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Casa Quickie: Limit Your TP

An electric toilet paper dispenser by Kimberly-Clark Corp. automatically doles out only five sheets (squares) of toilet paper to those who use it away from their homes (in airports, schools, offices, etc.). According to one article, they believe "most people will be satisfied with just five sheets — and use 20 percent less toilet paper in the process." It would be silly and extravagant to have an electric tp dispenser in your own home. But, if you follow this five sheet rule, you'll save a lot of trees in the process of . . . you know, wiping. I'm just waiting to see toilet paper cut into 20" strips (5 sheets) for sale to the general public in super markets.

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AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Yeah five sheets is not enough, a lot of the time. What if you've had an onset of your period early and without warning? What if you come down with a tummy bug? I think it would be better to try and get Americans comfortable with bidets.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
The door handle is one of the dirtiest parts of a public bathroom, so I always use a paper towel to leave. Although it's kinda tricky in our office bathroom, I have to open the door with the paper towel, kick it all the way open with my foot, run over to the trash can, and then run out before the door closes on me! :rotfl:
Berlin Berlin 9 years
5 sheets?? I guess its just me that thinks thats a lot! It was horrible, i was at work today in the bathroom, came out, washed my hands and there was another woman who came out of the stall (nightclub mind you...), and stumbled out, without washing hands! And b/c she was drunk, she was touching all on the walls and bars as she walked through the club. How ick!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I'm glad I am not the only one to use towels to open the door. I sometimes feel like Howard Hughes.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
lol neat idea...but sumtimes u need more
emalove emalove 9 years
Tiabia, I'm with you! I ALWAYS use a paper towel to open the door after washing my hands.
jillerin457 jillerin457 9 years
I'm all for saving paper, but sometimes things happen, and you just need more than 5 sheets. I don't want to be trapped in stall, begging someone to bring me extra. Plus, those are probably the same bathrooms with the motion-activated paper towel dispensers, so it's just a fascist paper regime all around.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
JessNess, That's why I always use a paper towel for the door. Of course, a paper towel isn't always there (some restrooms have gone to us only air dryers), so then I have to use my shirt :-(. I hate touching the OUT bathroom door, for the exact reason you mentioned (non-hand washers...YUCK)
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 9 years
I agree, I hate touching things in a public restroom. I hate when the toilet paper dispenser has a stop on it and the paper is constantly ripping and I cannot get more than one tiny piece. It is so wasteful and irritating.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
The reason I like this is because it means that you do not have to touch toilet paper that someone before you touched. Everything is becoming automatic in bathrooms. If only the doors in out would be automatic sot hat I do not have to touch the same handle that the person who did not wash their hands touched
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