Monday, April 26, 2010
Thinking Green in the Loo
According to TreeHugger, the media outlet that likes to consider themselves as the "one stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information," we use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper per year. That's a lot of wiping! To make matters worse, Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says, "Using toilet paper from virgin wood is worse for the environment than driving a Hummer." Apparently millions of trees and hundreds of thousands of gallons of water are used in the paper-making preocess.
Photo by Don Treeger / The Republican
Flo and Rich Newman pose with some of the items from their toilet paper collection.
I never knew there was so much interest in toilet tissue. In Amherst, Massachusetts there is The Toilet Paper Museum. I encourage you to click on that link--you won't believe it.
And then of course, celebrities feel compelled to excrete their opinions on the matter. Cheryl Crow tells us on her website that Charmin's research indicates that the average person uses 8.5 squares of toilet tissue per "sitting," or a total of 57 squares per day. She proposes that we cut back to two squares per "incident." I'm sure some congressman in Washington will see fit to get legislation passed to that effect....not sure how they would monitor and enforce that one! Maybe everyone would have a "sheet counter" installed on each toilet tissue dispenser in their home which would be wired into their local police station's computer's. Pity the poor patrolman on the "t.p. beat"--talk about a crappy job!
A fellow by the name of Josh Madison did an analysis of his personal use of toilet paper over the course of a year, keeping track of how much he used in the average week, the cost, etc. Click here to check that out!
Right about now, whether saving money or the environment is your concern, you're probably wondering what the politically correct method of using toilet paper is and how can you use less. Well, folks, have no fear: below is a video on how to correctly and economically wipe!
And if that doesn't help you save conserve sufficiently, here's one that shows you the correct way to use just ONE square!
Aw, hell, maybe a bidet is the answer! Squat and splash, rinse and run!