Sustainable Living Resource 4: Using Toilet Paper and Paper Products

Today’s sustainable living resource is all about using toilet paper and paper products.  


When I was in college, I became aware that some people use a lot more toilet paper than others, when using the bathroom!


It never occurred to me before, as I’d been taught that using three to five squares of toilet paper at a time was a reasonable amount.  


But, when I lived with a bunch of friends, in my early twenties, I started wondering why we were running out of toilet paper so quickly.


I won’t go into details, but I will say that it became aware to me that one of our roommates was using two to three times the amount I used per wipe.  So that’s where all the toilet paper was going!

I said, “Woah, woah, you’re using so much toilet paper!  You can’t use that much every time!”  I know, that was a little bold of me, wasn’t it!  And, we stopped having to buy so much toilet paper after I said that!

This kind of approach can be applied to any paper product, that’s not reusable, in the household.  Can you use less paper per use?  Do you need to use a whole square of paper towel to wipe the oil out of a frying pan?  Maybe, if there’s that much oil, but maybe you could use half a square, if there’s not that much oil.


Same with toilet paper.  Maybe you don’t need eight to ten squares every time, maybe you do, but just something to think about the next time you wipe!  

And, on another note, have you thought about using recycled or bamboo paper products, which are more sustainable than virgin made paper products?  Click here to read more about the benefits of buying recycled or bamboo made products, like toilet paper and facial tissues.



Empowering Questions:


Although these sustainability resources may seem totally unrelated to mindfulness, life skills and human growth potential, how do these simple shifts in mindset around what you buy and how you use it support you to be more mindful in your daily life?

And, what’s the impact of you being more mindful about what you’re buying and how you’re using it on yourself, those around you and Life itself?  


With Aloha Nui Loa,


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