The environmental cost of toilet paper

March 12, 2009
Toilet paper seems to be the latest environmental guilt trip, judging by this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/article/?id=1239&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en The funniest part of this comes from one ...

Toilet paper seems to be the latest environmental guilt trip, judging by this piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/article/?id=1239&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

The funniest part of this comes from one of the comments posted in response:

"Seriously, the toilet paper problem would be solved if we used just one square of toilet paper, the way that my brother learned from the Marines. Impossible? No, simply take one square, fold it in half twice to make a smaller square, tear off the folded corner, open up the larger piece that now has a hole in it, insert your finger, clean yourself, flush the square, and then unfold the small piece you tore off. Use it to clean your fingernail."

Guess I won't be shaking hands with any Marines anytime soon.

My idea: Quit being a whiner. Who needs toilet paper? Use corn cobs.

About the Author

Lee Teschler | Editor

Leland was Editor-in-Chief of Machine Design. He has 34 years of Service and holds a B.S. Engineering from the University of Michigan, a B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan;, and a MBA from Cleveland State University. Prior to joining Penton, Lee worked as a Communications design engineer for the U.S. Government.

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