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Public bathrooms everywhere have been trying to reduce their water, energy and paper product usage. There was even a $100,000 prize from the Gates Foundation to design a better toilet. Toilet paper could be the next bathroom product that's ripe for disruption, so ponder a few of these articles next time you're on the thinker. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    charliebrown (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 5:15pm

    Here in Australia, we've had the option to use recycled paper toilet paper for at least the last 20 years. Personally I use a brand called "Safe". It's cheap and soft and, yes, off-white If you're in Australia, give it a try.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 5:18pm

      Re: off-white isn't brown...

      As long as there isn't actually leftover newsprint on the toilet paper... who cares? and it sounds like ppl used to wipe their butts with old Sears catalog pages?! ouch.

       

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    Zos (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 6:21pm

    i have to admit, i've been tempted for awhile to get one of those bidet seats... heated jets sound kind of awesome.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 31st, 2013 @ 7:11pm

    It's really time for the three seashells.

     

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    McCrea (profile), Jan 31st, 2013 @ 8:57pm

    free recycled toilet paper

    I can recycle my own toilet paper.

     

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    Rekrul, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 3:20am

    How about a sponge on a stick and a bucket of water to swish it in when you're done? It's what the Romans used to use...

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 3:52am

    Recycled toilet paper relies on the quality of the products it's made from, so if there's less office paper waste -- recycled toilet paper is either going to get more expensive or feel even less like "normal" TP

    The anal region is highly irrigated (no wonder the most dangerous type of sexual relation for infectivity by the HIV is the anal one). Which takes us to a pretty serious problem. Suppose you use office paper to produce such recyclable TP. It most certainly will come with ink/powder from ink jet and laser printers not to mention ink from all sorts of pens. How well is this type of residue removed from the paper? I mean it can't be healthy to have printer ink residue be absorbed and fall in your blood, right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:05am

    I tend to use a wet wipe (one normaly is enough) and then just 2/3 sheets of tp to dry!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 1st, 2013 @ 4:44am

    In Wash DC they use the Bill of Rights

     

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    patzilla (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 8:52am

    Toilet Paper

    The best roll of toilet paper I ever bought was non-tear. Hahaha. My Grandchildren cried. My Aunt laughed.

     

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    Kevin (profile), Feb 1st, 2013 @ 11:07am

    More toilet friendly paper

    I propose that all newspapers, telephone directories and copy paper become toilet friendly. Yes we need softer newspapers etc. Maybe a home machine that can perforate and aerate paper that turns harsh papers into soft tissues.
    Better a patent the idea. The Perfaerator.
    Then I guess the printers would object over copyright issues. Transferring print to one's rear may be considered illegal copying.
    Come to think about it what did people do during the depression era. Maybe a Perfaerator already exists.

     

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