Here's another nice thing you can do for the planet: switch to ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TOILET PAPER!
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Okay, don't make that face at me. Do you really, really need "cottony softness" on your ass? Do you need to feel like you're wiping yourself with a baby blanket? No. Do you ever use cheaper toilet paper and get a rash? I doubt it.
The great marketing masterminds of evil, want us to comfort and pamper ourselves in everything we do. Our clothes can't just be clean, they have to be like a snuggy, perfumed blanky. Our toilet paper can't just be useful, it has to hug our little bum bums.
Okay, but remember: I never use fabric softener anymore. Never. I don't want to spend the money on it. I don't want to pour more chemicals in the water. I also hang my laundry out on the clothesline as much as possible. And guess what: I never put on a shirt, wince, and say; "ooooo, this is hurting my baby fine skin!"
Here's a link to an interesting article about the toilet paper vs environment. Stop groaning, it's not boring! We're not back in some heinous highschool class again, we're sitting at our computers with hot, steaming, scrumptious beverages.
Green Toilet Paper Buying Guide: Be Kind to Your Behind vs. Hug a Tree?
So how does THIS grab you:
From "Toilet Paper And The Environment"
How many trees can we save if we switched to recycled toilet paper?
"According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States could save 470,000 trees, 1.2 million feet of cubic landfill space, and 169 million gallons of water if everyone in the US traded one roll of regular toilet paper for a recycled roll. That’s just for one roll. Imagine if we all made the permanent switch to recycled toilet paper!"
What--you still want your pillow-soft, triple ply butt wipe??? You're not convinced that you can live with recycled toilet paper? Oh COME ON--it's not like you're wiping your ass with a page out of the Sears catalogue!
I have my own highly scientific observations about conventional toilet paper vs environmental. We always use the environmental stuff here. Ditto for paper towels. One night I was out shopping for a few items and remembered we needed more butt wad. The store I was in sold NO environmentally friendly toilet paper. They did, however, have a nice sale on a name brand
so, because I was feeling particularly burnt out that night, I thought what the hell--one package of name brand toilet paper won't make me evil.
Well, it sure did feel luxurious compared to my regular toilet paper. Supposedly, because it was thicker and "more absorbant," we, in theory, could use less squares. However, if you're a human, you're probably programmed to use a certain amount of squares whenever you go to the can, and can't reprogram yourself to use less. So, no savings there.
ALSO, my children, who are in the early years of wiping their own bums, use INSANE AMOUNTS OF TOILET PAPER when they go to the bathroom. Yes, I've had discussions, demonstrations, tutorials on bum wiping with them. Still, when Jack heads to the can, unfortunately you can almost guarantee a half roll will disappear in one "sitting." So wipe his bum for him, and save some paper, you say? HELL NO. Any good mother knows that once a kid starts doing stuff for himself, no matter how poorly he does it, you can NEVER GO BACK IN TIME and be helpful again. Har har.
So, like I said, the kids use STUPID amounts of toilet paper (and still have skidmark underwear...go figure). In my c.1928 house, we have some crazy, archaic plumbing system. Let me try to explain it as simply as possible: the plumbing pipes come down through the house to the basement into a HOLE in the floor. The water then flows off perpendicular-ish to...hell? The city sewer system? Seriously, it's confounding.
Anyhoo, recall that nice 12 pack of deluxe butte wadde I purchased from that BAD, BAD STORE: the plumbing backed up 4 TIMES during the use of that toilet paper. And by this, I mean, ACTUAL TURDS OVERLOWED ONTO THE BASEMENT FLOOR. Yeah, that's right. The Man was down there FOUR TIMES scraping turds back down into that hole (here's the part where I could rant about SOMEONE never DEALING with things, and NOT CALLING A PLUMBER, like he said he would OVER A YEAR ago, but I won't go into THAT NOW).
The pipes NEVER have never overflowed when we use the environmentally friendly toilet paper. We even had to call some guy to come roto rooter his way through that gloopy toilet paper mess.
So, if deluxe toilet paper noticeably (turds on the basement floor people. HUMAN turds) gums up our crazy, old fashioned plumbing system, what does it do everywhere else?!?
To me, it's worth the small, extra cost.
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