Why 3 Women Ditched Toilet Paper
They tell Huff Post Live of their switch to reusable cloths to help the environment
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2014 12:15 PM CST
Updated Feb 2, 2014 6:50 AM CST
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(Newser) – There's going green—dutifully recycling, switching to Al-Gore-approved light bulbs, reusing your grocery bags—and then there's this: going without toilet paper. Three women explain to Huff Post Live why they made the switch to reusable cloths and discuss the logistics of the choice that even they admit sounds crazy to most. Stranger still? "Their answers are thoughtful, reasonable, and in some ways convincing enough to make you at least consider the benefits—environmental and otherwise—of ditching the TP," writes Lindsay Abrams at Salon.

The logistics are pretty basic. Generally speaking, you keep a supply of cloth wipes near the toilet, put them in a can with a lid when used, and launder the cloths when they pile up. All provide tips on keeping odors in the can to a minimum, and the daring can dig into the specifics in the women's posts at FrugalLivingNW, BecomingPeculiar, and the HealthyHoneys. The posts also spell out why they see regular toilet paper as both a waste of money and a detriment to the environment. Besides, writes one of the women, "after the first few uses, everyone sees the wipes as an actual upgrade from toilet paper, even the fluffy three-ply stuff." (Another reason not to use toilet paper: It can hide a cancer sign.)

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Feb 4, 2014 6:22 AM CST
If you are that serious about recycling why not glue your mouth to your ass? Permanent circle feed!
Feb 3, 2014 9:36 AM CST
This is disgusting- what a bunch of morons! Like it's really going to make a difference! Reality check
Feb 3, 2014 7:40 AM CST
Hang those cloths on the clothesline outside to dry for all to see. That way we can know who is using paper and bully them for their enormous carbon footprint. Sometimes bigger isn't better. If you splash with blood someone wearing fur, what do you splash on someone who is using toilet paper?