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  • I can’t believe you made a tree masturbation joke.

    will betheboys last blog post..Chat Recap # 8

    August 10, 2008
  • Even though my post was a little over a month ago, I thought it was very significant considering it is something most everyone – if not everyone – would be interested in participating in since gas prices are ridiculous (even still). Not everyone is bought on the whole “Going Green” lifestyle because of whatever reason (usually, “It’s too much work.” wahhh).

    I did the TP challenge and have saved a lot more!!! I honestly can’t remember when I last bought my 24 pack of toilet paper. I think it was when you brought this idea up (what was it, May??) I think we’ve used only 6 rolls out of it. At this rate, the pack should last us the whole year!!!

    A Jill of All Tradess last blog post..4 years ago today…

    August 10, 2008
  • This title has me rolling! you’re a bad ass. Good for y’all.
    And um.. 1… Hell No is right!
    We’re using 7 rolls vs 12. Not huge like yours, but I’m pleased. We’re working on it ;-)

    rachels last blog post..Foodtography & Beachtography: Weekly Winners

    August 10, 2008
  • That IS TOO huge! Rock on, woman! :-D

    August 10, 2008
  • That is awesome! Good job!
    Things around here are a little better too. C has gone from 1/2 a roll at each sitting to just a few squares. WHOOT.

    Beware of the wet wipes. Despite what is says on the packaging they aren’t really flushable and will eventually cause some nasty build-up that could either lead to the dreaded slow flush, or worse, a complete back-up.

    Jessica (aka Rose from It’s my life…)s last blog post..It’s time for a shift in mindset.

    August 10, 2008
  • Cri

    hey! i didnt even know about this but yeah. we’ve definitly cut down on our tp use. cuz seriously. all the little things really add up! the tree joke. hilarious madam, truly hilarious.

    Cris last blog post..CATS

    August 10, 2008
  • Oh my god, I thought I was the only person who counted TP squares! Although I haven’t measured how much we’re using, I do make a conscious effort to only use 3 squares when I pee. You’ve really inspired me to take this to the next level.

    Cassandra Raes last blog post..Weekly Winners

    August 10, 2008
  • I admit it, I made no effort. But I think my standard of a 24 pack lasting over a year is pretty good, to start with. God help us everyone when Isobel starts potty training and I have to put the roll back where she can reach it.

    August 10, 2008
  • That is so great! I am impressed – I didn’t do the challenge, but I think maybe I should!

    Rachaels last blog post..Saturday Share

    August 10, 2008
  • Lol…I’ll never look at trees the same…. ;)

    Good JOB!

    Jennifer S^Ns last blog post..What would you do?

    August 11, 2008
  • That is impressive but I gotta ask, what about the wipes? Don’t those take longer to biodegrade or whatever? I am all for green but I always find some other things we do are just as bad so do we ever win? I shudder at the old days when my Mom used our washrags to clean baby butts, we then used them on our face and bodies? UGH! But we were pretty green then weren’t we? And not just the eco kind now that I think about it, feeling a little nauseated LOL

    Special Ks last blog post..Still alive

    August 11, 2008
  • “I swear, there are trees out there masturbating to my picture right now. (Yes, I totally went there.)”

    It takes a special brand of demented to even be in the neighborhood of there. But does that mean that maple syrup is the equivalent of what you’d scrape out of a lonely guy’s old sock or something?

    Lilacspecss last blog post..Weekly Winners August 3-9

    August 11, 2008
  • “What will you do to make a difference today?”

    I didn’t cook today. That’s right, I didn’t use the stove (gas) or the oven. It’s the small triumphs that get me through my day.
    Oh and…I skipped doing laundry. My soul feels good. ;)

    August 11, 2008
  • Um, I have to ask – and I figure since now the whole “tree touching it’s no-no place” has been brought up, my question is less invasive now.
    We ALL know John is gone a lot. So, how much was he home during your trial month of ten rolls? I mean, if he was only there a week – you are a POOP MACHINE. And don’t EVEN blame it on The Mexican because he uses grass…
    I just have to know.

    Allies last blog post..For Indigo

    August 11, 2008
  • That’s great you were able to half your consumption! I’m not officially doing the TP challenge, but I *have* been trying to pay more attention and not just pulling off half a roll at once – and it’s amazing how big of a difference that makes.

    Um, the tree thing was gross though.

    August 11, 2008
  • Impressive, Lotus. Seriously. I was thinking we used two rolls a month (the great big double rolls from Costco) but J my dh says we go through more than that. (not cause of me, I only use 3 squares, ever!) My mother wasted so much toilet paper that it was gross. I mean, we are talking a paper mitten. Even as a kid I knew it was crazy.

    So now I have to keep track and will report back once I have actual numbers. You have inspired me, and isn’t that what this is all about. Who knew I would be moved by your butt paper?


    T@SendChocolates last blog post..Reason #247,602 why I will be voting for Obama

    August 11, 2008
  • Special K,

    Your point is VERY valid. In fact, I try to keep that kind of thing in mind all the time. I think if I wasn’t already using the wipes before, but then started it would be worse… but I used them before, too. So, while there is still room for improvement, we’ve already come a long way in reducing our overall waste!

    It’s like with our cloth diapers. I could be washing them by hand, too, instead of using energy from my washing machine, and that would be much greener… but I’m not willing to do that at this point. But at least I’m cloth diapering, right? So better than before.

    I try to look at it as “every little thing counts” instead of “I’m not doing everything perfect, so why bother.”

    and LOL @ your “green” pun Mmmmm, yum. It’s like how I tried not to think of everything Braden must have touched the other day before I realized he had dried poo between his fingers from sticking his hand down the back of his diaper. And, you know, me not realizing until well, well after that diaper was long changed and the poo had dried onto his hands. MMMMMMMMmmmm!!!

    August 11, 2008
  • Allie,

    LMAO John will love me for this answer, but…

    He’s gone several times a week, but also home for stretches at a time, so he was here for well more than a week. HOWEVER…

    Here’s the part he will love me for:

    HE IS THE POOP MACHINE. When he IS home, he makes up for ALL the time he is gone. He craps in one day the number of times I crap in over half a week sometimes.

    If he divorces me now, Allie, you have to give me a place to live. And TP to wipe with. But don’t worry, obviously, I’ve learned to use very little. ;-)

    August 11, 2008
  • You cut your consumption in half? Very impressive…

    Bee Repartees last blog post..Inferiority Contest

    August 11, 2008
  • I wonder, do the trees use vibrators? And do those batteries make things better or worse for the environment…

    I am trying to work out what is better. VERY happy trees (and lots of used batteries) or neutral trees (and no batteries).

    Hmmm, the mind boggles.

    Veronicas last blog post..Dear Self

    August 11, 2008
  • river

    Uh-Oh, I just checked and we’re not doing so well consumption wise. Using less than I thought, but there’s plenty of room for improvement.

    August 11, 2008
  • I am a total TP-policewoman in our house. Also, I don’t let paperplates sneak in very often. Only on picnics.

    Jackis last blog post..Visiting Spøttrup

    August 11, 2008
  • Perfect timing – I just did my photo post for this week and it’s called “Green Life”. ;) We are in sync.

    My TP consumption is down about 1/2 too. I could probably cut it again, but I don’t want to add in the wipes because i can’t get biodegradable ones here. :(

    Athenas last blog post..Green Life

    August 11, 2008
  • I will behave myself, I will behave myself, I WILL behave myself ….

    I’m just sayin’.

    Lou Lohmans last blog post..My Last Illusion

    August 11, 2008
  • After reading the part about how much you were using I was thinking, “wow, I use way more than that!” but our whole family goes through maybe three rolls a month. Maybe the type of t.p. you use has something to do with it too? We use Scott.

    Memarie Lanes last blog post..Chump Change

    August 11, 2008
  • That is AWESOME! All of it. Even (and maybe especially) the tree masturbation reference.

    Go you!

    Kimberlys last blog post..Why we don’t go to restaurants

    August 11, 2008
  • I only hope that tree doesn’t get splinters. :O)

    I have SO laxed in my green attempts this summer, but my post is about trying to get back on track!

    August 11, 2008
  • I did not do this challenge! I did the light bulb one! I have posted more ideas for helping with the light bill.
    I posted a tree thank you for you over on my blog!

    Shannons last blog post..Turn off that light!!!

    August 11, 2008
  • It All Started With A Kiss

    Wow. Half. My attempts to use less paper were negated by my toddler’s tendency to flush half a roll at a time. Just for fun.

    It All Started With A Kisss last blog post..I love nuts. (Soap nuts, gutterbrain.)

    August 11, 2008
  • I enjoyed the tree masturbation joke! :)

    Our TP consumption actually isn’t all that bad so I wasn’t worried about it. I have been following water tips though!! Not sure how it’s worked out yet because our water bill is quarterly but I imagine we HAVE to be doing good!!
    We switched all of our toilets to low flow with brand new mechanisms….I think it cost us 40 bucks TOTAL! We still practice if it’s yellow….and I’ve totally taken your suggestion of trying a lower water level in the washing machine even if it’s a full load. WORKS GREAT!!
    We went on vacation and turned off most of our water and it appears that we’ve nipped our leaks in the bud! WOO HOO!!
    Hopefully the bill reflects! I’ve now taken to watching the GReen channel all the time and I’m so in love with idea of rain barrels that I want to marry Ed Begley jr!

    August 11, 2008
  • gpo

    Not really related to saving TP, but I just had to tell someone this. My better half told me to throw out the stroller. See have a 7.6 year old and a 3.5 year old. We are having no more children. I got fixed. The coolest thing is all the milestones we reach with the youngest. Even little things like tossing the stroller is fun.

    August 11, 2008
  • Haven’t been anaylzying our grown up usage but we’ve switched the kids bathroom to Cottonelle for Kids because it’s marked with a puppy every 4-5 sheets or so.. they’ve learned to break it on the puppy which is a huge reduction in their world of great big wads of toilet paper. No scientific counting going on but I know I’m replacing the roll much less than before.

    You do have to get over the fact that if they don’t flush, and the puppy paper sits there the die runs and it sort of looks like bloody toilet paper.

    Melizzards last blog post.."Open Wide," said the Wizard.

    August 11, 2008
  • Wowie! Great job, girl!! You reduced your “consumption” by half. Woo!!

    Here’s my question: When you use only one square to dry off the area after the wet wipe, do you come away with the whole square or does some of it stay behind, so to speak? That’s my block – I can’t use just one square because I don’t get a good enough grip on it to make sure I don’t lose half of it in my nether regions.

    Enquiring minds want to know! :)

    August 11, 2008
  • I’m all for finding ways to go green, but we’re in the middle of potty training over here. That little experiment isn’t going to happen in our house any time soon!

    Also, reading this, I’m feeling a little guilty for using a ton of toilet paper to make mummies during BamBam’s Scooby Doo Mystery B-Day party this weekend…I think our over-indulgence may have just canceled out your savings. Although, I think we used a “green” brand of tp, if that makes it any better.

    I guarantee there are no trees masturbating to my picture.

    MommyCosms last blog post..Santa Cam Scam

    August 11, 2008
  • Ree

    I love, love, love this! Most of my childhood and the past 2 years of my adulthood, we’ve had septic sytems. Which means you use as little TP as possible. And now, of course, living with 3 men — I’m the only one who uses TP for both trips to the potty (they shake it baby..shake it).

    When you said you all used 10 rolls in a month, I nearly fell out of my chair. Good for the Carrolls for cutting down less trees (and good for the trees for seeing how HOT Lotus is!)

    Rees last blog post..Diamond – Past In Polaroids 1

    August 11, 2008
  • Eve

    I’m sorry, I just can’t get into TP to that degree. I guess I just can’t be that anal about my anus. However, your TP challenge WAS a timely reminder to me not to overuse the stuff. I generally go with 4 squares, 6 for a really big job. (Maybe I should get out the blow-dryer for extra help.) Anyway that’s more information than I have ever before shared about my use of TP.

    August 11, 2008
  • Awesome! I have reduced my showers to 5 minutes. SOme days it is harder than others but I have done it often. My post is also on homemade shampoo with baking soda.

    Great post Lotus!

    missy wigginss last blog post..My hair has turned Green!

    August 11, 2008
  • *lol* Like I told you yesterday…I still think of you when I wee!!

    So glad your experiment brought such great results!!! I never tracked mine exactly…I just know that we’ve been using less :D

    Sarahs last blog post..PSBN: The smell of fresh air…(with giveaway)

    August 11, 2008
  • I want to know how much the toilet paper usage goes up once Braden starts wiping his own cute little bottom. I swear one of my boys can use half a roll to wipe his tiny little ass and still leave skid marks on his underoos! How do you teach them to use just 4 squares???

    August 11, 2008
  • We need to be more observant of our TP use here @ our house!

    I don’t know if you’ve visited my weekly winners this week or not, but one of my pics was of something “green” I did this week!

    I made my own HOMEADE all purpose cleaner! I used it in our bathrooms & it works fantasticly :) I’m SO proud :) It’s VERY easy to make too~let me know if you’re interested in the recipe ;)

    Connies last blog post..Weekly Winners=8-3 thru 8-9 2008

    August 11, 2008
  • We had a family of 6 stay with us for 6 weeks. After the first week they ran out of loo paper so started using ours. They used 24 rolls in 2 weeks. We couldn’t believe it. Those 24 rolls were out stock to last for ages and ages.

    I cant use a lot of loo paper as we live in the country and dont have the sewerage system you city folk do. Ours goes into a big tank which gets filtered and processed into clean water which comes out of a sprinkler onto the paddock to water the grass.

    August 11, 2008
  • MaryAnn

    Trying to come up with a good joke involving you giving trees wood, but really, I have laughed so hard at this post that there is no oxygen getting to my brain right now.

    August 11, 2008
  • Way to cut back on consumption and waste! You rock!!

    Karen of the MomDot Street Team

    Karen of Sillymonkeezs last blog post..6 Quirky Things About Me

    August 11, 2008
  • melanie

    I thought about taking the challenge but gave up after a couple days. We use no less than 2-3 rolls a day.

    We are so not tree porn.

    August 11, 2008
  • ok, i know i originally blogged about the tp challenge, but then i promptly forgot to follow up…oops….i’m now working on using less….it is eye opening!

    August 11, 2008
  • Way to much information. Very gross. Yet very informative and delivered in true Lotus fashion. You’re awesome.

    Erins last blog post..Karate Kid

    August 12, 2008
  • The Dook

    The BEWBS

    (don’t mind me, making a mental list of hilarious phrases coined by Sarcastic Mom)

    Miss Britts last blog post..One Year: the real reason I didn’t blog this earlier

    August 12, 2008
  • I have not looked at all your old posts so this might have already been addressed. To save water, I saw one mention of “if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down.” In the early 70′s my grandmother would tell us to use only 3 sheets (mostly due to plumbing trouble she wanted to avoid) and on top of that she used a “wee rag” that she kept next to the potty. I am not sure excatly how often she washsed these but she never used TP for pee. Yeah it is kind of yuckie but if you want to go all out… She lived in rural areas for a very long time and I am sure that practice was a throw back to times when they didn’t have the luxury of TP.

    Katherines last blog post..WT birdbath or is it a water feature?

    August 12, 2008
  • Love, love, love the wetwipes! We have them in every bathroom in this house, I have them in my purse, and I have some at school. I’m proud to say we are skidmark-free in this house :)

    Half-Past Kissin’ Times last blog post..Saving Face

    August 12, 2008
  • I think I may have to start with stabilizing my tire pressure before I think about cutting my TP consumption. The idea of cutting down my duke usage makes me a little nervous. (I do love the wet wipes, though.)

    Missives From Suburbias last blog post..It’s My Time

    August 12, 2008
  • Jen

    I actually have NO idea how many rolls of tp we go thru in a month. Hmmmm…..

    And I hope you wet wipe people aren’t flushing them! ::spoken like a good septic-pumping-company-owner’s-wife::

    Jens last blog post..Wordless Wednesday 8.13.08

    August 13, 2008
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