Hands down, brown tissue wins over white when it comes to caring and protecting your family and the environment.
As a mum who values good hygiene, you are never without tissue paper. A pack or roll of tissue is always on hand for swabbing spills, blowing the nose, wiping away tears and removing spaghetti sauce from your child’s cheek.
What, when and how to wipe with tissue, however, should not be the only concerns in your quest for cleanliness and family protection.
You should also consider the kind of tissue that you use and question if it genuinely aids in your family’s health and well-being.
Brown is better than white
White tissue, which is widely available, might look pristine and germ-free. But do not be fooled by its appearance. It is white largely because paper companies bleach their tissue products using copious chemicals and compounds like chlorine and chlorine dioxide.
This whitening process improves the tissue paper’s look, texture, strength and shelf life. But, unknown to many, it is doubly damaging as it produces toxic, cancer-causing substances like dioxins that pollute the environment and induce sickness.
The US Environmental Protection Agency describes dioxin as a “serious public health threat.” Exposure to it in high levels is associated with diabetes, cancer, heart disease and increased risk of birth defects.
Similarly, chlorine has been linked to birth defects, diabetes, immune system impairment, endometriosis, decreased fertility and reproduction dysfunction in both men and women.
Many bleached and recycled toilet paper have likewise been found to contain bisphenol A or BPA, an industrial chemical, and formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, which can irritate the skin and trigger infection and illness.
As a sensible and caring mom, you definitely do not want your family to be using chemical-laden tissues and wiping and absorbing harmful substances onto their bodies.
You want them to be clean, not contaminated. That is why you should ditch the white tissues and switch to the brown, unbleached type, pronto.
In stark contrast to the whites, brown tissue and toilet paper are completely natural. The brown color of the tissues is testament to the untouched wood or plant pulp the paper is made from.
Free from harmful chemicals and toxins, unbleached tissue is gentle on the skin, and is safe and suitable to use on adults and babies alike.
Even more impressive are the “tree-less” brown tissues made from bamboo that are innately healthy and efficient, and let users contribute to environmental protection.
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