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Whether you’re aware of it or not, trees are a diminishing resource, and we all need to do our part to protect them.

In our last blog, we talked about just how many trees we are wasting every year to make toilet paper and other paper products, as well as the devastating effects that destroying trees has on our environment. Paper waste is a huge problem in the United States, and much of this blame lies in toilet paper. While not all of us have jobs that require paperwork, read newspapers or even use facial tissues, most Americans use toilet paper on a daily basis. Additionally, junk mail, newspapers and many other forms of paper are recyclable, whereas, toilet paper is not (for obvious reasons). So what can you do to cut down on the amount of toilet paper you use in your home?

#1. Buy high-quality toilet paper.

Low-quality rolls are much cheaper than high-quality, so it’s tempting to buy them to save a few bucks, but when you buy low-quality, you actually end up spending more money in the long run. That’s because higher quality toilet paper is designed to be more absorbent, so you can get away with using less and it lasts longer.

#2. Fold up toilet paper instead of bunching it.

When you use toilet paper, you should never bunch it up. When you bunch up your toilet paper, you’re working with a much smaller surface area, which means you’ll have to use more of it to get clean. Instead of bunching up your toilet paper, fold it up.

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#3. Don’t buy double or triple rolls.

Just as going with a cheaper toilet paper won’t necessarily save you money, neither will buying double or triple rolls of toilet paper. That’s because, on a psychological level, when you see that you have more toilet paper available, you’re likely to use a lot more. When you buy normal-sized toilet paper rolls, you’re much more likely to use a conservative amount of toilet paper.

#4. Don’t use more than you need.

When it comes to toilet paper, less is more. Most of us use a lot more toilet paper than we really need, and that excessive use is bad for both the environment and our plumbing systems. Avoid having to call in our experts for plumbing services in Belleville by only using as much toilet paper as you need.

#5. Look for alternative to standard toilet paper.

You may be surprised to learn that there are a number of alternatives out there to standard toilet paper. Here are just a few of them:

  • Recycled Toilet Paper – This is toilet paper made from recycled material. If you decide to go with recycled toilet paper, look for an option that is chlorine and BPA free.
  • Bamboo and Sugarcane Toilet Paper – These kinds of toilet paper are biodegradable and much more sustainably made than traditional toilet paper.
  • Water – In much of the world, they simply use water to clean themselves after using the bathroom instead of any paper products at all.

Reducing your toilet paper use is good for both the environment and your plumbing system. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.