if Indians use Toilet Papers, like the Americans do…
As the movie quote goes: ‘People had more than they needed. We had no idea what was precious and what wasn’t. We throw away things people kill each other now.’ – Book of Eli
Humans assume that all that is every produced by the nature is for them to use, abuse and exploit. I have noticed people over using Tissue papers. We come across many people demand and use more than what is actually need. We will never realize the importance of reducing the use of papers unless we face a cataclysmic situation, which is right around the corner. Do we actually need to put ourselves in such a situation?
On a micro level, let me take up the discussion on toilet papers. Using water to clean up was a bit uncomfortable in western countries. Obvious reason is the cold climate. They were not able to bear the ice cold water cleaning their private parts on a chill morning weather. Their food habit was also made conducive to this habit/habitat. They had food with less water content and their feces could be cleaned off easily with tissue papers as it was less messy.
But in a tropical country like India, the usage of tissue papers to clean up could be considered nothing less than aping the western culture sans logic. Indian food has 70% water content and the poop is 85% water (10% more than westerners). Its really messy to clean with tissue papers and that’s why we have been using water for many generations.
But hotels, restaurants, high society rendezvous, offices, and even in some schools the use of toilet paper is increasing. I have been to some hotels in India where they don’t have facility to cleanse with water and the only option is tissues. Referring to the Info-graphic above, if every Indian starts using toilet papers, we would have to cut 5.7 billion trees annually just for cleaning shit. At this rate we will cause more damage to the Earth than any other country can possible do.
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