Is this Clean?
I believe the biggest issue with tissue can be summed up nicely in a quote found in a blog entitled "of toilet paper and space probes"
The author then proposes a challenge to help people visualize the problem. He suggests cleaning peanut butter off one's beard using toilet paper without the use of a mirror.
The point is that toilet paper does not actually "clean," it simply removes most of the material. Would one want to shower like this? Without water or soap?
Note: James is actually covered in paint. James finally decided to shower with soap and water and not the toilet paper.
Is it strange that we spend more time with oral-care products than ass-care products? We should at least give both orifices equal cleansing attention.
The Three Sea Shells
The idea of toilet paper is jeered at in the classic movie Demolition Man starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. In this movie Stallone's character John Spartan is cryogenically frozen and brought back to life in the future. After using the toilet of the future, the following dialogue takes place:
This famous clip can be viewed here.
Waste of Paper
Some would argue that the greater concern would be the waste of paper. Approximately 5.8 million tons of tissue products were produced in the United States annually (1992, Ame. Forest and Paper Association). However, 3.5 million tons of scrap paper was used to manufacture these tissue products. According to Toilet Paper World, tissue manufacturers have one of the highest recycled paper utilization rates in the paper and paperboard industry; over 60 percent in recent years. This means that tissue manufacturers require 60 tons of recovered paper for every 100 tons of tissue paper produced.
The following data shows the options that one cord of wood could yield. (ToiletPaperWorld.com).
Without toilet paper one could conceivably have an additional 7.5 million toothpicks annually! That's a lot of toothpicks!
Toilet paper involves some contact with fecal matter which is not very sanitary. Also, with a different means of cleaning (perhaps a paperless means) there will be less toilet bowl clogs. It would also make water purification slightly easier.
Toilet paper is hard to load onto the holder. Sometimes the holder springs
eject themselves and fly around the bathroom. Occasionally the toilet
paper holder falls off and the paper touches the dirty bathroom floor.
This problem was actually solved by my ex-lab partner Bill Fienup with
his easy load toilet paper holder.