Toilet Troubles – Use Less Toilet Paper?


Last weeks Change the Wold Wednesday #CCTW challenge with Reduced Footprints was to use less toilet paper.  So, if you normally use 10 sheets/time, then you should use 6 sheets per time.

Hee hee!

No potty humor here.  Only seriousness!

Well, in all honesty, I have not much pay attention to how many sheets I use – so I didn’t really know how to approach this challenge.  I mean, really.  Ha!

However, I did make a conscience effort to use less – like only go to the roll once, instead of 3 times – you know?  It helps to have very good toilet paper – not the kind that falls apart – if you know what I mean.

Let’s look at our toilet paper consumption  – because this is not something I have not considered.

We spend about $5.7 billion dollars annually on toilet paper.  According to US News and World Reports, in 2011, Americans flushed 8 MILLION TONS of toilet tissue.  Can you believe that?  That’s is twice as much as our Newspaper use in the same year (with only 4 million tons).  That’s a significant amount of waste.  Just 11 years earlier, we threw out more newspaper, than we flushed toilet paper – which is probably due to the digital age, and the push for recycling.

According to a survey, 48 percent of Americans said that they would reduce their paper consumption (newspapers, etc) but only 6 percent said they would use less toilet paper.


One question comes to mind.  How are we using all this toilet paper?

  1. On the toilet – the obvious answer – definitely guilty on this one
  2. Eye glass and CD cleaning (HUM?) – Guilty – maybe I should sew a cloth.
  3. Toilet seat covers – tricky tricky – especially in public places – Guilty
  4. Make up remover – eh.  There are better things to use – or be like me and not use make-up.
  5. Hair do’s (curlers and such) – eh, too much fuss.  If my hair gets combed, it’s a good day
  6. Packing materials – Not a good use.
  7. Nose care – Guilty!  I have a lot of allergies.

Oi Vey!

I could cut down on my usage – a lot.

How can we lessen our consumption of toilet paper?

  1. The obvious one – use less toilet paper.  It’s possible.  The hard part is getting my son to use less.  Sheesh!
  2. Choose toilet paper with the highest percentage of post consumer fibers.  Maybe not as squishably soft – but much better for the environment since the paper that was used wouldn’t end up in a landfill.  “If every household in the U.S. replaced just one roll of 500 sheet virgin fiber bathroom tissue with 100 percent recycled ones, we could save 423,900 trees.” (
  3. Buy a bidet.  Haha!  It works.  Ah, but you must dry with a washcloth.  Don’t use that paper!
  4. Change to family cloth.  If you don’t know what that is, it’s cloth wipes for the toilet.  You would wipe, wash and wipe again.  I equate it (sort of) to cloth diapering for the entire family.  However, you wouldn’t wear a diaper.  Our family cloth diapers, but going to family cloth seems like a big step I’m not quite ready to take.  But, for those who are interested, I put a link to a relevant article.

What do you think?  Have you ever thought of your own toilet paper usage as waste (excuse the pun)?

Now that you are thinking about it, do you think you will be more conscience the next time you “go”?

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  1. very very interesting

  2. We actually have this toilet paper made by Cottonelle for the kids. It has a paw prints on it and a puppy on the sheet where you should tear. It is a great way to help kids {and adults} think about how much they are using.
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  3. My husband is always on me about how much toilet paper I use. He would be thrilled if I showed him this post–great points!
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  4. Yes, we use way too much toilet paper, one major factor could be the size of the average butt keeps growing but let’s not go there. Instead let’s save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Get serious and add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: “if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn’t wipe it off with paper, would you? You’d wash it off” Available at with these you won’t even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without feeling guilty. It’s cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You’ll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but please remember that in the big picture the industrial water users always far exceed the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways.

    • Hahahahaha!

      Sorry, but your post was very funny!

      Thanks for your contribution. Sorry it took me so long to respond. You got caught in a very long list of spam posts. Thanks for the awesome idea. I have never heard of these sprayers.
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      • Thank you Lisa! Yes these sprayers are catching on fast now in western countries where they historically were not developed because of the superior plumbing that allowed for massive amounts of toilet paper to be flushed. In countries like Thailand with poor plumbing, squat toilets and less toilet paper they started using water from a bucket and this evolved into the bidet sprayer. Now the countries with the poor plumbing(although it’s improved dramatically and now they have mostly western toilets) have the superior hygiene technology with the Hand Bidet Sprayer. Once you’ve tried it you can never go back.

      • It’s definitely worth a try!
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  5. I grew up with a toilet that clogged at the drop of a pin, so I learned to use less toilet paper.

    Do you have a serger? We make cloth kleenex, and the kids like them better than the paper ones! I have a tutorial on my blog, but it won’t let me link here.
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