Last week I wrote a blog post about toilet paper. Eco-friendly, ethical toilet paper. Toilet paper that’s even more eco-friendly and ethical than the previous eco-friendly and ethical toilet paper I used to buy. It feels kind of absurd, really – writing blog posts about toilet paper. I pondered what friends I’ve not been in contact with recently might think if they stumbled across the post. I wonder what Lindsay’s up to these days? I’ll check her blog. Oh. She’s writing about toilet paper. Is that really how she spends her time these days? Does she have nothing bigger to worry about?
Right after I’d published the post, I came across a newspaper article…about toilet paper and bloggers. It was about 3 bloggers who don’t use toilet paper at all; they use reusable cloth wipes. If you’re at all sustainably-minded, it makes a lot of sense, really. Many people advocate cloth nappies for babies… so why not continue to use cloth as an adult?! After all, being pro zero-waste and anti disposables doesn’t really fit with buying single-use toilet paper. And you know what? It’s not just the hippies and waste extremists that choose not to use it. Having just come back from spending four weeks in Thailand, where toilets are fitted with a high pressure hose for cleaning yourself rather than using toilet paper, I know there are whole populations that eschew toilet paper altogether.
No matter how green and sustainable it might be, this isn’t something that I nor my boyfriend are ready for. Nope. It makes total sense, yes, but neither of us are game to be washing adult nappy-cloths any time soon. Or any other time. It’s just taking it all a little too far for us.
It got me thinking, though, about how everyone is on their own journey. My own path towards making my lifestyle more sustainable one step at a time has led to writing his blog, and sharing my own experiences in the hope they might inspire others to make their own changes. Lots of little changes add up to make much bigger changes. I’m interested in so many things, from minimalism and simple living to zero waste and plastic-free living; health, wellness and food. Sustainability is, for me, the overarching ethos that connects them all together.
I shared the post about toilet paper because, although it was a small change, it stood for much bigger things. It was another step towards loosening the grip that the supermarket has over me. It was choosing to spend my money on products that promote change that I believe in rather than lining multinational company coffers. And it achieving something (making a change) I’d wanted to do for a while. I’m sure some people read the post and thought, that’s all well and good, but it’s far too hard for me to ditch the supermarket right now. Others possibly thought I can’t believe she still thinks it’s sustainable to use toilet paper! Can’t she retrofit a hose into her bathroom? And hopefully there were others who thought Wow, that’s a great idea! I’m gonna look those guys up and order some myself. Screw you, Tesco/Walmart/Coles!
And you know what? It doesn’t actually matter. We all do what’s right for us for where our lives are now. If I inspired you to make a change then that’s great! But if the last post didn’t connect with you, be relieved to know that I don’t often write posts about toilet paper. Maybe the next post I write will connect with you. Or the next. We’re all on different journeys.