Never Flush Tissues Down Drain
Never flush tissues down the drain because they do not break down like toilet paper. Instead, tissues will go on to clog screens at the water treatment plant.
Only Empty Boxes
Tissue boxes are made out of cardboard, so they can be recycled alongside larger cardboard packages. Find out more.
Remove the Plastic Liners
Tissue boxes often contain plastic liners; remove the plastic liners to reduce contamination, and then recycle the empty boxes with cardboard.
Ways to Reduce
Use a Handkerchief
Consider purchasing a few washable handkerchiefs, so you can use them instead of tissues, which end up in landfills.
Buy Eco-Friendly Brands
At the store, look for brands that use a greater percentage of recycled paper in making their tissue paper. Brands that make tissues with 80 percent or more recycled paper include Green Forest, Seventh Generation, 365 (Whole Foods), Natural Value, Earth Friendly and Trader Joe’s.
Ways to Reuse
Plastic Bag Holder
Store loose plastic bags in an empty tissue box, and keep the box under the sink, so you can keep these bags in reach.
Collect and Store Money
An empty tissue box is an excellent makeshift collection box for deposits and small bills. Craft it into a deposit box for a bake sale, charity event or tip jar.