TP is a Problem, Recycled or Not

TP is a Problem, Recycled or Not

Amber Byfield
Mar 6, 2009

03_06_09_tp.jpgIt's bathroom month here, and that gives us yet another excuse to bring up... toilet paper! We talk a lot about TP here. We've talked about using less, about going recycled, and even about alternatives.

Well, according to the Guardian, we should explore those alternatives even more; Christian Wolmar points out that the need for viable world-wide alternatives to TP should be at the forefront of the industry's mind.

Treehugger's thoughts on Wolmar's article pointed out that, like we have learned about shopping bags (paper vs. plastic? the lesser of two evils is to bring your own), we ought to learn about toilet paper. Because whether it's recycled or fresh, trees and processing still went into the making of our TP.

So what do you think? Can Americans, and the other folks around the world who rely on TP, give it up for the greater good? And would installing a low-flow bidet-like appliance in homes negate the attempt to save the environment because it would use more water? Is there an easy answer to how to make our natural needs more eco-friendly?

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