Family Cloth: Non-Paper Toilet Paper

During an interview with Russell Crowe about his upcoming movie, Robin Hood, some reporter asked the actor about the lack of tights in the movie. There are no tights in this film, he answered, they weren’t invented until quite a few hundred years after when the story takes place.. Toilet paper is another recent invention. Until fairly recently, cloth, corncobs, pages torn from books or newspapers, leaves and mussel shells were some of the substitutes. Now, there's a movement away from paper and back to cloth.

Known as a family cloth, it usually consists of cut up washable material, often from old t-shirts. Contrary to its name, all members of a family do not share the same cloth and it is treated in the same way as one would treat cloth baby diapers. People who have switched champion it for its softness, its economy and its environmental friendliness. You can make a complete switch or you can use traditional toilet paper in some instances, for guests and for the messier eliminations.

What do you think? How green are you willing to go?

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