Don't vote before reading the thread! First, without reading below, I want you to ask yourselves: would you ever be open to the idea of switching from Kleenex to handkerchiefs or from toilet paper to bidets? Don't worry about the logistics of the change--assume that hankies and bidets are widely available. Continue reading the bullet points below, ask yourself again, then vote! Fun Facts about toilet paper: * The U.S.A goes through 36 billion rolls of toilet paper annually. * Only 2% of toilet paper in the U.S. is made from recycled wood fiber. * Though a sizable fraction of toilet paper is made from wood from tree farms, more than 50% of it is harvested from wild forest, and a small but unignorable percentage of that is harvested from ancient, virgin forest. We're turning beautiful, invaluable wildlife habitat into asswipes every year. * Since we totally need pristine, white toilet paper (because nothing less would be fit to wipe our bungholes with, right?), the manufacturing process uses huge amounts of chlorine, which results in toxic byproducts that get dumped into the environment. * Toilet paper continues to cause widespread septic tank problems for people who live in BFE, Nowhere. * I don't have any exact statistics, but all paper production consumes a lot of water, and considering that toilet paper is the ultimate throw-away product, this is quite wasteful. * Toilet paper must be packaged and then shipped by truck all around the country, and often you have to drive your car out to the supermarket to pick it up. It also costs money to buy. * Wood fiber is relatively short, and therefore rough on the skin. Recycled wood fiber is even more-so. * Dry wipes are not able to clean as well as a rinse of water. Fun Facts for tissues: * One Kleenex takes more than half a gallon of water to produce (it's approx. 2.2 liters). * You can use a Kleenex once, twice, maybe three times on a good day, before you have to throw that wet, dripping mess in the trash. A handkerchief (provided it's a normal size, which is typically larger than a Kleenex) is not likely to ever get so saturated throughout the day that it becomes unusable, and it can last for at least 520 wash cycles in the laundry. * It takes three times more energy to produce the tree fiber that makes a Kleenex than it does for the cotton that makes a handkerchief. Also, trees take longer to grow than cotton. * The cotton fibers of a handkerchief are longer (and therefore softer and gentler on the skin) than even virgin wood pulp. There are no recycled Kleenex available because the wood fibers would be far too short for comfort. * Kleenex often have to be imbued with lotion (making them more resource intensive and expensive) in order to not cause skin irritation from frequent use. Even then, they often make sore noses after frequent blowing. * Because they're disposable, it's easy to run out of Kleenex. Being stuck with a runny nose but nothing to wipe with can really suck, especially if in public.