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Beyond Paperless: The Paperless Bathroom

Society & Culture  (tags: paperless, health, family, greenliving, interesting, humans, culture, society )

- 1989 days ago -
One aspect of going paperless that is especially new and trendy, however, is creating a paperless bathroom. That's right, people, we're talking no Kleenex, no paper towels, and especially no toilet paper where you do your other daily business.

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Pamylle G (461)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:44 pm
I've always wanted a bidet *sigh*....

Christeen A (371)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 4:46 pm
Say it ain't so. I like my paper products in the bathroom.

Barb K (1688)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:06 pm
I once had a bidet and it moved with me to my dad's place when I lived with him, after my mom died. It had a heater with it but if you got your bum too close, ouch! The thing about a bidet is, you still need toilet paper coz a heater just don't cut it! LOL TY Carrie!

Naoko i (264)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:12 pm
Come to Japan and enjoy "Toto technology" !!

Carol H (229)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:14 pm
noted, thanks

Carrie B (306)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:35 pm
Thanks Naoko. You need to tell us more about it!

Laurie H (817)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:36 pm
I'm always interested in new or different innovations, especially technology that's great for the environment. I thought about the bidet idea for home use, but an electrical outlet needed to be close by to the toilet to warm the water. Thanks again Carrie~~~

John B (185)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 7:54 pm
Carrie the title caught my eye and I just had to read this so thanks for the link to the article by Ms. Kelly Clay. A very interesting read and I have used a bidet on occasion and found it adequate. A good friend of mine installed a hand shower attachment to his shower head and ofter doing #2 just sits on the side of the tub, turns the water on and sprays, then uses a towel to dry with. So when I visit I do the same, not as convenient as a bidet but cleans just a well. Read and noted with a smile.

Jason S (50)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 9:14 pm
Good posting, thanks

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:06 pm
I've been to other countries with paperless bathrooms and various types of bathroom technology, including a bathroom in a restaurant in France that was a sloping surface with a hole and handrails (you leaned backward, held on and hoped for the best). I've graduated to cloth shopping bags, and I remember cloth hankies, but for now I think I'll stick with the paper for certain activities. In some early records about contact between North American Indians and Europeans, it was noted that the Indians found it humourously odd that European valued what came out of their noses so much that they put it in pieces of cloth and saved it in their pockets.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 10:07 pm
Like many, I do like bidets.

mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:21 am
paperless toilet ?
What an idiotic BULL$* idea -- as long as there's newspapers and such.

But what's --imho-- a really disgusting abomination is the kind of sink-less toilets (all-too often found e.g. in (mid- & northern) EUroland)

P A (117)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:59 am
Oh my!

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:53 am
We were paperless when travelling overland through Asia. There were mugs of water that we could pour over our so necessary parts as we squatted over the holes in the ground. Who needs a bidet? Softies! LOL

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 6:57 am
All jokes aside, the amount of paper wasted on making us a little more acceptable after our excretory functions is quite serious and damaging to the environment. We do have to try and change our ways!

. (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:09 am
Bidet have been fairly common in mainland Europe for many years but both bidet and the cotton towels suggested as an alternative both use water which is of course a valuable resource itself.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:32 am
Sounds interesting although I did use a bidet when I lived in Europe.

Gene J (290)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 10:31 am
Okay, first, I'm an outie too. As the young man in the video is. I don't want my TP touching the wall EVER, especially in a public restroom, which I try to avoid like the plague, because, imo, it may give ME the plague. :^).

I SAW bidet's in Italy while stationed there in part of 1969, had to have explained to me what that second seat without a seat was for, lol. Never tried one. I DO use paper or my sleeve, coat sleeve hopefully, to open public doors. I'm a little confused though and the article didn't help, how does one get DRY after using a bidet. The operation I saw had two porcelain "gods" one for the traditional purpose and one you sort of hover over to cleanse. But how do you get dry? And some people need the traditional product for other than hygenic reasons, those with conditions like hemorrhoids aren't helped by this method. I get the air drying for ones hands but am uncertain how I'd feel (pun intended) about applying that technology to other regions of my body and can barely imagine what my shower might look like were I to go towel less too. I think this is one of those issues I would love to peek about a 100 years into the future on just to see what, umm, happens. :^)

Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 2:37 pm
interesting! Thx Carrie. As for toilet paper, I was surprised not to find any word in that article about recycled toilet paper. That's what we've been buying over here for decades and every store offers a choice between luxury soft tissue rolls or recycled (and much cheaper) paper rolls.They are sufficiently soft as well.

As for Naoko's friendly invitation -lol- hope you don't end up at a traditional squat toilet ! Good luck! (

Onita Northington (44)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:21 pm
I am not going to any country that doesn't have real toilets, I refuse to squat over a hole. It was bad enough using my grannie's outhouse when I was a kid. I would like to try a bidet because even the best TP leaves something to be desired, as one ends up wiping with ones hand sometimes when the stuff rips.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 5:35 pm
Yes, out is the correct way. But going paperless gives new meaning to "up your butt with a coconut".

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 8:40 am
Sounds simple and intriguing. Better alternative to the holes in gound you enounter in countries such as Morrocco and Russia.
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