We have a lot of power.
Everything we do affects has an impact, good or bad. On a day to day basis we make decisions large and small that have implications far beyond our scope of awareness. This is because you are a node in a network. You are 1 individual among 7 billion. You know 1000 people and each of them knows 1000 people. That means that you are one person away from a million, and two people away from a billion. In a network every action you take ripples across the network like a stone dropped in a pond ripples waves across the water.
If you choose to conceptualise the world in this manner, then your actions and decisions have global significance. Especially those actions that you repeat every day.
With this in mind, what is the one thing that humans can’t stop repeating?
Pooping. Number two’s. It is unavoidable.
It is a constant that we carry from birth to death.
We feel that wiping with toilet paper is a dirty solution to this dirty, daily problem. Not only is it comparable to smearing peanut butter into a rug (gross…) it is dirty for our planet too. The amount of resources used to make toilet paper far exceeds the benefit derived, especially when there is a superior alternative available (water). Here are some facts on our toilet paper usage..
- The US uses over 32 billion rolls of toilet paper every year. That's 15 million trees, 473,587,500,000 gallons of water and over 250,000 tonnes of chlorine used as If we break this down to the individual level it makes grim reading. The US is home to 320 million people. 32 billion/320 million = 100 rolls per person/per year.
- A single roll of toilet paper requires 15 gallons of water, 1.3 kilowatt/hours (KWh) of electricity, and 0.680kg's of wood.
- Multiply this by 100 rolls and we have the environmental impact of one person's annual use of toilet paper:1,500 gallons of water (5,678 litres), 130 kilowatt/hours (KWh) of electricity, and 6.8kg's of wood.
And that's only 12 months from a lifetime of bathroom use..
- Average life expectancy of most developed countries is close to 80 years old. If we discount the nappy years and late retirement years and assume that we look after our own ablutions for a conservative estimate of 75 years: This equates to..
- 425,850 litres of water, 9,750 kilowatt/hours (KWh) and 510kg's of wood
This is the power of repetition. This is why Eco Bidets exists. Installing a bidet in your home costs less than the annual expense of toilet paper. Takes 10 minutes to install and over the course of a lifetime saves a massive amount of resources for future generations. This is our truth. This is what we care. This is our small contribution to the world.
Small actions repeated everyday make a BIG difference.
Take the small action of purchasing a bidet today.
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