The True Costs of Using Toilet Paper

toilet paperFor many people using toilet paper is a given, especially in the USA, something that is done without a second thought. What are the true costs and effects of using toilet paper though? In order to answer this question several aspects need to be evaluated. General costs, deforestation and the loss of trees, the chemicals used to process toilet paper and the effect that these chemicals have on the environment, and even the water and energy required to manufacture toilet paper all have to be considered. Recycled paper is one possible option to help lower the true costs and effects of using toilet paper but many people have a mistaken belief that recycled toilet paper is still inferior when it comes to roughness and cleaning. Americans on average use 23.6 rolls of toilet paper per person every year.

General Toilet Paper Costs

Toilet paper costs can vary widely, and will depend on a number of factors. Whether the roll of toilet paper is one ply or two ply will affect the price, and the number of sheets on the roll also play a part in cost. There are also environmental costs that need to be considered, such as the damage that deforestation has and the pollution that can be caused by the chemicals used in the toilet paper making process. Recycled toilet paper can be a more environmentally choice but this option is not always less expensive because the recycled paper must be processed carefully to ensure quality products.

How Many Trees are Used for Toilet Paper Each Year?

It is estimated that roughly 27,000 trees are cut down every single day in order to provide toilet paper for the world, and around 50% of these trees come from virgin forests and old growth specimens that are hundreds of years old or even older. Many of the trees that are used come from primary forests that are sorely needed to help prevent further global warming and increased carbon in the atmosphere. Logging is occurring in forests that are incredibly diverse, and many of these areas contain protected or even endangered species. Toilet paper is filling up landfills in the USA and around the globe at an alarming rate.

Chemicals and the Toilet Paper Manufacturing Process

The chemicals used in the toilet paper manufacturing process can be very harmful to the environment. Chlorine is used to bleach the paper so that it is white, soft, and visually appealing, but this chemical is devastating to the environment. Dioxins do not become diluted or wash away, and these chemicals build up in fatty tissues. Exposure to dioxins can cause many health problems and disease, and these chemicals end up in the waterways and soil. While manufacturers no longer use dioxin the bleaching process can produce these compounds as a byproduct. Cancer, learning disorders, a decrease in immune system function, birth defects, and even lower sperm counts can all result from environmental exposure to dioxins.

The Energy Required to Produce Toilet Paper

In the USA alone around 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper are used every year, and this can have an enormous cost in terms of energy use. The manufacturing process for this amount of toilet paper will require approximately 17 terawatts of electricity each year, including the packaging and transportation of the finished rolls. Recycling one single ton of paper can save over 4,000 kilowatt hours of energy, and this amount can power the average home in America for 6 months as well as saving 17 trees from being cut down.

How Much Water is Needed for Toilet Paper Manufacturing?

In order to satisfy the American market alone for toilet paper each year toilet paper manufacturers must use 473,587,500,000 gallons of water on an annual basis. This can be a big concern because many areas of the country and the globe are facing water shortages. Recycling just one ton of paper can save almost 7,000 gallons of water. Using a bidet can greatly reduce the amount of water used, save trees, and protect the environment from harmful chemicals by decreasing or even eliminating the use of toilet paper completely.

References:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/science/earth/26charmin.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://encyclopedia.toiletpaperworld.com/toilet-paper-history/toilet-paper-and-the-environment
http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/06/01/why-are-americans-flushing-old-growth-forests-down-toilet
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/feb/26/toilet-roll-america
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2010/04/16/27000_trees_a_day_used_for_toilet_tissue/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-bidets/

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The Benefits of Bidets for Seniors

Seniors take great pride in being independent and taking care of themselves, and a bidet can help many seniors live independently for longer and stay more active. Today's seniors are highly capable and they enjoy many activities that seniors in the past did not, but aging takes a toll on the body. As you age you may notice that you lose flexibility, and your range of motion and movement ability decreases as time goes by. This happens to everyone as they get older, and it can be an obstacle to independence for seniors unless steps are taken to prevent this from happening.

Sometimes an injury can make cleaning yourself after you go to the bathroom difficult, and sometimes the aging process may make reaching behind you fully to wipe after going painful or even impossible. A bidet can minimize or even eliminate these problems and help you live on your own without assistance while ensuring that proper hygiene is not ignored. Aging skin also becomes more sensitive, and even minor irritation can cause skin tears and other issues. These conditions can lead to infection if you do not keep your genital and anal area clean and waste free.

Bidets come in many models, and you can find various features which may make life a little easier if you are a senior. A heated seat can take the chill off a bathroom visit during colder weather, and this may also help relax your muscles and soothe any muscle pain that you have. There are models with lights which can help you see in the middle of the night so that there is no need to turn on glaring overhead lights. As a senior it is difficult enough to get back to sleep once you wake up needing to use the toilet, and bright lights are the last thing you need. Trying to navigate your way in the dark is not an option because you could fall or injure yourself.

Aging comes with enough issues and obstacles, you should not need to have to struggle just to use the bathroom and clean yourself properly. The right bidet model can clean and cool your bottom and genital area without causing any irritation or chapping your skin. Aging skin gets drier and may chap or crack easier. Using a bidet and then gently wiping yourself dry is far superior to toilet paper when it comes to good skin care. If you are a senior then the odds are that you suffer from other issues like hemorrhoids, constipation, and other digestive problems, and a bidet can help relieve some of the symptoms experienced.

As a senior you can stay clean and fresh with a bidet even if you have a limited range of motion or you are not as flexible as you used to be. This fixture can help you stay independent and active, while keeping you comfortable and ensuring that you are properly cleaned after each bathroom use. Bidets can range from inexpensive models that fit onto your existing toilet seat to stand alone fixtures which may be much more expensive, so there is a perfect model for every senior.

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