Let’s talk bidets…
Along with many other Americans, I’ve put more thought into my toilet paper usage in the last month than I ever have in my entire life.
I read an opinion piece titled, ” Stop Using Toilet Paper,” by Kate Murphy, in the New York Times about a week ago that urged the reader to stop using toilet paper and consider using a bidet instead.
The Times article highlighted how damaging to toilet paper use is to the environment and water supply. I knew that producing paper products puts a strain on the environment from the perspective of the pulp of trees that are used to make it, (about 384 trees are cut down to make a single person’s lifetime toilet supply) but I, honestly, had no idea how much water is wasted in the production and breakdown of “shit tickets,” as my father lovingly referred to them when I was a kid. (It takes nearly 37 gallons of water to produce a single roll of toilet paper.)
This article spurred in me the need to put more research into bidets.
Going into my research, the only time I had ever seen a bidet in person was at a friend’s house when I was in high school, and I spent a good ten minutes in the bathroom looking at it and trying to figure out the logistical nature of using one. (I never used it. Just examined it like a true weirdo.)
Bidets seemed like something disgusting that would cause more germs to spread all over the bathroom.
However, I found out quite the contrary. Bidets are actually touted as being a more sanitary option than toilet paper. Which, now, makes incredible sense to me. If you don’t have your hands involved in the process, you are less likely to transmit germs and disease to anything else.
Bidets are also supposed to be more gentle for your tush and help avoid and relieve hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections, and better ass-health is something we should all be more worried about.
At the very least, a bidet ensures that you’re not out panic buying toilet paper during times like this.
I think that I almost have my husband convinced that we need to give a bidet a try.
Whether you go out and buy a bidet or not, I believe that this “downtime” to stop and really reflect on our consumption of goods and services is a definite positive of this whole ordeal. It is invariably beneficial to become a more conscious consumer. There is always a cost to products and services that extend far beyond the point of sale, and it’s our duty to become more aware of those costs and who is actually paying them.