Wiping or Washing, being environmentally conscious with numbers.

This post simply provides numbers for comparison between the choice to rely on toilet paper as the primary means for bathroom cleanup or water as the primary means for cleanup. It’s Friday, so here are some stats for funsies!

Toilet Paper Usage Carbon Cost Per Day

Toilet Paper for cleaning: Average 57 sheets, carbon produced: 102.6g

Treatment of waste water (6.6 flushes @ 3 gallons of water a flush): 61.38g

Total 163.99 per daily usage with toilet paper

Bidet Usage Carbon Cost Per Day

Bidet water for cleaning: 1/8 gallon, carbon produced: 0.39g

Treatment of waste water (6.6 flushes @ 3 gallons of water a flush): 61.38g

Toilet Paper for drying: Average 28.5 sheets, carbon produced: 51.3g

Total 113.07 per daily usage with bidet

Lower Impact Winner: Bidet

Additional Statistics on Toilet Paper and Bidet Usage

Daily usage of toilet 57 sheets.

Average of 6.6 visits to the bathroom, using 8.6 sheets per visit.

Carbon produced in the manufacturing of 1 sheet of toilet paper: 1.8 g

Carbon produced in the treating of 1 gallon of water: 3.1 g

Most people use about 20,000 sheets of toilet paper per year (or about 100 rolls).

Remember that a double ply is four perforated sheets = 8 actual sheets doubled over.

Sources:

Volume of water used with bidet usage.

Statistics on toilet paper usage.

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