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post #1 of 35
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It recently occurred to me that I live in a culture where we chop down trees for the purpose of wiping our butts...

Do any of you use something besides toilet paper? I'm considering using an alternative to toilet paper, and I'm wondering what the options are.
post #2 of 35
Do it like the Romans and use a sponge on a stick


Sorry, I don't really know of any alternatives and have never really thought about it... I just make sure that the toilet paper I use is made from recycled paper (and the brand I buy actually uses recycled cardboard for the roll and recycled and/or biodegradable plastic (I can't remember which) for the plastic covering..).
post #3 of 35
Use a bidet? No way in hell would I use a "family rag".
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post #4 of 35
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A bidet isn't really only an option on my still in school budget. Are bidets effective? I've never used one...

Recycled toilet paper would probably be the easiest. Surprisingly, I was just able to find some pretty inexpensive recycled tp on amazon. It's definitely more than the regular stuff, but it's still reasonably priced.

Although, that seems like it only works as a solution as long as the number of people using recycled tp stays small. According to wikipedia the average U.S. citizen uses about a tree worth of toilet paper a year. That means if the U.S. switched to something else it would save 155,120,500 trees a year. Not a small number... and it's probably not a number that could be replaced exclusively through recycled toilet paper.

Yeah... I've been thinking about the rag thing. That would be very inexpensive/ecofriendly... although I agree that it also sounds kind of gross.
post #5 of 35
TP is way down my list of important stuff. I do give thought to the waste of clean water we use to flush. I am sold on the "if it's yellow, let it mellow-if it's brown flush it down", but how about shower water? I could see if it were on a ground floor there could be a tank below the shower for holding, that could pump it into the toilet tank as needed. Or even a rainbarrel.
Honestly the tons of white paper recycle drums disturb me so much more. Seems like over half of that paper is completely wasted, and would be better used as good TP the first time.
post #6 of 35
I buy and use the recycled kind...paper, rolls, wrapping.....and try to use less...I was nicknamed the recycling nazi and green police....but I wouldnt use a family rag or bidet or whatever....I draw the line at that.

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post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by Jalden View Post

A bidet isn't really only an option on my still in school budget. Are bidets effective? I've never used one...


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There are affordable ways to modify your toilet for as a bidet too, they are around $60-$100 (about what we spend on 1 year's worth of tp).
Bidet's work better than toilet paper IMO. would you wipe poo off your hand with a piece of paper? kinda the same if you think about it.
here are a few examples of these kind:

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post #8 of 35
I've never used a bidet, but what do use to dry yourself? Do you have a butt towel?
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by silva View Post

I've never used a bidet, but what do use to dry yourself? Do you have a butt towel?

i always wondered this as well. I just assumed you would "air dry" your butt?
post #10 of 35
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I've never used a bidet, but what do use to dry yourself? Do you have a butt towel?

I find the term "butt towel" waaaay too funny.
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post #11 of 35
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Originally Posted by Jalden View Post

It recently occurred to me that I live in a culture where we chop down trees for the purpose of wiping our butts...

Do any of you use something besides toilet paper? I'm considering using an alternative to toilet paper, and I'm wondering what the options are.

Just buy toilet paper made out of recycled paper.

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Originally Posted by luvourmother View Post

Bidet's work better than toilet paper IMO. would you wipe poo off your hand with a piece of paper? kinda the same if you think about it.

Actually, yes, and after that wash with water and soap. Ever miss-wiped? Wash your hands with just water, and you can still smell the crappers. You need some pretty good soap to really get rid of it all. I say it's best to wipe with paper, and wash with soap after that.
post #12 of 35
Take the cloth wipe challenge http://www.thecrunchychicken.com/200...enge-2008.html We buy recycled TP but I only use it for a poo (sorry TMI) but i use washable cloth for pee. I pee a lot so this saves paper. we can now make a 4 pack roll last ages as I'm not using it all up. So some cloth for #1 and recycled TP for #2. Works for me.
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post #13 of 35
Do what the hillbillies did--keep a stack of old Sears catalogues in the outhouse.
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post #14 of 35
People used to use leaves so if you're good at telling what leaves are good it would be worth a look. I'll have to research more about bidets.
post #15 of 35
baby wipes! you end up using less than you would tp. Although, I kind of use a little of both. :/
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post #16 of 35
Dock leaves and a poo stick lol
post #17 of 35
I use cloth for pee. Being a woman with a tiny bladder who goes like 15 times a day, it cuts down on waste significantly.

A lot of my women friends use cloth as well.
post #18 of 35
Makes sense. Anyone who ever used cloth diapers should find using cloth natural, especially not needing to scrape things off first! I can see a family bathroom having cotton squares and a diaper pail- and TP backup!
post #19 of 35
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Originally Posted by silva View Post

Makes sense. Anyone who ever used cloth diapers should find using cloth natural, especially not needing to scrape things off first! I can see a family bathroom having cotton squares and a diaper pail- and TP backup!

Cloth diapering opened up a whole new world for me. Once you get past the "ick" factor of the poo, you realize that today's washing machines are incredibly effective and reusing hygiene items is not "gross" at all. We blow noses, wipes butts, and clean up all sorts of messes with cloth. And I used cloth pads for year until I switched to the diva cup. All of my women frineds who use cloth for themselves also use cloth diapers for their kids. It is sort of a natural progression!
post #20 of 35
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Originally Posted by CindyLennyCleo View Post

I find the term "butt towel" waaaay too funny.

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Butt/face towel. XD
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post #21 of 35
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post #22 of 35
Cloth diapers seem like something that I'll deal with grudgingly when I have children, and then be really excited when I don't have to clean up poo anymore. I don't want to have to deal with poo every day! I use a Diva Cup, I try to use as little TP as possible, but I don't think I could ever switch to cloth wipes.
post #23 of 35
Use of a bidet sounds like a good idea to me. I wish there were more of them, around where I poop.

I heard that in Somalia they dampen their hands with water, wipe with their hands and fingers, then wash their hands. I think this is a good idea. Esp if you use soap made from vegetable oil, as opposed to animal fats, to wash your hands

You can carry a little spray bottle of water with you, but you won't get as much water this way as you can get with a bidet. Also, using water to dampen the paper, you may be able to get by with less paper. Esp if you add a few drops of mineral oil or baby oil to the water (shake before using), or put 4 or 5 tiny drops directly onto the paper, along with the water. This is a lot cheaper than those pre-dampened wipes.
post #24 of 35
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post #25 of 35
this is really funny) it reminds me of the period after the communist regime ( i was too young when it ended so i don't actually remember how it was during)...there was a shortage of toilet paper ) and we used to wipe our butts with newspapers ), and at my grandmas with russian manuals....i also learned to read in russian ) or if we were on the road with big leaves we found on the edge of the road )....sweet memories. now of course i use toilet paper...
i don't think that using a bidet is a great idea...it's like using a shower. my boyfriend who is obssesed about washing his butt everytime after using the toilet uses a basin...i think it's called..so he won't use a lot of water. also, if you turn off the water while shampooing and soaping during showers you can save water, and while you brush your teeth...and doing the dishes
post #26 of 35
Most other animals in the world just lick themselves clean. I say we learn a lesson from Mother Nature and go back to doing it the natural way. As an added bonus, that would solve the vitamin b12 issue for veg*ns.

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post #27 of 35
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Most other animals in the world just lick themselves clean. I say we learn a lesson from Mother Nature and go back to doing it the natural way. As an added bonus, that would solve the vitamin b12 issue for veg*ns.

I think you ought to test this method first and report back. In about 10 years.
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post #28 of 35
I was introduced to Indian paperless loos years ago. You gotta remember that probably 95% of the world does not use loo paper so instead they have a very ingenious and hygienic way of cleaning up. In fact, this is more hygienic than paper.

Here's a nifty illustration you'll see in one of my fav cafes in Kovalam. It explains everything:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KzfFj-YbXvA/R7...A/DSC01044.JPG
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by MrFalafel View Post

I was introduced to Indian paperless loos years ago. You gotta remember that probably 95% of the world does not use loo paper so instead they have a very ingenious and hygienic way of cleaning up. In fact, this is more hygienic than paper.

Here's a nifty illustration you'll see in one of my fav cafes in Kovalam. It explains everything:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KzfFj-YbXvA/R7...A/DSC01044.JPG

"Hum a tune; enjoy as you let go!" and "Empty it forcefully towards your bottom." lol. Cause, you know, if you're not forceful enough you might not get it all off. Excellent instructions.

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post #30 of 35
Any pages torn from Sarah Palin's books.

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