Toilet Paper and The Environment: How Bidets Solve These Problems

Bidets Help to Protect the Environment

BB-1000 Bidet Toilet SeatHere’s why bidets are better than toilet paper. Toilet paper has, without a doubt, has serious environmental effects. So-called virgin paper, made from trees, calls for an estimate of more than seven million trees a year being cut down just to cope with the demand for toilet paper in the US alone. The toilet paper is then often whitened by use of chlorine based chemicals. As well as the danger of these chemicals entering the environment after the manufacturing process, they are also known to create certain toxic compounds, like organochlorides and dioxins, when reacting with paper fibers. Linked to illnesses like cancer, diabetes, decreased immune responses and learning disorders- as well as other environmental problems – these compounds, in particular dioxins, are not only capable of entering the environment during production. Traces of them remain within the paper and consequently are able to affect human skin directly, as well as being allowed to enter water systems when they are flushed away. The process of bleaching paper is, by the way, also used in many recycled papers. While recycled toilet paper does save trees, it poses other environmental problems. Apart from the already mentioned bleaching processes involved, recycled paper also carries the risk of other, equally dangerous chemicals, such as BPA, a by-product of thermal printing on receipts, new papers, etc. This chemical can not be removed from paper as it is recycled. A substance known to disrupt endocrines, it poses a direct threat through the no doubt frequent exposure to the toilet paper; it is also released into the environment on flushing. It is capable of entering the supplies of even drinking water – in minute quantities, admittedly – where it presents in particular to children. The risks involved are such that this substance has been banned from use in baby bottles and toys, which really says all there needs to be said. Another environmental problem created by toilet paper is clogging. Although it is bio-degradable, the degrading process takes time. In the meantime, septic systems frequently have to be pumped out to remove blockages caused by toilet paper and toilet wipes. This not only carries serious environmental risks in itself, production of the extra energy required adds to pollution and the cost of such an action can run into millions. Bidets can prevent the effects of toilet paper on the environment as well as the effects it can have on sensitive human skin. By using water to cleanse the area and warm air to dry it, paper no longer has to be purchased or flushed into the system. It has been argued by some that use of precious water is just as damaging. Three factors easily refute this argument. One is the fact that the amount of water used by bidets is negligible in comparison to the water used flushing that last bit of stubborn paper down the toilet. The second factor is the fact that no chemical compounds like dioxins or BPA are introduced into the environment by using bidets. Factor three is the lack of clogging.

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