Would you trade loo roll for a reusable cloth?

January 29th, 2014 Category: Office Cleaning

We, as human beings, need toilet roll in our lives. This is an inescapable fact of life in the modern world, or is it? A group of women in America are scrapping toilet roll in favour of a reusable cloth, for environmental and financial reasons. 

In a HuffPost Live discussion, bloggers Angela Davis, Kathleen Quiring and Mikala Earley explain their reasonings behind the decision to go paperless, revealing that it's not as dirty or unhygienic as it may sound.

Ms Earley and her husband gave up their toilet paper habit about a year ago. She says: 'It is almost seen as a necessity [and] it doesn't have to be, and it's been a lot of fun to learn how to do it this way.”

The women say leaving out the loo roll has saved them money and has helped them to do their bit to protect the environment. 

Producing toilet paper means cutting down and destroying thousands of trees every year. Some of the tissue is bleached with chlorine dioxide which can pollute water once it enters the sewage system.

Still not convinced? Ms Davis says she and her family went cold turkey for two weeks, in an experiment to find new ways for the house to go green. 

She says that they used flannels instead of paper, which they kept in a box by the toilet and washed every two or three days – this meant they didn’t notice any bad smells.

Ms Davis worked out that by reusing cloths they would save save quite a bit of money. They added up the numbers and realised that, even with coupons, toilet paper cost them $136 (£82) a year. 

The total cost of the cloth system, including the material, water and detergent amounted to $42 a year. So for this family, flushing loo roll down the toilet meant flushing money away as well. 

This concept isn’t a new one, as many countries – including India and Thailand –  have always shunned loo roll as their plumbing systems can't process paper. 

If you’re not ready to go paperless just yet, you can do your bit by reducing the amount of toilet roll your house or office uses. You could even buy recycled toilet paper, which is almost like reusing a cloth.