You can now buy reusable toilet paper

Eco 24/02/2020

It's 2020 and it's fair to say the many Kiwis are doing something to help the enviroment.

Whether they are intentionally going out of their way to walk to work, buy only second-hand goods or recycling - or they are just obiding by NZ laws and using reuseable bags - now there is a new way to help you help the enviroment a little more.

Well.... kind of.

Reusable toilet paper is now a thing you can buy on the internet. Spotted on online marketplace Etsy, people are now making small cloths that are to be used when one visits the loo. Priced from $16 to $50 for a set, the ‘reusable’ toilet paper is being marketed as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional loo roll.

How do they work?

Reusable toilet wipes are usually used for number ones, then tossed in a hamper or bin to be washed later, then reused. However, how they’re used can depend on the family. 

But some people are calling out their flaws.

While reusable toilet wipes are a great way to save a little bit of money and seem to help the environment, many have realised that the hot water to wash them, how often you would have to launder them to keep things hygienic and smell-free, and disinfecting the washing machine after each wash may not give the best pay off.

Furthermore, reusable toilet paper is a haven for germs.

“This is just a risky practice, overall I think, and the potential for cross contamination is just very high from your bathroom, where they’re stored, to your laundry room," Kelly Reynolds, a director and public health researcher at the University of Arizona, told USA today. “When you wash these clothes, you transfer these germs to the entire load of laundry, even subsequent loads if you’re not using a protocol.” That is, adhering to a strict laundry protocol of disinfecting and sanitising your machine, which requires bleach and water heated to a temperature most of us don’t usually use at home.

But it is good to know that the option is there - and you never know, you may just get them to work for you!