Bidet toilets are increasing in popularity, but are they really better for the environment? There are plenty of myths and misunderstandings in circulation, so in this post, we’ll take a look at five ways bidet toilets are definitely better for the environment.
When you’ve finished reading, head over to the Ecoway catalog to learn more about our bidet toilets and find one that’s perfect for your home!
5 Ways Bidets Benefit the Environment
Reduced Toilet Paper Usage
First and foremost, bidets greatly reduce the amount of toilet paper you’ll use over the course of a year. The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper each year — that’s more than eight rolls each month! And for a family of four, that’s approximately 2,000 rolls of toilet paper over the course of four years. Bidets don’t completely eliminate the need to have toilet paper rolls on hand, but they can cut the average usage significantly.
Toilet paper wastes an incredible amount of water in the production process. It’s been estimated that Americans use more than 36 billion rolls of toilet paper every year, and the production of that toilet paper alone requires nearly 473 million gallons of water. On top of the production requirements, many traditional toilets are not low-flow and only add to the water consumption created by toilet paper usage.
Plastic is a critical component of the toilet paper industry. Rolls have to be packaged before they can be shipped, and while many manufacturers are turning to recyclable plastics, the manufacturing process itself is hardly environmentally friendly. Bidet toilets, on the other hand, have a one-time manufacturing cost that pays itself off several times over in terms of waste reduction.
If you’re like most people, then you probably keep baby wipes and other toilet paper alternatives on hand. These, like toilet paper, create an enormous amount of waste and are known to cause plumbing problems and litter in natural areas. Bidet toilets are able to provide complete, sanitary cleaning that often reduces the need to purchase toilet paper alternatives altogether.
Let’s face it — not everyone is on board with the concept of a bidet. For one reason or another, they have a preconceived idea of how it will or won’t work and, as a result, aren’t willing to give them a chance.
Social proof is exactly what it sounds like — it’s showing rather than telling the people in your life about the benefits of a bidet. When you buy one and tell your friends and family, they’re much more likely to consider it for their own homes. This has a network effect that spreads and makes the benefits of bidets even more widespread!
Making a difference starts in your own home. If you’re looking for an easy and affordable way to reduce your home's environmental impact, an Ecoway bidet toilet is a great place to start. Browse our catalog and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions!