Bidet Sprayer Vs Toilet Paper Which Is More Environmentally Friendly

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Bidet Sprayer Vs Toilet Paper - Which Is More Environmentally Friendly?

Choosing whether to be environmentally conscious and aware often conjures up a variety of feelings. Some people get involved if it's no trouble, some if it helps them personally.

Do people actually know what role they want to play in their community, their country, and ultimately the world? The trouble is most people have not given it much thought. Do they really know what they are passionate about? They probably go back and forth between being inspired, i-can-do-anything mentality and a state of complete and utter despair because they have little idea how and why they need to act.

What are some of the benefits of a bidet sprayer?

First and foremost, people upgrade to a bidet prayer for personal reasons. Hygiene and comfort are usually the first great benefits people realise. Next comes the huge extra benefit of the cost savings to be had over toilet paper, and lastly probably comes the environmental benefits.

There are so many more benefits with this new bathroom device, than purely environmental concerns, but of course for some people caring for the environment is first and foremost.

Toilet habits rarely make for the best conversation piece, but how we dispose of our waste is a huge environmental issue. And one we all need to consider in relation to our own impact, especially as population growth continues to increase so rapidly in many parts of the world. We can't continue to believe and think disposing of our waste is someone else's duty.

Most people flush and forget and have little care for what our sewage wastewater treatment works have to cope with. Take London as a perfect example. Huge population growth, ever aging sewers, and basically a ticking time bomb of hygiene problems. We hear our water companies pleading with us not to flush wet-wipes down our sewers, but their cries for help often fall on deaf ears.

Toilet paper use is also a constant issue among environmentalists as there seems to be a great deal of resistance to toilet paper made of recycled material. Some people use toilet paper products that are whole or in part made from recycled products. But the fact is that the majority of people don't use recycled material toilet paper. Reports say more than 98 per cent of toilet paper in the U.S. comes from virgin forests.

Why not stop using toilet paper altogether - or at least the vast majority of it?

Enter a hygiene alternative:

Admittedly, I refrained from using the bidet sprayer even though it was present in my bathroom for months before I first tried it. It wasn't until a really bad case of tummy problems did I give it a try. I'd had an unusually spicy meal, and within a short space of time I was on the can. And then again. And again. And again. I remember that session lasting to the inauspicious number of thirteen before I keeled over and passed out.

I had never tried to use this 'strange mini-shower' that was beside my toilet, mainly due to not knowing what it was really for. kebersihan lingkungan But after my mammoth toilet session, and my under carriage in severe pain, a friend was bemused why I was using toilet paper every time, tearing my skin off in the process.

So the next toilet visit I decided to give it a try. My friend had given me a few directions, "spread your cheeks on the seat, lean to the left, shoot from the back, aim and fire, gently at first".

The "gently at first" part I seemed to have forgotten and got the shock of my life, as I fired a bullet train jet stream of water at my already tender area. Water splashed everywhere. But it's not that difficult to realise I should have squeezed the trigger, "gently at first".

Within a few tries I had the trigger squeezing down to a tee. And the whole process was an absolute epiphany of cleanliness and comfort within no time.

Eureka!! Ka Ka..

From that week forward I knew I was never going to be using great wads of toilet paper ever again, not by choice anyway.

What is this hygiene device then - you've got me interested?

This device, designed by Japanese physicians, is a smaller version of a standard shower, consisting of a steel or plastic handle with a nozzle for shooting the water, and a hose feeding the water supply. There is a trigger for creating the jet of water, and usually an isolating valve at the wall to turn the water off after each use. Although, in lower pressure areas the isolating valve doesn't need to be turned off after every use.

How do you dry yourself?

This is an often asked question. The answer is personal preference. Some people shake, some flick the water off, some people dry with a few pieces of toilet paper. While, others place a flannel next to the toilet for drying purposes, much like a miniature bath towel, just for 'that' area.

What are the environmental benefits?

When using toilet paper for drying purposes only with this device, you probably use about 90% less toilet paper than when using only toilet paper.

So how many trees are wasted on toilet paper? The equivalent of almost 27,000 trees are flushed down our toilets every day, according to Claude Martin of WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature). Imagine the world benefits if everyone switched to using this device.

Some toilet paper users (who have never used a bidet-sprayer) say "but what about the extra water use"?

When you consider you need water to shower it is not really an argument. Also, around 37 gallons of water goes into making a single roll of toilet paper. Then when you take into account the huge number of trees cut down every year, the time, fuel, energy, chemicals and manpower needed to produce toilet paper, the sprayer is by far the greener option.

In fact, it's a fantastic alternative. And remember a roll lasts most households about 3 days. Imagine how many squirts you can get for 37 gallons. No comparison!! It's a no brainer!

Is water really a better alternative to toilet paper?

Yes, I know a silly question, but one often asked in hygiene blogs. Why would anyone ask such a question? It kind of beggars belief, but I guess just ignorance of the whole process of what the bidet sprayer really is.

Yes, this device uses WATER to clean your private parts, and is exactly the same as the regular shower you use to wash your whole body every morning.

So if you don't mind skid stains in your underpants, and the sandpaper type experience on your tender bits then feel free to continue using toilet paper, this product might not be for you.

But if comfort, hygiene and keeping your partner IS important to you, then give a bidet sprayer a try. Your washing powder bill will decrease. Your overall shopping bill will decrease. You'll feel cleaner, and more energized.