Your toilet paper is a rip-off

You already know it: the planet is getting wiped out.

One of the most well-known problems is deforestation, mostly caused by paper production. But we also cut dozn trees for toilet paper: about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) per person per year!

And this isn’t the only pain in the planet’s butt. The production of toilet paper involves many chemicals that make it non-recyclable, hardly biodegradable and water pollutants. In addition, manufacturing and shipping the rolls to your bathroom require energy (oil and electricity) which emits greenhouse gases. So, yes, all of this toilet paper is a rip-off!

 

However, you can dump toilet paper! Either you buy reusable baby wipes, or you do it yourself. After all: if it’s safe for kids, it is for adults too.

You will need about 12 to 24 wipes per person a week depending on how many times a day you go to the bathroom…

 

As for handkerchiefs, the disinfection of wipes is essential! Immediately after using one, put the wipe into a bucket filled with soapy water. When you are halfway through your stack of wipes, machine wash them on a cotton cycle at 60-90°C (the warmest setting) and lay them to dry on a drying rack.

 

So please don’t crap out and let’s do your bit for the planet.

 

YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*

As long as you do not buy toilet paper (average of 2 rolls per week), you will save about

  • 23.8 gal / 90 liters of water (tree growing, pollution by oil extraction and decomposition)
  • 11.33 fl oz / 335 ml of oil (manufacturing of plastic material)
  • 122 kW of power (manufacturing and conditioning processes)
  • 4.66 oz / 132 g of CO2 equivalent (power production, oil extraction, and shipment)
  • 32.3 ft2 / 3 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)

 

Of course you will use water and electricity to wash your wipes. However, you are not going to travel to Brazil to threaten the survival of peasants with eucalyptus trees that will end up in your toilets.

 

(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.

 

Learn more:

https://www.simpleecology.com/eco/soft-tissue-paper

http://www.the9billion.com/2012/02/20/how-much-environmental-damage-is-toilet-paper-doing-anyway/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szAczg_mm4I

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/feb/16/amazon-rainforest-final-frontier-in-brazil-under-threat-from-oil-and-soya

 

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