What is the best way to be kind to the Earth when answering the call of Nature?
Of course your toilet habits don’t generally make the best topic of conversations, however, the way in which we dispose of our waste is a serious concern for the environment and one that everyone should be considering when we think how best to protect the planet we live on.
According to research 27,000 trees are cut down daily across the planet solely to make into toilet paper. In the process of making the toilet paper over 4 million litres of water and 450 tons of chlorine for bleaching are used each and every day.
Wet Wipe Wasteland
The only way to make the problem worse would be to switch toilet paper (which at least could be made from recycled materials and responsibly managed forests) for wet wipes. Unfortunately sales of “moistened toilet tissue wipes” have rocketed in recent years. Orr sewers and water treatment sites and wider environment certainly know it.
The flushing of wet wipes down the toilet can block pipes and lead to some very unpleasant consequences. When pipes get blocked up this can cause huge build ups of fat, un-affectionately referred to as “fatbergs”, one such case made headlines last year in London, reportedly the length of a Boeing 747, and Thames Water said that the main culprit was of course… the wet wipe.
This blockage forced raw sewage into nearby homes, flooding up through toilets and sinks. It took workers four very unpleasant days to clear. Thames Water has reported costs of around £12 million clearing about 80,000 blockages a year, estimating around three-quarters caused by wet wipes.
Wet wipes are not simply a moistened form of paper, and this is where the problem lies. Typically they are a combination of plastic, cotton and wood pulp, designed to give strength to the wipe, but this results in a material that is hard to break down and doesn’t disintegrate like toilet paper, even those advertised as “flushable” or other claims that they are friendly to the environment.
The answer is simple
We know production of toilet paper is harmful to the planet. We know wet wipes have even worse consequences, but still, many people prefer the freshness they can provide. So we are looking for a way to reduce toilet paper usage, whilst still offering excellent cleanliness and good hygiene…
The use of a bidet typical reduces toilet paper usage by around 75%. With freshness results that a wet wipe could only dream of. With models available that have built-in air dryers, such as the Aquarius Hygiene Intelligent Bidet. It may be possible that you will be skipping the toilet roll aisle at the supermarket altogether soon. Saving both money and the planet.