Toilet paper is something most of us use daily without much consideration. But what we’re actually doing is wiping our bottoms with mashed trees and then flushing them down the drain. Pretty wasteful, to say the least. There are alternatives that are not as gross as you might think.
How to make the change
Switch to cloth toilet paper. You can make your own out of flannel fabric or buy ready made from etsy, for example. If this seems like a huge deal, start with only using it for #1, and when you feel comfortable enough, move on to #2 as well. Isn’t that gross? Well, it doesn’t have to be if you wash yourself with a little water first, either in your bath, shower, with a jug of water or if you’re lucky enough to own a bidet. There are also bidet sprays that are installable on any toilet. Many people who tried the cloth/water method swear by it, and actually claim that it’s more hygienic than only using paper. When the cloth wipes run out you just throw them in the laundry with your other stuff, no extra detergent or water needed.
Why make the change?
Worldwide, a whooping 27 000 trees are flushed or sent to landfills daily after being used as toilet paper. If we all used water or cloth wipes instead a lot less trees would be sacrificed. Recycled toilet paper can contain BPA and other chemicals, which can act as endocrine disruptors and have been linked to cancer, diabetes and other health problems. Not having to buy toilet paper each month will also save you money.
Be a climate ninja
If you own a house or a summer house, install a composting toilet. This way, you’ll be able to use the brown stuff for good purposes, like gardening. Or just bury it, and let it nourish the soil like it’s meant to. And, if you are out in nature why not try the simple freedom of doing your business outdoors, drying off with a leaf for example?
How to switch to cloth wipes