by Michael dEstries
Categories: Causes, Music.

snipshot_e4tkkr5rqoj.jpgGood luck with that. This is where practical ideas for saving the environment start to grow thin. While on tour with Laurie David for their Stop Global Warming campaign at various college campuses around the U.S., Sheryl Crow urged students to consider using “one square of toilet paper”. From the article,

“She says, ‘I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting.'”

Right. Look, toilet paper is a serious drain on resources throughout the U.S. and the world. Millions of trees each year are used for paper products. I think the more persuasive argument would be to tell people to purchase toilet paper used with recycled paper. Encouraging a reduce/recycle tandem is a much better option than telling a crowd they should fee guilty about wiping their asses with more than one square. That, or this country need a hell of a lot more investment in toilets with bidets.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Ken Ott

    Is it worse to have a Japanese Toto electronic toilet which shoots water up your arse? That takes cleaning and pumping clean water. What did our pre-historic relatives do? Leaves?


  • Terrance

    Well, it’s one idea, that’s for sure. Over at Change It we’re encouraging everyone to think about what they can change to effect global warming and protect our environment. Sheryl should stop by, share her idea and maybe check out a few more.

  • Emily

    Or how about using cloth toilet paper? Shouldn’t re-use come before recycle? My family has used cloth toilet paper for years now. In fact, we have no single use paper products in our house. And it’s bidet, not a baday.

  • Preston

    I’m going to agree with Michael and take it a step further. To be funny, but serious, one square will not work with the runs. It won’t.

    The type of green admonitions talked about in this post are irresponsible. The guys on my local sports radio were making fun of environmentalism, etc., because of stuff like using one square of toilet paper. It’s not practical and it colors the common perception of being green. It’s one thing to say, “hey, toilet paper is made from virgin trees and that’s a bad thing…let’s find a solution because we all need to continue to be sanitary…” Open the discourse. Discourse will happen with the One Square Theory in green circles, but for people that aren’t green, they’re just going to get pushed further away from constructive lifestyle changes.

    It’s clear that “green” might be out of control right now. Watch it as it boomerangs around politics, society, magazines, newspapers, Hollywood, etc. I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’ll hear something like this.

  • Steph

    I have to agree with Preston & Michael on this one. I really like Sheryl, and it’s important that we all make small changes in our everyday lives, but this sort of advice isn’t helpful — it’s creepy.

  • Dave

    apparently she was joking —

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