaning now – the fresh scents are happy ones to be sure. Thanks for your posts teaching us about new things for the environment – really appreciate them, Marian. : – )

    1. Oh, good! Grove’s glass spray bottles are the best, too! I have a bunch that I use for cleaners I make from scratch (like my “soapy water” cleaner and vinegar/water mix.)

  9. My mother didn’t learn to drive till the 1930’s. She struck a deal with a woman who delivered toilet paper to house holds. My sister remembers sitting in the back seat of this big black car with piles and piles of toilet paper!
    Yes mother drove for 45 more years and never so much had any kind of accident. Well it helped that she never went over 45 miles per hour. lol

  10. This gave me pause at first, bpput it does apply to everyone! And I’m one who outfitted my toilets with bidets after reading a blog post!

  11. I tried to order with the MISS MUSTARD code, and it does not work! Very disappointed that the discount was not accepted. I wanted to try their products, but I guess not.

  12. I love this idea and they are so cute I love how the special edition ones you can let kids “roll” role play and have a stage it is such a green idea and I love the charity aspect. I never have been tempted to gift a large box of to but this would make excellent gifts to my kiddos who have small kids at home too cute love it

    1. Actually, I took most of them! I set the camera on a tripod and used a remote. For the ones where I was throwing the toilet paper up in the air, I set up the shot and my 10-year-old snapped the shutter as many times as he could! You just do what you gotta do!

    1. Yep! I gathered up just the blue ones for the picture on the shelf, but they come in different colors and patterns.

  13. It’s a good idea, but the rolls are $1.00 each before the shipping charge, plus the plane / boat / delivery truck fossil fuel and packaging used. I think I’ll need to stay with buying locally and donating time or money to a local charity each month instead.

  14. To all of those looking for the code, I clicked on the US flag at the bottom of the company page and the code popped up on the top in red. I hope that helps!

  15. Totally off subject but where did you get your apron. I am trying to find a pattern like that but if I could buy one that would be great too.

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