Last week I was desperate to get my hands on some MTP (moist toilet paper) for work coz since coming back from the UK, where you can find loads of brands in the shops and it’s found in many homes and workplaces, I just thought, Great! We should have this everywhere! It’s a lot more discreet than traipsing off the the workplace loo with a bottle of water in hand. But I just couldn’t find any in Pick ‘n Pay or Hyper and I was pretty mad about it.
And I was having these mad rants in my head, like “So you’ll sell tiny packs of highly overpriced ‘intimate Wipes’ in the sanitary towel aisle and non-flushable bum wipes in the baby aisle but you don’t deem this necessary for adult men and non-menstruating women?” And my other thought was doctors and nurses tell you to clean your baby’s butt with moist wipes or damp cotton wool but for adult’s butts dry, scratchy paper is supposed to be sufficient?” And I also thought about all those “spoofs” that American comics make about people from the Middle East/Asia washing their behinds when they go to the loo but like, what, using paper is supposed to be cleaner? And basically I was ranting. I just wished I could put a jug in the work bathroom and not come back to find that someone had disposed of it or filled it with flowers.
And then oddly, today I found THIS on Salon.com – fantastic! An article all about crap. It’s tres interesting, very educational and quite a laugh at times.
My favourite part was this:
The US and the UK stubbornly remain paper cultures, and attempts to introduce bidet toilets have failed. Hygienically, bidet toilets are infinitely superior. Using toilet paper to clean yourself down there makes about as much hygienic sense as cleaning yourself with a towel and imagining you’re rubbing off the dirt. We’ve got a very unhygienic way of cleaning a place of our body that we would like to be very clean.
Coz you wonder why more people don’t think about it that way.
But it also deals with the social, economic and environmental impact of sanitation all around the world. Like I didn’t know that the invention of the toilet added 20 years to our lives? And that before flushing toilets became common, the average London child had a 50-50 percent chance of surviving to age 5!
Also, it never occurred to me before that water-closets (flushing loos) waste millions of liters of potable water each day and the cost millions of dollars in sanitation costs to clean that same water, which gets pumped back into taps. Suddenly the idea of the earth-closet (old fashioned non-flushing loos) which makes the biowaste compostable seems to make a lot more sense. (Though maybe not in cities)
Anyway, worth a read.
[Link: Salon.com – Let’s talk crap]