Upcycling Toilet Paper Rolls & Solutions for a Toxic World

We had a full studio this week, including a nice balance of testosterone with two of our favorite green dudes in the house. Ed Brown, producer/director of Unacceptable Levels, a documentary about our contaminated world, does a great job of creating awareness and helping guide us to real-world solutions. Our other Green Dude was Antonio Cernuto, Founder and CEO of Pur2o and our favorite healthy water guy. Ed and Antonio were like long-lost buddies on the same trail to help us navigate this crazy contaminated world we all live in.

Listen to this week’s Green Divas Radio Show podcast or have fun reading the highlights below! ;)

Green Diva Mizar is on a roll . . . no, literally . . .

GD Mizar and I sat earlier this week to plan the show and when we got to her DIY segment, I ran out to the recycling and gathered up all the toilet paper and paper towels cardboard rolls I’ve been hoarding. I had wanted to do a GD crafty project with them to make a holiday thing, but the moment passed and there they sat, much to my husband’s continuing horror. I knew I could count on Mizar to figure out what to do with them, so here you have it  . . .

Who knew? When you Google, “number of toilet paper rolls in US”, you get about 3.5 million results. USA Today stated that there are 17 billion toilet paper tubes produced annually in the USA and account for 160 million pounds of trash.

So, what can we do with all these toilet paper rolls (and paper towel rolls too)?

Listen to GD Mizar’s DIY Adventures segment on TP and PT rolls

Read the post for simple step-by-step instructions for two fun and easy ideas: small gift boxes and seedling pots

Feature Interview: Ed Brown, Filmmaker

Filmmaker, Ed Brown & Water Wizard Antonio Cernuto

We were introduced to Ed by Mariel Hemingway because the two of them are currently working on a film about GMOs . . . stay tuned for more on that! Meanwhile he has been very busy promoting and distributing his award-winning documentary, Unacceptable Levels, which dives into the reality of the toxins in our world and their effect on our health. I have not seen the whole film, but the trailer is riveting and the lineup of experts that appear in the film is very compelling.

Ed is really the most compelling aspect of the film. He talked about how the film is born of a very personal desire to examine, understand and fix (if possible) the toxic world we find ourselves in. He and his wife and their 2.5 (yes, he talked about the new one on the way – congrats to he and Lauren!), provide the real-world passion to create a safer environment to hatch and grow our babies.

He is so much fun and it is not a shock that he has a background as a stand up comic. Can’t wait to finally see Unacceptable Levels and see what he and Mariel come up with for his next film project! Stay tuned . . .

Green Dude Report: Antonio Cernuto on Water Treatment Solutions

Antonio started off by making our jaws drop, when he stated that only 3% of the world’s water is potable. I made him repeat it, because I’m not sure I knew that – or if I did, I blocked it out. THAT is a scary statistic! Antonio is dedicated to helping provide clean and healthy water through his company, Pur2o. There is a lot we don’t know about the water we drink. It is a little scary to hear, but when we learn that there are ways to mitigate the dangers, it helps.

Listen to this 5-min segment with Green Dude Antonio on Clean Water


Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

Cool idea, thanks!!!!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

thanks. I keep a big box in the craft room specially for paper towel rolls, gift wraps rolls and toilet paper rolls.

Garnet Jenny Fulton
Past Member 3 years ago

Some really great ideas to use until the toilet paper and paper towel companies decided to go completely roll-less... I remember seeing a commercial, but have not seen such a product in the store...has anyone else? http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/10/the_roll-less_toilet_paper_rol.html

Mary L.
Mary L.3 years ago

great idea! Thanks!

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

very cool,thanks!!!

Diane Piecara
Diane Piecara3 years ago

I think I'll get started on the seedlings. Thanks.

Jeannie Fuchs
Jeannie Fuchs3 years ago

WOW cool idea, we are always forgetting to put them out with the Card Boards to recycle so this can come in handy.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence3 years ago

What super ideas - thank YOU!!!

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago


Laura M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Cool. Thanks!