You may not be aware, but quite a few Americans are jumping on the bidet bandwagon. Not because they are trying to add a bit of European style to their bathrooms, but because the bidet is actually a sustainable or ‘green’ plumbing fixture. Most common in parts of Europe, bidets are usually seen in French hotel rooms and such.
So How Is the Bidet ‘Green’?
Well, the use of a bidet is actually more sanitary than toilet tissue and it cuts down on the amount of tissue paper needed in the home. According to Justin Thomas, editor of the website metaefficient.com, “Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper every year, representing the pulping of some 15 million trees.”
Says Thomas: “This also involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching.” He adds that manufacturing requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually and that significant amounts of energy and materials are used in packaging and in transportation to retail outlets.
To those who say that bidets waste water, advocates counter that the amount is trivial compared to how much water we use to produce toilet paper in the first place. Biolife Technologies, manufacturer of the high-end line of Coco bidets, says the amount of water used by a typical bidet is about 1/8th of a gallon, with the average toilet using about four gallons per flush. – green.yahoo.com