If You’ve Been Bidet Curious, Now Is Really the Time to Invest
No toilet paper equals a happier planet.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:03 AM
Odds are, you know someone who knows someone whose neighbor installed a bidet during the pandemic. According to a recent survey from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 22 percent of Americans say they are more interested in buying the specialized bathroom fixture—a longtime staple in such countries as Italy, France, and Japan—now than they were before the pandemic. While everyone’s sudden interest in the nifty sprayers was really a result of the toilet paper shortage in 2020, there’s a more pressing reason to invest in one: global warming.
The Natural Resources Defense Council recently revealed that the biggest toilet paper brands on the market are contributing to global warming by destroying forests that pull carbon from the atmosphere, reports Fast Company. While it suggests swapping Charmin and Cottonelle for more sustainable alternatives made from recycled paper and bamboo (think: Seventh Generation), to avoid all-things-scratchy down there, we’re in favor of a little bathroom redesign.
In the hygienic department, bidets win. For starters, they don’t require you to clean yourself using the germiest parts of your body (your hands!) because the water jets do all the work. H2O is also one of the most effective ways to clean anything on your body. So what about the bill? While many bidets are an investment up front (Toto sells one that’s $5,000), according to Business Insider, a seat or attachment can lower your long-term spending on toilet paper by 75 percent or more. Plus think about all the trees and resources you’ll be saving in the process—bidets only require one-eighth of a gallon of water to operate. (Psst: It takes about 37 gallons of water to make a single roll of toilet paper.) The planet—and your body—just got a little bit happier.