Electronic Bidets Save Forests and Water, AND They’re Cleaner! (We Really Want One ASAP)

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Bidet toilet seatsyes, I’m talking about the ones that clean your bum and lady region with a jet of warm, soothing water—are slowly but surely gaining popularity in the States. While we’re not clear what’s taken Americans so long to embrace the wonders of a bidet (they’re popular pretty much everywhere else in the world), we’re happy bidets are finally getting the love they deserve. Standard toilets are just downright wasteful—and less clean!

Herewith, 6 reasons why you should re-think the way you’re going to the bathroom.

Electronic Bidets Protect Trees & Water

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Every year Americans use approximately 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper, which destroys 15 million trees and consumes 471 billion gallons of water in the process. By cutting way back on TP we would not only save our forests and precious water resources, but it would reduce CO2 in the atmosphere by approximately 1 billion pounds annually (all those paper products have to be processed and shipped all over the country, which uses a lot of energy).

 

Bidets Are (Way) Better at Getting You Clean

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Let’s talk straight up bidet facts. For one, bidets are a more effective way to use the potty since the jet of warm water is actually cleaning you as opposed to simply wiping with dry, abrasive toilet paper. You don’t wipe yourself with a dry towel to get clean, so why do we approach using the bathroom this way? Two, it’s so much more pleasant: using a bidet is like treating yourself to a warm, delightful shower every time you go to the bathroom.

 

It’s Refreshing During Your Period

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You know those times when your cramps are awful, your period is heavy and all you want to do is quickly clean yourself down there? Bidet seats provide a way to refresh and clean sensitive areas of our bodies when a shower is not completely necessary—or when you just don’t have the time. And they’re also great post-sex, for similar reasons.

 

Hands-free Bidets Are More Hygienic Than Regular Toilets

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According to Scientific American, almost 80 percent of all infectious diseases are passed on by human contact—and only about half of us actually wash our hands after using the facilities (UGH). This makes bidets a safer alternative all around since you’re not using your hands to wipe.

 

Bidets Are An Everyday Luxury

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San Francisco-based HomeBidet.com offer a range of bidet models for every budget. The bidets come as attachments to your toilet, and while the basic functions include a heated seat and warm water jet (posterior and feminine wash), many models create a spa-like experience and offer features such as air-dry, wireless remote, night light and deodorizer.

 

You’ll save save money curbing toilet paper use

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Okay, so not only will you preserve and protect natural resources and benefit from a more effective, enjoyable bathroom experience, but switching over to a bidet will save you money! The average person uses roughly 50 rolls of toilet paper each year, which costs $1 or more per roll. A family of 4 would save nearly $200 per year by using a bidet seat. At this rate, the average bidet would pay for itself in 1 to 1.5 years.

Are you ready to change your bathroom experience forever? Join Eco-Chick’s bidet movement and shop bidets using code Summer2016 to receive 5% off your bidet purchase.
Thank you to HomeBidet.com for sponsoring this post.

About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the world's first sustainable living site for women. She created the long-running interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as an ethical fashion and beauty expert on Z Living and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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