Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Virgin TP = Driving a Hummer

In a recent Time magazine article, Allen Hershkowitz, from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said, "Using toilet paper made from virgin trees is the paper-industry equivalent of driving a Hummer."
The NRDC and Greenpeace advocate switching from standard toilet paper to recycled paper. According to the article:
...the NRDC estimates that if every household in the U.S. replaced just one 500-sheet roll of virgin-fiber TP a year with a roll made from 100% recycled paper, nearly 425,000 trees would be saved annually.

That's a lot of trees. Upon reflection, it does seem a little silly that American's choose to use only the best paper on which to wipe their poo. After all, it is just ending up in the sewer. Besides, I dislike all the lint that all of those fancy brands seem to give off.

Why not try a bidet as many European countries do?