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Old 05-27-2008, 10:33 PM   #41
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A little insight into the TP business. Sure beats corn cobs on a roll.

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There's a book deal in the works for this couple and there should be also for unclemick! Now that one I would buy - wonder what the title will be...
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Just a related thread from the "classic" movies:

the 3 shells - Demolition Man (1993) Forums

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A year without toilet paper? No problem! Just as long as there's a bidet with instant warm water feature sitting next to the pot. Hmmmm....what's better for the environment....saving hot water by using TP or sparing trees by using the fancy french butt washer?
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One of the things I noticed after DW and I were married was the incredible quantities of TP she uses. She must roll it off by the yard. Mentioned it once, she got all defensive.

Um, okay, I'll leave that subject alone. TP is cheap and not worth arguing about....

So the answer to the question is "NO!"
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:52 AM   #47
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Shoot I did not learn what toilet paper was until 16. We had outhouse. What joy in winter in the high mountains. The trick in winter was to throw burning newspaper down the old "one holer" then sit down. Special joy when the "honey wagon" came by for a cleanout, bucket brigade.

Thats the way it was in the old country.

Speaking of TP, there was a lady I knew whose name rhymed with charmin, all you had to do was be Mr Whipple, to get a squeezin'.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:49 PM   #48
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While I applaud what they are doing, no way would I go a year without paper. I think everyone can be more concerned with what they use but this is an extreme.
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Yeah, really, if they were seriously committed to no impact, why go for only a year? They're just doing it for book sales. Besides, no impact at all is impossible; low impact is more achievable.
I read what I wrote a few months ago and I was harsh. I have read blog posts of noimpactman (Colin Beavan) and it seems he is earnest about what he is doing, to prove that happiness is possible without a lot of consumer stuff with all the benefits of the simpler life for the environment. Their year is over but I think they are going to continue with some of their practices.

As for me, I wouldn't want to go without toilet paper. Abundance in toilet paper is one of the neatest things about living in America for me, along with running water, regular trash collection and street cleaning, parks, and public libraries.
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Remember seeing these in the novelty catalogs?

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Remember seeing these in the novelty catalogs?

Where do you find these things, Al?
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Google images -- it never disappoints. Just searched for "electric toilet paper corncob."
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Ya good thing it isnt gas powered.


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Give it up for a year? Dryer sheets maybe, TP never.
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I would at home because we have bidets. DH doesn't use any TP! I often do because it is quicker, but you do get cleaner with the bidet.
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Is going without toilet paper known as the "no sheet" approach?
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Being that I'm retired, I try to look for those opportunities to reduce my expenses.

In order to cut down on water/soap, I now wear my underwear an average of 4 days ...

I reverse it once (front to back) - two days
I turn it "inside out" - two days

In addition, I've started using both sides of TP. This means that instead of "4 sheets" I only need to use 2.

Hope these "savings tips" can be of use to you in these "rough times"....

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I would at home because we have bidets. DH doesn't use any TP! I often do because it is quicker, but you do get cleaner with the bidet.
Our toilet paper usage went way down once we installed washlets. Probably could have gone to zero-paper if we had gone for the "blow-dryer" option. Not sure that the extra power used would have really reduced the carbon footprint as compared to TP, though.

BTW, the Edo period equivalent of corn cobs was a length of rope. (An option for hemp fans?)
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