Is Paper Vegan? Toilet Paper & Cardboard

Is paper vegan? Can vegans use paper? Let’s find out.

Can you imagine how different your day would be without paper! Well, today we’re going to discover how paper is made and see if vegans can use it or not.

We use paper for countless things in our everyday lives, including newsprint, magazines, schoolbooks, photocopies, computer printers, envelopes, stamps, tissue and sanitary products, bags, boxes, containers, food packaging, gift wrap, wallpaper, disposable dishes, lampshades, and as an art medium.

How is Paper Made?

The process for making paper was invented in China in the second century A.D., and all paper was made one sheet at a time until 1798. With the Industrial Revolution and the papermaking machine, papermaking became a major industry that provides countless
products, from books and newspapers to packaging and note pads.

Paper has been made from a wide variety of materials — wood pulp, rice, water plants, cotton, even old clothes! But no matter what you use to make paper — you need “fiber.”

Today’s paper fiber comes mainly from three sources — byproducts from the sawmilling process, pulpwood logs and recycled paper products. In fact, much of the paper we use every day is a blend of new and recycled fiber.

Besides the fibres, pulps may contain fillers such as chalk or china clay, which improve its characteristics for printing or writing.

Is Paper Vegan?

So, is it vegan? Is paper vegan friendly? Yes. Paper is vegan, as it is made with plant based ingredients.

Paper made on machines does not contain any chemical made from any animal.

In very old days ( couple of centuries back) some chemicals made from animals were used in handmade papers.


Is Toilet Paper Vegan?

Do you know if you’ve been using vegan toilet paper?

The answer may shock you, most popular toilet papers are not vegan or cruelty free.

Because some toilet papers may actually contain animal ingredients like gelatin to bind the fibers.

Is Cardboard Vegan?

Yes, cardboard is vegan. It’s made from tree pulp, which is a plant-based material, and the process of turning that pulp into cardboard doesn’t usually involve any animal products.

However, some types of cardboard or paper products might be treated with chemicals or finishes that could potentially be derived from animal sources.

For example, some types of glossy paper or cardboard might be coated with a finish that contains gelatin.

If you’re concerned about whether a specific cardboard product is vegan, you might want to contact the manufacturer to ask about their production process.

But in general, most cardboard can be considered vegan.


Paper is vegan friendly. It doesn’t generally contain animal products or by-products, but there are many different papers so animal products can’t be ruled out.


Please note that we always strive to make sure the information about products is always as accurate as possible. However, because products are regularly changed, the product information, ingredients may occasionally change.

I am Jennifer, a fervent animal lover, and a dedicated vegan. Am the person behind the I offer insights, advice, and personal stories that have inspired many in their journey towards a plant-based lifestyle. My journey into veganism has also been coupled with a love for writing. I used this passion to share my vegan experiences, to educate others about the benefits of plant-based living, and to advocate for animal rights. Find out more about me on the about page.