I have been a vegan for 4 years and I have never heard of this
But I was just told (rather rudely) by a boy whose father makes toilet paper that they use horse glue in the production of their paper products
His father works for Kimberly-Clark. Their brands include but are not limited to:
They have a load of other brands that are sold outside of the U.S. You can look them up here: http://www.kimberly-clark.com
I strongly suggest everyone to boycott these brands. How disturbing it is to find this out after so long.
Spread it like wildfire.
Ouch. Fucking hell.
I wonder if this is only in the US, or also in other countries?…
Yeah, no, don’t spread it like wildfire
So, my dad was in town this weekend (go with me here folks, it’s relevant I promise). You guys may not know this but Green Bay (where I grew up) is a HUGE papermaking town and like most people, my family is in the paper making industry.
I worked in the plants in college (in packaging not production) and I have friends who’ve worked for Fort Howard/James River/Georgia Pacific. It’s like the biggest employer in town. Kimberly Clark is just up the road in Marinette and there are tons of other small companies too. Everyone knows someone who works for the plants.
Anyway my dad has worked in the paper industry for 36 years as an accountant and manager and I couldn’t resist asking him about this. He made his ‘what the fuck’ face at me and said the following (paraphrased):
In all my years in the industry, I’ve never heard of anyone using horse glue in paper products. Keeping in mind that I work in medical paper where the rules are stricter, but it doesn’t make sense to add horse glue to paper products. Very few paper products actually have adhesive additives in them.
Paper is made with fibers from trees and the strength of the bond between fibers comes from the type of wood used. Basically every wood fiber has little tentacles that hold onto other fibers. This is how paper sticks together. While the pulp may be bleached or exposed to chemicals to loosen the fibers, it doesn’t need a glue to hold it together. The natural fibers of the wood do this for you if you do a competent job of making paper.
The only exception is recycled paper. Since the little tentacles of the fibers come off when it is recycled multiple times, I have heard of some people experimenting with other things to hold it together. It is possible, though I’d still say HIGHLY unlikely, that someone out there is using horse glue in recycled paper products.
But if every roll of standard toilet paper needed some kind of horse glue to hold it together, I would have heard of it by now. Billions of rolls of toilet paper are produced by Kimberly Clark worldwide a year and you would be talking about tons of horse glue. Where are these horses coming from? They would need to kill millions of horses. While there are trade secrets in the industry so I can’t make any guarantees about what exactly is in a KC product, it doesn’t make sense. I would have heard about it from someone or seen it at a conference or a publication or something. You can’t sneak that by an accountant. Who do you think would have made sure the horse glue company got paid?
So there you go vegan friends.