Apparently Reusable Toilet Paper Is A Thing And I Have Many, Many Questions
Cloth toilet paper provides an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution to an everyday occurrence, but is it really worth it?
In 2020, many Australian households are pledging to make environmentally conscious choices in order to do what we can for Mother Earth.
Often, this can be as easy as a few eco-friendly swaps. A bamboo tooth brush here, a cloth grocery bag there -- it doesn't take much.
But occasionally there comes along a product so green, it's too green. Reusable toilet paper is a thing now, apparently. And I for one am absolutely befuddled by it.
Instead of using standard toilet paper, some families are opting for washable rolls or squares of cloth and flannel that can be used time and time again.
A range of products are available on arts and craft e-tailer Etsy, ranging between $16 and $50 dollars -- a small price to pay considering the cumulative cost of toilet paper.
I know what you're thinking though and believe me, I've thought it too -- how on earth does it work?
Reusable toilet paper, often called 'a family cloth', is typically used for number ones, but it depends on the household.
After use, some have said that they keep the unwashed cloths in a hamper in their bathroom or laundry until they're ready to do laundry.
So does this mean that certain homes have a bucket of wee-rags tucked away at all times? Apparently so.
A recent post on the Planet Revive -- Reusable Eco Friendly Items Facebook page asked users for their thoughts on the divisive product. And it caused quite the stink.
As you'd expect, the vomit emojis were bountiful. But some were more than willing to give it a shot.
Many in the pro-cloth camp argued that the process is not all too different from cloth nappies for babies.
"People have been washing and reusing cloth nappies for centuries. I really don't see the difference if you're following good hygiene and sanitation," read one of the top comments.
Great idea. We have lost our way with our planet.
For a particular few however, their issue did not lie with the soppy, icky smell of wee or even just the uncomfortable thought of a communal bum rag. Instead, they argued that this solution was actually the opposite of environmentally friendly.
"I couldn’t imagine leaving them in a basket until I had a full load for the washing machine, being on tank water we have to watch every drop."
Not for me. I'm wasting more water that way doing a load of laundry just for that. Again it's like choosing the lesser of the two evils.
The pursuit of an eco-friendly life certainly doesn't come easy, and sometimes we need to take a step outside our comfort zones in order to put the planet first.
In saying that though, reusable toilet paper is less a step, more a drastic cliff dive away from what I'm willing to do for Mother Nature.
You can keep your reusable cloths, I think I'll stick to my keep cup instead.
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