Congratulations to you, bidet user, for you’ve decided that saving water, saving trees and saving toilet paper are all things worth doing by using your bidet! You might as well go to the costume store and strap a cape around your neck because you’re a freaking super hero!
If you haven’t purchased a bidet yet, not to worry, I’m sure a local costume store has a good supply of super hero capes.
There has been increasing talks about what bidets are and how eco-friendly they can be. If you’re eco-conscious or disappointed in your toilet paper usage, earn your cape by getting a bidet.
Let’s first talk about trees, those big green oxygen producing machines! I’m no hippie, but I would say saving trees is a pretty big priority considering they make our AIR. What monster would want to destroy something so beautiful and use it to clean unmentionables from between their crack? I will remind you that dingle berries are not found on any bush or tree in nature.
So how is toilet paper made? Tree pulp is mixed with large amounts of water, chlorine and other chemicals in order to produce the poo napkins we call toilet paper. This process also requires huge amounts of electricity to press, roll and heat dry the fanny towels.
A single roll of toilet paper requires 37 gallons of water, 1.3 kilowatt/hours (KWh) of electricity and some 1.5 pounds of wood pulp.
Those are just the stats per roll; the numbers look far more daunting when you compare to the use of the entire United States!
- 36.5 billion rolls of tp used annually
- The average American uses 50# of tp annually, or 57 squares per day
- A family of four would need to purchase an 18 pack of tp roughly every 18 days
- Said family would need to buy tp 20 times per year at a total cost of $180
- TP production requires some 15 million trees to be pulped annually.
If you want more toilet paper numbers, check this article from Scientific American. Last I checked, scientists were pretty smart guys and should probably be listened to.
Okay, so we get the fact that bidets are a forest friendly product and will save trees but does this have an even bigger impact? Well yes, there are creatures on this planet that are not human, believe it or not. These creatures need trees as a habitat and food source for countless species across the globe.
This means that bidet use actually combats deforestation. Feel like earning your cape yet?
Now, you might be thinking, “Well the bidet uses water to clean you off, that’s wasteful!” I would add that a bidet uses less water, roughly ½ a cup per use compared to the 37 gallons used to create the SINGLE roll of tp. Not only that, but packages of tushy cloth takes up a LOT of transportation space on trucks for manufacturing and retail outlets. Less toilet paper sales would mean for a lot less trucks and train out there contributing to carbon emissions.
It is true that bidets will never fully phase out toilet paper despite using less water. Even with the most sophisticated bidets on the market many users will still feel comfortable grabbing a few squares of crack handkerchief to pat-dry themselves. This is fine, but we would ask our super hero bidet users to consider the many eco-friendly toilet paper options now emerging on the market.
Products like Whogivesacrap are one of many forest friendly products that push for renewable and natural waste cleanup products.
Now let’s run through a typical drop-off scenario in the bathroom. You handle your business, clean up with the bidet and reach for a handful of butt paper for a solid 1-2 cleanup punch. You find that you only need to wipe once instead of 3 or more times! How many of us were potty-trained to basically keep wiping until the paper is clean? Using the bidet you will save toilet paper and significantly reduce the amount you use each trip to the can.
What if I told you that water can’t clog a toilet?
Let’s take this a step further to the FLUSH. That white wad of cranny blanket you just flushed is going to end up in your pipes and/or septic system. I just love scrambling for a plunger as I see that poop water rising towards the rim, don’t you? It’s simple, less toilet paper in your pipes or septic means less clogs.
You think buying wet-wipes or “flushable wipes” will make you immune to clogs and backups? I advise you to look up an image of a fatberg. A fatberg is literally a massive block of paper, plastic and other unmentionables that get stuck together with the fat and oils that end up in pipes. These things get to be the size of cars and weigh several tons!