How far would you go to save the environment? Would you give up your plush toilet paper for reusable wipes? Didn't think so.
The reusable toilet wipes top Time magazine's list of "Top 10 Odd Environmental Ideas." According to the magazine, the nice soft toilet paper we love is awful for the environment. It contains no recycled material, and it's often made from old-growth trees. In fact, one waste expert called soft toilet paper "a lot worse than driving a Hummer" when it comes to environmental impact. Ouch.
The solution is reusable toilet wipes. And they are just what you think they are -- cloth wipes that you use once, wash, and use again -- just like the old cloth diapers that almost nobody uses anymore. They are apparently really soft, supposedly even softer than the triple-ply toilet paper that kills so many trees.
We know what you're thinking -- what about the smell? What about storing them? One website that sells the wipes claims it's not an issue:
Lately, with all the media attention, there've been a lot of naysayers talking about the stench. I can honestly say, our wipes don't stink. They don't go into a sealed container. They go into a little (lidded) garbage can in the bathroom. Many people use a wet bag. There is no odor.
Time isn't buying any of this, giving it a 5-out-of-5 on its "Eco Craziness" scale:
The cloth wipes are even sold in "funky and fun" combinations. We're willing to bet they're funky, especially after a week in the wet bag. Fun? Not so much.
If you're still interested, the wipes sell for $11 a dozen -- $20 if you want premium wipes made out of even softer material.