Whether you’re showering, bathing, using the toilet or even just brushing your teeth, a significant chunk of your home’s water is being pumped through the taps and tanks of your bathroom on a daily basis. But there’s good news, bidets can green your carbon footprint. Betcha never thought you’d read that news!
Of course, this can be regulated with water-efficient valves fitted onto shower-heads and the taps of basins and bathtubs to help reduce the flow and consequently the amount wasted. Even most modern toilets come with a dual flush option so huge flushes aren’t used for small bits of waste.
There is, however, one bathroom appliance that hits all the right green areas in terms of saving water, reducing waste and keeping your skin healthy. Step forward, the bidet. Still fairly uncommon in the Western world, bidets are an excellent green choice for your bathroom and here’s why:
Avoid the temptation to flush the toilet more than once after use and instead allow a bidet to finish off the job started with toilet paper. The jets of water sprayed up to clean the inner buttocks area do nowhere near equate to the amount used in a toilet flush. So rather than going mad on the toilet paper and having to flush more than once as a result, think of how much could be saved by substituting in a bidet.
Less paper and packaging
Following on, and not just is there a cause for water to be saved with the inclusion of a bidet in your bathroom, but there’s good reason for toilet paper to be saved too. Because toilet paper hands its services over to a bidet after a couple of initial wipes, there is always going to be far less toilet paper used than if the bidet wasn’t present. This also means less toilet paper packaging to dispose of and a big plus for your finances as toilet paper won’t have to be bought as often.
Environmental Benefit of Less Toilet Paper Did you know that global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily. One tree makes 100 pounds of toilet paper, which is the combined use for every two non-bidet using individuals. Simple Ecology. So every year, non-bidet users consume about a have of a tree per person per year about twice that of bidet users – pretty significant. Looking beyond the tree itself, then there’s all the energy, water, and chemicals consumed cutting, hauling, pulping, producing, and distributing paper products and vast amounts of CO2 emitted with every step.
Another toilet paper problem is that chunks can merge together after being flushed and cause potential blockages in the drains which you have to then call out a plumber to clear. A bidet takes the stance on this problem that prevention is better than a cure and that certainly makes sense with only a small amount of toilet paper being flushed every day, not having the chance to form big, drain-blocking clusters.
As with the taps on basins, bathtubs, and even shower-heads, pressure regulators can be fitted to control the flow and temperature of the water with an extra detection for drips. Bidet taps are no different; the regulators are fixed onto the tap faucets and water will be saved accordingly and only heated to appropriate temperatures when most required. It’s a small way in which you can amend your bidet to ensure it does its little bit for the environment.
And finally, another common problem with toilet paper is that it is always abrasive on your skin no matter how comforting a certain roll feels to the touch. It can often also be difficult to judge how hard to wipe and those to factors combined together do not have a happy ending for the skin around your inner buttocks. Fortunately, the jets of water from a bidet fully cleanse the area and prevent the spread of bacteria, showing that it isn’t just a green solution, but a very hygienic and healthy one too.
Carly Seddon is the marketing manager at The Bath House Online based about of Lancashire, U.K.. She grew up in the North West of the U.K.and has a passion for all things creative, sporting a strong eye for stylish, modern bathroom designs.