Think of this post in the same terms as you would Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” But minus the “g” and the “r.”
I’ve written quite a bit about the toilet paper in the past — the most eco-friendly brands
and the actual eco-impact
of the innocuous loo roll — but this bit of green home news truly blew me out of the bathwater:
A Bremerton, Washington-based start-up company called Turning a New Leaf will be launching a line of leaf-based toilet paper in mid-May. Although the leaf-as-TP concept
isn’t new to many campers and intrepid outdoorsmen and women, this is the first time it’s been introduced into the home.
According to a press release
issued by Turning a New Leaf, the toilet paper will be made from responsibly gathered leaves from deciduous forests in Washington State. After the leaves are collected, they'll go through a patented anti-decomposition and softening process as well as an oxygenated bleaching process before they are ground into a paste. The paste is then set in a mold in the shape of a maple leaf and left to dry. Once dried, the leaves are packaged like wet wipes or mini packs of tissue paper, not traditional toilet paper rolls.
Although the maple leaf is the only variety of leaf to be initially introduced, the company is thinking ahead. Says Turning a New Leaf spokesperson Jeffrey Stevens:
"To honor America’s vast variety of trees, a full line of limited edition 'State Wipes' will be launched in stages throughout the next three years. We anticipate beginning with the New Hampshire Paper Birch Wipes and California Giant Redwood Wipes. Our decision to begin with the maple leaf has nothing to do with anti-Canadian sentiment. We chose it because of the iconic shape and contours that will make personal use less uncomfortable."
According to Stevens, Turning a New Leaf TP is completely safe for standard sewage and septic systems and, of course, is 100 percent biodegradable.
This most-unusual toilet paper will retail for $4.99 for a pack of 30 wipes and will be available at most supermarkets and drugstores. Think you’ll try it out?