Are Bidets Better For The Environment?

Adding a bidet to your bathroom offers several advantages. Many people appreciate the excellent hygiene that these fixtures provide. If you are environmentally conscious, you may be concerned about the additional water usage a bidet may bring. Although your water bill will rise slightly, you will actually be able to benefit the environment by changing to a bidet and forgoing toilet paper.

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is a surprisingly big drain on environmental resources. Every year, we need seven million trees to produce enough toilet paper to meet demand in the US. People's demand for comfort is the main reason so many virgin trees instead of recycled paper is used to produce toilet paper. Virgin wood makes for softer paper, and Americans enjoy their plush TP. Since this insistence on comfort is not likely to go away, shifting to a bidet is a good alternative. Gentle streams of warm water are about as comfortable as it gets and are what bidets provide.

Bidets

Bidets are good for the environment while providing better hygiene and more comfort. A stream of water does clean your nether regions better without harsh scrubbing. You are much less likely to irritate your skin, plus your hands stay clean during the process. Although you do use more water, experts say the amount is minimal. Each use of a bidet takes about ⅛ of a gallon of water. Producing just one roll of toilet paper takes 37 gallons of water, 1.5 pounds of wood, and 1.3-kilowatt hours of electricity. Altogether, Americans 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper each year. Using a bidet saves trees, water, and electricity.

Cost

You can purchase a bidet and have it installed for somewhere between $741.02 and $1428.76. You will eventually recoup your investment since you will no longer have to invest in toilet paper. In the meantime, you will enjoy increased comfort and cleanliness as well as save some trees. As home improvements go, installing a bidet is an excellent choice. It may attract potential home buyers as well since it is still somewhat of a novelty.

Bidets are much more popular in Europe than they are in the US, but there are signs that this trend is changing. Although you may think a bidet seems "foreign," you will probably change your mind once you use one. Staying clean and fresh all day is just one of many benefits that the bidet offers.

To learn more, speak with local plumbing services.


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