Also known as "family cloth," a reusable fibre cloth can be washed and used again.
Is using toilet paper a pain in the ass and detrimental to the environment? Some people seem to think so. Now, they're switching to an alternative. Say hello to “reusable toilet paper,” a cost-effective, eco-friendly system with which you wipe your butts with cloth wipes instead of toilet paper, and then wash and reuse them for as long as they last. But how efficient is it really in cleaning up a mess? Isn't it important to inculcate careful storing and cleaning methods to protect yourself and your family from potential illness if these cloths aren't washed well enough? The cloths are being marketed under different terms, such as: cloth wipes, family cloth, reusable toilet wipes, un-toilet paper and upcycled toilet paper. We still don't know why they're called family cloths though.
and calling it "FAMILY CLOTH" only makes it way more disgusting somehow— Dan (@CaioDan) March 9, 2018
"In my mind, buying and using disposable toilet paper was literally flushing money down the toilet," a "family cloth" enthusiast told Buzzfeed. "Let's also set the record straight: Individuals who use family cloth do not only have a single piece of cloth. We have dozens of smallish strips of cloth." But how is this move sustainable for the environment? In the article, one person commented: I can't figure out how this system is better for the environment. Toilet paper is biodegradable. These cloths eventually will need to be replaced, and I'm guessing she won't be using the old ones to make a quilt, so they will go in the trash eventually, and will take a lot longer to degrade. Another pointed out: And the fact that they call it " the family cloth" makes it not just GROSS, but creepy. Healthline reports that toilet paper is largely biodegradable. So if you're making a switch because you care about the environment consider this: a lot of energy and water is required (along with bleach) to thoroughly wash the cloths.
i just read an article about "the family cloth" (ie: using washcloths instead of toilet paper to be more eco friendly) and i really wish i could forget it— ❄CEO of Snowflake❄ (@sciendere) March 11, 2018
burn the perfomative sustainability movement to the ground
This reusable toilet paper is being sold on Etsy and although they come in pretty prints, we're not really sold on the idea. We found "one set of 15 reusable toilet paper cloths. Made with 2-ply cotton flannel and surged edges to prevent fraying. 5 cloths of each pattern. Each cloth is approx 4.5” by 8”. Simply place in a basket or roll sheets together and place on toilet paper holder. Flannel naturally clings to itself when being rolled together!" These were being sold for (Canadian) $28 by JuniperBeeStudio. Care Instructions included: Machine wash hot water, dry on medium heat, iron as needed. Do not use fabric softener as it decreases absorbency.
I'm too lazy to keep my tupperware clean. I am not up to this.— Wandering Meatloaf (@magneticksara) March 9, 2018
Others wondered why people just wouldn't add a bidet to their bathroom instead of all this fuss? One tweeted: Get a damn bidet. According to Business Insider, it's also a more environment-friendly option where you can save trees as well as money! The bidet uses only one-eighth of a gallon of water. Did you know it takes about 37 gallons of water to make a single roll of toilet paper? Americans use approximately 34 million rolls of toilet paper a day! They spend $40 to $70 a year on average for toilet paper. If they switch to a bidet they'll be spending less by 75 percent and saving 384 trees that are cut down to make a single person's lifetime toilet-paper supply! Some people have suggested using washcloths to wipe after using a bidet instead of directly taking on poo stains. One person shared a TikTok video on Twitter showcasing the use of washcloths which got a lot of reactions. A person joked in response: Fossil fuel companies laughing their asses off at us ruining our lives washing little shitty rags trying to save a little toilet paper while they destroy the planet. Another added: Imagine if they put this energy into getting stricter laws and fines against fast fashion brands that continue to pollute the environment. But no, Jeanie wants to keep a box of doodoo fermenting by the loo, for the aesthetic.
I have a bidet and a ridiculously large collection of washcloths for drying afterward. Using toilet paper when I'm away from home feels weird and primitive now.— Rotten Recipe Stealin Bitch 💗💜💙 (@JaneParkerrr) June 13, 2021