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So what about TP? – Toilet paper and Zero Waste

The very first question that I got during the first Zero Waste Hood River event was ‘What about toilet paper?’ Many people think toilet paper and Zero Waste Lifestyle couldn’t work together. What to do instead?

Great question!

Just check out this toilet paper tube tower by Scott which was made of  14,000 TP tubes. That’s how many NYC throws away EVERY 15 MINUTES!


How terrible! And wasteful!

One way of dealing with this is by buying the new TP from Scott which is not using tubes at all. But seriously, are we not making up a false idea of an environmentally friendly toilet user? With the amount of TP that is originally wrapped around those tubes you could built a much, much bigger tower.

All that paper was made from our precious trees, you guys! Yes, even if you’re buying TP made from recycled paper, trees had to suffer. Plus, most of it comes wrapped in plastic and lots of resources are required to get the paper ready for just one wipe on someones bottom, before it ends in the drain and needs to be fished out by some waste water facility.

Here is the solution and I personally think we should make a huge campaign out of it to change the mindset of every pooper in the world:


Simple, right?

And to make is super easy and manageable for everyone, just get a Bidet Sprayer. No confusing buttons, just a hose. I’ve tested one on my own personal butt for a while now, and I can say that it leaves a much cleaner feeling than TP. This is the one we have:

Brondell CSL-40 CleanSpa Luxury Hand Held Bidet Shattaf Sprayer, Silver


It’s installed easily at the freshwater supply of the toilet. It will do the work of at least a million toilet paper rolls during its lifetime and also helps with rinsing the toddler potty and spraying the baby cloth diaper.

If you’re unsure how it works, don’t worry. Just direct it to where clean and fresh is needed (aim for a direct shot as you don’t want to get drenched) and press the little handle. There you go!

Now hang it away, relax a bit and wipe off the water with a towel. Just like you do after taking a shower.

Now go get your own bidet sprayer and save the world one p… at a time!

Do it now! Because today is yesterday tomorrow!

– State Street Bear, Hood River


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  1. Great news! I didn’t know it was that simple to install. I’ll probably get one as well once I moved. 🙂

    Best regards,

  2. I was considering the Idea of Basically using wet wipes like you would for a child, except for adults. made of reusable fabric of course, what do you think about that? you could have a clean bucket and a dirty bucket. just give the cloth a really good rinse after using, and then wash at the end of the week.

    • That is a great idea too. You might want to add a towel for every person too. I was thinking about reusable wet wipes for occasional use to (for the bigger dirt…). I think that the hose and towel combination is the least amount of work, water and detergent though.

    • That is a very good question, Jessica! So far, I haven’t introduced my 2.5yo to it but I want to. I guess, it will be a phase of floods in our bathroom but after a while it will be boring and other stuff more interesting. Will keep you posted 🙂

    • This needs much less water then the production of toilet paper though. I think it’s even less than what you need for washing family cloth but that’s just a feeling. Haven’t done an exact calculation about it 🙂

  3. This is good, Inge. I don’t think I am quite there yet. I am glad you mentioned toweling off because, um, the drip factor is what has me hung up. I know FOR SURE that if I get to have babies I will install a sprayer for their cloth diapers… I’ll have to keep thinking about using the sprayer on ME, though. haha! We just bought 80 rolls of post-consumer toilet paper, so maybe when we run out I will be ready for a bidet?

    Do you use the same towel on yourself after spraying for a few days and then throw it in the wash? Or do you use a fresh towel each time? NO JUDGEMENT, just trying to figure out the drying part of the bidet equation.

    • Thanks much for posting your thoughts here!! I got the sprayer initially with the diapers in mind and wasn’t sure if I’d actually use it on my bottom. Once I got it, I was too curious not to try it. Liked the sparkling fresh feeling much more than expected. So regarding the towel: I use the same for 1-1.5 days. And then I wash it together with the diapers. Usually I wash them daily.

  4. The second I move out I’d love to get a bidet! I think I may save for the seat attachment. I’m not the most coordinated person–especially in the early hours. I think a sprayer is probably the best option for 90% of people (out of the way, easy to clean), but I may take the other route. Thanks to everyone for continuing my interest in TP alternatives!

    • I’d really like to try a bidet seat now. Having the sprayer I can’t imagine how the seat would work good. I’m imagining butt wiggles are necessary at a seat where I could just change direction with the sprayer 😜

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