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The need to be green and not brown..

Postby Tracker » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:18 am

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An interesting article from the USofA, has generated some interesting facts, that we here in Oz, should consider... I quote Dr. Mercola..

When looking at some of the numbers for toilet paper usage in the US alone, the data is pretty shocking… the waste is enormous.

On an annual basis in the US, estimates range as high as…
* 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper used resulting in…
* 15 million trees pulped…
* 474 billion gallons of water consumed to produce the paper…
* 253,000 tons of chlorine applied in the bleaching process…
* 17.3 terawatts of electricity wasted

Talk about wasted resources… these are staggering losses that go on year-after-year in the US alone. But it looks even worse when broken down on a daily basis.

Here are the annual estimates from above calculated (divided by 365) for a day-to-day perspective…
* 100 million rolls of toilet paper used resulting in…
* 41 thousand trees pulped…
* 1.3 billion gallons of water consumed to produce the paper…
* 693 tons of chlorine applied in the bleaching process…
* 47 thousand megawatts of electricity wasted

All this data provides even more motivation to find ways to eliminate or at least cut back on toilet paper usage. Wouldn’t you agree?

By using excessive amounts of toilet paper, not only are you practicing a bathroom habit that does not provide optimum hygiene, you are negatively impacting the environment.

http://products.mercola.com/toilet-bidet/?source=nl

It's a delicate subject to discuss in any forum, but it's one that should be thought about, when there are simple solutions that can make a large difference, both to the individual, the local environment, and the entire climate.. I have had one of these for over 10 years !

Oi ! and you don't see too many Europeans scratching themselves.. :oops: There is a good reason ! :idea:

So - Are you Green or Brown ?.
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Re: The need to be green and not brown..

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:25 am

Bidets turn perfectly good drinking water into something rather different, just like flushing the toilet really, a HUGE waste of water! How about using 100% recycled toilet paper (no trees cut down) and no water at all with a composting toilet, thats what I do.
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Re: The need to be green and not brown..

Postby bpratt » Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:20 pm

Bidet's would be great, but a great waste of drinking water as Gordon has said.

Clearly water is the best way to clean up afterwards, so where practical and possible you "lay a cable" before you have a shower/bath, and doing a general clean with the "mother in laws birthday gift wrapping material" to wipe out the "Klingons around Uranus".

You only have to hear the rolls rattling in some toilets to know that people just spool out 'miles' of paper for no real benefit to anyone, other than their own simple minds thinking lots of paper = clean bum.


Counting the squares is one way to educate the family on using a great deal less paper than they currently do, and compare the 10 or 12 squares or more they used to use per wipe, to what they can get down to.

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Re: The need to be green and not brown..

Postby Inspector » Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:19 pm

Some people must think that "more layers" means they're further away from the "germs"...

We could all use junk mail and newspaper (although it's likely to clog up the sewer pipes). That way it's getting two uses and also you're not flushing as much money down the toilet :)
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Re: The need to be green and not brown..

Postby frankjo25 » Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:28 am

recycled newspaper should be made into toilet paper, i guess that would help :)
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Re: The need to be green and not brown..

Postby Smurf1976 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:10 pm

frankjo25 wrote:recycled newspaper should be made into toilet paper, i guess that would help :)

You can already buy recycled toilet paper. At least one of the major supermarkets sells it (not certain about the other major chain) and no doubt it's available elsewhere too.

It's not as white as the big name stuff, but perfectly adequate for the job.
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Re: The need to be green and not brown..

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:03 pm

Been using the recycled ones for years here, and also now you can buy bamboo + cotton paper with no dead trees in it... unfortunately it has lots of errm, poo miles :lol: , being imported from China
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