Empty roll of toilet paper with the phrase Plan B on cardboard center

Every day, we witness copious progress in technology, science, housing, energy, and travel. But when it comes to personal hygiene, we’re still living in the 19th century. Most Americans use dry, bleached, expensive, and environmentally-damaging toilet paper when visiting the loo. We’re a germophobic, antibacterial-obsessed society, yet we still wipe, not wash, our rear ends. Heck, even babies are cleaned with a wet wipe.

If you’ve ever frequented a high-end European hotel, you may have seen an extra — perhaps unfamiliar — porcelain commode next to the standard toilet. As Americans, we initially find bidets amusing; they’re not something we’re accustomed to and most of us have never used one. The mere mention of bidets reverts most mature adults into flush-faced five-year-olds. That’s ironic when you consider a whopping three years of our life is spent sitting on the toilet, according to the World Toilet Organization.

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If you consider the fact that most of us wouldn’t fathom cleaning our dirty hands with just a dry paper towel, the irony is that’s exactly what we do to our derrières daily. Fecal matter is filled with bacteria and improper wiping can cause urinary tract infections as well as yeast infections. In addition, toilet paper is often bleached with chlorine and other harsh chemicals, yet we deem cleaning our rears with water as humorous. I, too, was one of those people.

Until I met TUSHY.

TUSHY Classic. Photo: TUSHY
TUSHY Classic. Image: TUSHY

TUSHY is a stylish, modern bidet attachment that works with your existing toilet and it’s taking butt hygiene to a whole new level. TUSHY keeps you clean with a precise, concentrated stream of water. In fact, there is no plumber required and TUSHY can be installed without added electricity since it’s pressure based; good for your wallet and great for the planet.

Once installed, just turn the knob and water will spray. With three easy steps, installation only takes 10 minutes, works on all standard two-piece toilets, and is available for as little as $69.00 for the TUSHY Classic. You can also upgrade to a more spa-like experience with the TUSHY Spa, which offers temperature control. And you can personalize TUSHY with their fun color choices.

close-up of TUSHY Spa controls
Close-up of TUSHY Spa controls.

Reduce Your Carbon Buttprint

You’ve heard of a carbon footprint, but likely never heard of a buttprint — until now. The toilet paper industry is responsible for the destruction of 27,000 trees per day, or a staggering 15 million trees per year. As Americans, we already consume gravely more paper than any other country; three times more per person than the average European, and 100 times more than the average person in China. The toilet paper production process results in 15 percent of deforestation and the remains of those trees are bleached with dangerous chemicals that are released into the environment, as well as wiped on your skin.

There’s also water waste to the tune of 37 gallons just by flushing a single roll of toilet paper, whereas a bidet uses only one pint. Speaking of TP, be sure to use soft, unbleached, bamboo toilet paper to pat dry. Bamboo is a sustainable, rapidly renewable resource that absorbs 30 percent more carbon dioxide than regular trees.

3 rolls of TUSHY toilet paper on commode lid
Bamboo toilet paper. Image: TUSHY

Giving Back

The fine peeps at TUSHY make it their, uh, duty to not only clean your rear, but help other organizations across the world. In fact, they’ve partnered with Samagra in the Global Sanitation Crisis to offer clean latrine access to over 10,000 families. In addition, they’re giving back five percent of all purchases to the Chron’s & Colitis foundation.

So, now you know the secret to saving money and improving your health. Don’t be dumb, wash your bum. Isn’t it time we do our part to heal the planet, one spray and one less square at a time?

By Lisa Beres

Lisa Beres is a healthy home authority, Baubiologist, published author, professional speaker and Telly award-winning media personality who teaches busy people how to eliminate toxins from their home with simple, step-by-step solutions to improve their health. With her husband, Ron, she is the co-founder of The Healthy Home Dream Team and the 30-day online program Change Your Home. Change Your Health. She is the author of the children’s book My Body My House and co-author of Just Green It!: Simple Swaps to Save Your Health and the Planet, Learn to Create a Healthy Home! Green Nest Creating Healthy Homes and The 9 to 5 Greened: 10 Steps to a Healthy Office. Lisa’s TV appearances include "The Rachael Ray Show," "Nightly News with Brian Williams," "TODAY," "The Doctors," "Fox & Friends," "Chelsea Lately" and "The Suzanne Somers Show."