Bidet VS Tissue Paper

By Tay Wen Wei 2SA2

Minimalistic toilet in an everyday home

On average, we spend 240 days of our lives in the toilet. It is a necessary part of hygiene and sanitation all over the world. Toilets take up many forms, however, flush toilets were first used in the Indus Valley Civilisation. It was discovered in a few cities that a flush toilet was in almost every house, attached to a sophisticated sewage system. In 2012, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that the global economic returns on sanitation spending is US$5.50 for every dollar invested – nearly triple the US$2 economic returns on water spending.

Toilets allowed human civilisations to reduce the spread of disease, water pollution and overall improve the standards of living. There is even a day in the calendar that celebrates toilets and its major contribution to society, and it’s on 19 November. After talking about the significance of toilet, let’s now dive into a commonly overlooked component of the toilet, toilet paper!

Simple toilet paper found in our everyday life

I think something that we have learnt after the pandemic is that toilet paper is indeed an essential item in our lives, as we see stockpiles of it being gone day after day all over the world due to panic buying and the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) spirit of missing out on any essentials during the pandemic. So how did the toilet paper hoarding and the mass use of it come about in the first place?

It mostly involves a shift in attitudes and practices over time, including those associated with bathroom habits and hygiene. This can help explain why people in modern society feel compelled to have toilet paper at hand, particularly during a crisis. However, although it might seem essential to some, it might not be the most environmentally friendly option out there. According to statistics, to produce a single roll of toilet roll, 140 litres of water are used. In retrospect, you could have taken fifty 10 minute showers. It’s flabbergasting if we were also to consider that the average human being uses one roll of toilet paper in 5 days, that’s equivalent to showering 10 times a day.

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Bidet

Bidets /ˈbiːdeɪ/ : a bathroom fixture used especially for bathing the external genitals and the anal region.

On the other hand, bidet is something that is also not commonly found in Singaporeans household despite its rising momentum of usage due to the exposure to the smart toilets in Japan. Our Japanese counterpart has years of experience using the bidet which actually makes a huge difference.

For one, it’s more environmentally friendly. The bidet uses only 0.5 litres of water, that means you could get 280 times of usage from the 140 litres of water used to produce a toilet roll.

Secondly, it is cheaper in the long run. Investing in a bidet seat or bidet attachment can lower your spending on toilet paper by 75% or more. Putting that into perspective, you can save upwards of hundreds dollar in your bills and as a bonus, saving more than 380 plus trees in your lifetime.

Last but not least, using a bidet does help with cleanliness. As shown in studies, using a bidet reduced the chances of rashes, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, and other medical issues that are commonly found in women, as females are 10 times more likely to get it as compared to men. This reduction helps us achieve higher standards of living as a population.

By now, it should be obvious that the bidet reigns supreme, however one thing we must keep in mind is that for optimal effect, it’s best to use both the toilet paper and bidet together in our everyday life.

The bidet might seem very foreign to many people in Singapore, however, it is time we embrace a positive change in our sanitary scene. If you like upgrading things in your life through buying the newest phone or even computer, why not consider and give bidets a chance too, by purchasing it, it will allow you to experience a great positive change in life. So? What are you waiting for? Drop by the nearest bathroom supply store and get yours today!

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