Greener bathroom attitude for greener life and planet
There are so many things in the world of today that come within the realm of environmental friendliness. Now things can get to a very intimately personal level like in the case of using toilet paper, which is a topic that has not escaped the notice of environmentalists. There are some folks who are saying that using French style bidets can help in reducing the dependence on toilet paper and this could lead to greening the environment.
The logic works that if you use less toilet paper, you cut down less trees because toilet paper like other kinds of paper is eventually made from paper pulp. This is why the green enthusiasts say that it is better to rinse yourself using the bidet and then dry yourself with paper, if need be, so that you reduce consumption of toilet paper.
While all of this seems logical at face value, you must realize that not all toilet paper is made from organic trees. A lot of it is made of sawdust as well as leftover timber scraps and in most cases from trees that are harvested like vegetables in sustainable timber management forests.
The environmental impact is there, because fossil fuels are used to transport this wood, but it is not like as if organic and virgin forests are getting uprooted.
When it comes to bidets, they do save paper, but it is only when people switch to using washcloths instead of toilet paper to dry themselves off. But then when you look at the fact that bidets use treated water which is also quite sensible from an environmental perspective.
To be most effective environmentally, it is best to use a bidet and round it off by using a washcloth so that you cut toilet paper out of the process. If you want to use paper, do choose recycled paper which is a better alterative any day