Being Green In The Bathroom……….

Posted: 21/05/2008 in Uncategorized
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Has being green become Biffy, um, I mean spiffy

Being green has become quite a fad today. Seem like everyone is spouting off about how they’re trying to save the environment by reducing their carbon footprint, or recycling, or cutting back on some fool thing or another. Especially gas. I wonder if those same people who are bragging about cutting back on their driving, are really doing so to save money, or are they really concerned for the environment? My guess would be the former.

With all of the hype surrounding the need for green, there’s been a stupendous increase in greed for green. I got a press release today from a company called Biffy. The headliner read “ECO FRIENDLY BATHROOM ACCESSORY HELPS REDUCE TOILET PAPER CONSUMPTION.” Sounded interesting so I bit into the apple. Guess what’s new on the market? The ultimate green device! Finally a way to save on toilet paper usage and save all of those nice trees in the woods!

Here’s what the manufacturer has to say about it; “Made of anti-bacterial and polycarbonate parts, the Biffy is a patented invention that hides discreetly under a toilet seat rim and cleans users with an adjustable spray nozzle that shuts off automatically when not in use. The product has been hailed by many as an inexpensive way of significantly reducing toilet paper consumption, while at the same time promoting good health and hygiene.”

Sounds like a whale of deal doesn’t it? According to the release the concept of the device is “Combining the power of water with a one-touch system, the Biffy is optimally positioned within arm’s reach of a user. A push on the handle turns on and positions a fresh water spray to suit a user’s preference.” So you get done doing your job and spray your butt with a stream of fresh clean water. But you’re saving toilet paper. How does one dry their bottom after spraying it with water?

There’s a couple of problems I have with products like this. The first one is that many, not all, but many companies jump on the drive to suck money out of the public by preying on the emotions that drive this errant green movement sweeping our land today. It’s easy to buy whatever the going fad is to appear as though you are contributing to the solution, instead of the problem. Well, guess what? When you succumb to the fad, you are contributing to the problem.

While I wish American Biffy Company all the luck with their product, as it does have some good marketing points, and has a place in the market for it, I don’t believe their greenness is for real here. In the first place, you still have to use toilet paper to dry yourself don’t you? Or possibly paper towels. But either way unless you have a cloth towel handy, you’ll be using paper. But the bigger issue is, what about the water? You’re going to be using more water than if you were just flushing. And then you have to remember the product. It’s made out of plastic, which means chemicals and manufacturing which adds to the level of pollution in the atmosphere. And what about the increased demand on the municipal water supplies?

If you want to reduce the use of paper in your household, why blame toilet paper? How much do you use in paper towels? I bought cloth wipes three months ago and haven’t bought a single roll of paper towels since then. My place is just as clean with cloth, and I haven’t used what would have been the equivalent of maybe ten rolls of towels. How much paper have you thrown in the trash? All of that has to go to a landfill or recycler, which adds to the transportation factor. Did you know that newspapers, depending on the ink on them, make excellent cleaning wipes for stainless steel and glass?

If you want to go green, bravo to you! But don’t start buying all kinds of crap thinking it’s going to make you some kind of hero. Reduce, reuse and recycle is the way to start. Lots of ways are out there to be a better, and more responsible consumer. But don’t let me turn you off from this one product. If you want it fine, but don’t think you are being green just because you bought one. Check ‘em out anyways, they have this neat heated toilet seat for when you turn the thermostat down.


Revelation 18:2-4 (King James Version)

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

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