When you think about environmental friendliness, bathrooms aren’t the first things that come to mind. You would be surprised at the wastefulness that surrounds our favorite rooms. A lot of water and toilet paper is wasted every year for the most basic bathroom necessities. Clogs and toilet paper aren’t exactly good for the piped in our home and they transfer those problems further downstream. Luckily, the solution to this environmental problem was under our noses this whole time: the bidet. Here are some reasons why you should opt for this bathroom fixture.
1. Less water is wasted
One of the main gripes people have with toilets is their lack of efficiency. You waste gallons of water with each and every flush, which might not be the best idea if you want to help the environment. Toilet paper slows this process down and makes it waste even more water to do its job.
Bidets are much more efficient with their use of water. Since you’re not using toilet paper, you won’t have clogs that require multiple flushes. This way you’ll be going green while also saving on your water bill.
2. It’s much gentler on your skin
Toilet paper isn’t very good for your skin health. It’s considered pretty rough and abrasive considering the sensitive areas that we use it on. It’s not uncommon for your skin to get irritated after using toilet paper, even if you might not notice. People that have any kind of skin condition will find that toilet paper is unusable, but very few people know of any alternatives.
Luckily, this antiquated bathroom fixture is the solution people have been looking for. Not only is it gentle enough to be used with various skin conditions, but it’s actually recommended for some of them. Individuals with psoriasis and eczema will find that a cool stream from the bidet will soothe their symptoms, however temporary that change may be. Water is a natural resource and remedy, so you can’t go wrong with it.
3. Trees will thank you
Toilet paper seems like a pretty benign hygienic addition to bathrooms. After all, how much damage could the use of toilet paper really do? You would be surprised. It’s estimated that around fifty million trees are cut down every year just for use on toilet paper production. This is not at all an insignificant number. These trees could have produced a lot of oxygen and they were certainly an important part of many ecosystems.
If the world unanimously decided to switch to using bidets, this number of trees would drop to zero. Other than a little bit of water, bidets don’t really use anything at all. It’s no wonder that they’re considered an environmentally friendly choice.
4. It’s a staple of good hygiene
Bathrooms exist to keep our bodies clean and pampered when they require it. After using the toilet, most people will opt for taking a shower to stay clean. This might not always be an option due to time restraints. Not to mention, showering too often isn’t exactly natural and good for your skin. Unfortunately, toilet paper doesn’t really compensate for cleaning yourself with water and it will leave you dirty and prone to irritation.
One of the many benefits of using a bidet is the cleanliness that it provides. It doesn’t take very long to clean yourself and you will leave the bathroom feeling as refreshed as ever. Skin irritation becomes a thing of the past when you use a gentle stream of cold or lukewarm water.
5. Natural simplicity
A lot of people think of bidets as something that is too complex or bougie to use in an everyday home. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The concept behind a bidet is shockingly simple. A gentle stream of water is used to clean your private parts. It can’t get more natural than that.
Depending on the kind of bidet you get, you might have the luxury of enjoying additional benefits. Some models have a valve that controls pressure and temperature. This is very convenient if you don’t like being shocked by a cold stream early in the morning. Installing a bidet doesn’t take very long, but it might require the help of a plumber. All you need is a source of water and a valve for pressure.
The western world hasn’t yet adapted to this French fixture, but times are changing. The taboos that surrounded it are losing their power and it’s becoming a normal part of everyday bathrooms. More and more, people are coming to terms with a large number of benefits that the bidet offers in terms of skin health and the environment. If you had to choose one thing to change in your home to benefit the environment, the bidet might just be the best choice.
And remember, today is the best day to start that change. Nature will know how to appreciate it, your wallet too. Starting with these small changes does make a huge difference, and it’s certainly true – you will feel better, and you will improve your health.