Hello lovely humans! I was inspired by one of my (cr)happiest friends while on a visit to Richmond, to tackle the #2 topic on everyone’s mind: Poo. Everyone does it, everyone is kinda weird about it, and some people even flush halfway through as if needing 2 toilet fulls is less embarrassing than the muffled toot we both know everyone heard. Toot on people, toot on.
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Gonna go ahead and throw out an audible “sorry mom!” disclaimer on this one…
This isn’t everyone’s favorite topic to talk about but we’ve been potty training my niece and I’m just so gosh darn proud of her that I’ve lost all sense of discretion.
You can do your business and still keep going towards zero waste. It’s called “going” zero waste for a reason. You’ll always be striving to do better and that’s a good thing!! For my less advanced or adventurous zero wasters, I have started with small environmentally-friendly steps that progressively get more intense.
For zero waste beginners I suggest using an eco-freindly alternative to toilet paper:
100% Tree Free.
Soft, tree free paper products made from sustainable bamboo. In just 3 to 4 months, bamboo is fully matured and ready to be harvested again. Compare that to trees that can take 30 years to regrow. Their tree free paper products are safer, earth-friendly, and gentle on the planet.
Their tree free paper products are also carbon neutral. With the help of The Paradigm Project, they offset the cost of transporting these products by donating cook stoves to people in need in developing countries.
100% Tree Free.
These bathroom products are made from sustainable bamboo forests. The company does not use inks, dyes or scents. Bonus! 50% of their profits help build toilets for those in need!
Other good alternatives would include Seventh Generation or anything wrapped in paper, 100% recycled toilet paper and TP without the cardboard roll in the middle.
If you’re looking to really commit and make an impact on our planet I suggest the following alternatives for more adventurous pooper troopers:
gross? maybe… I haven’t tried it. But plenty of people who have made the daring jump to cloth diapers for kids, have easily made the switch to cloth toilet paper. The difficult task here is coming up with an efficient laundry scheme. Provide an extra trashcan with a lid for disposal and always keep a roll of eco-friendly tp (of the flushable variety) for your guests! Zero waste is a choice and we should let each person make it when they’re ready!
Or of course, there’s always an adorable Etsy alternative!
Now. If you’re really committed to going zero waste then boy do I have a surprise for you! Let’s talk bidets.