From facial tissues to paper towels, we generally advocate replacing disposable products with reusable alternatives. But if you like to keep some of the paper stuff around (and then, of course, there's the issue of toilet paper), you might be interested in NRDC's recently-updated Shopper's Guide to Home Tissue Products.
The guide includes environmental ratings for household paper products including toilet paper, napkins, facial tissue, and paper towels. Ratings are based on the total percentage of recycled content, post-consumer content, and the bleaching process.
In all product categories, the Green Forest brand came out on top. Products to avoid include Kleenex and Puffs tissues, Charmin and Cottonelle toilet paper, Bounty and Viva paper towels, and Bounty and Kleenex napkins.
Check out the guide for more details. It's available online and as a printable PDF:
• A Shopper's Guide to Home Tissue Products