Becoming more Earth Friendly: Toilet Paper
Updated: Jan 30, 2022
I read an interesting article about toilet paper recently … of all things 😆 ... by NRDC.org and I was disturbed by the fact that Charmin (the kind we use) was not being made in a responsible way… still clear cutting forests. Toilet paper is generally bad for the environment, bad for plumbing, bad for energy consumption. I went to the website “Who gives a Crap” (great name!) and placed my first order. I was impressed that I can set up a reoccurring order (every 3 months) and the triple ply was comparable in price to Charmin. Figured you guys may want to check it out too so I will link it here. The United States is the largest consumer of toilet paper in the world; Germany and the UK are close behind in per capita use.
They donate half their profits to sanitation charities around the world… double win! Read the full article "The Issue with Tissue" and learn more about what is happening. It's fascinating!
Image credit goes to NRDC as mentioned above.
Toilet paper is marketed as a way to clean up after pooping, but it may not actually be the most hygenic. This brings us to the topic of using a bidet. People use bidets to clean themselves after using the bathroom in western Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. It's more environmentally friendly because it uses only one-eighth of a gallon of water, while it takes about 37 gallons of water to make a single roll of toilet paper. (Gasp!) Americans use approximately 34 million rolls of toilet paper A DAY. Switching to a bidet seat or bidet attachment can lower your spending and save some of the 384 trees that are cut down to make a single person's lifetime toilet-paper supply. If you are using a bidet properly, and if your bidet is of high quality, you should not have to use toilet paper to wipe yourself clean. A high-quality bidet will clean your backside more thoroughly than any amount of smearing and wiping. But, you may want to use a small amount of toilet paper to dry yourself.
Alternately, you might be thinking that wet wipes are right in the middle between the two, right? Wrong. Constantly wiping can irritate the skin and can still leave residue, because you're really just smearing with paper. Wet wipes are harmful to the ocean and can cause sewer damage to your home. We all "go" everyday... so what a mighty impact it will make when we put our money toward toilet paper that is made responsibly and/or invest in a bidet. Help spread the word!
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