Can You Spare a Square?

Sheryl Crow recently toured the US in a bio-fuel bus, spreading the green word. "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," the star said, "Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating."

So far so good, but what exactly did the singer-turned-environmental-researcher have in mind? "I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting." Hardly an exciting idea on it's own, but Sheryl took it to new extremes with the suggestion that we use, "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required".

She now claims it was a joke of course, but should we believe her? She also suggested that paper napkins should be banned, and replaced with her own line of 'dining sleeves'. These, she explained, are cloth napkins that attach to the sleeve, and are removable for cleaning. Surely that's far too weird to be a real suggestion? It must be some kind of non-funny, non-satirical, bizarre joke, right? But wouldn't you expect more, considering that Larry David also appeared. Would he not have advised her against such an ill-advised prank?

This whole story is bringing up more questions than it is answering, and has us at TreeHugger stumped. If her suggestions are real then all she's doing is alienating people from the green lifestyle, and creating the idea that to be environmentally friendly you can't wipe your ass properly. On the other hand, if the suggestion was a joke, then we didn't really get it.

In all seriousness, the toilet paper industry is a very harmful one. It's criminal that tonnes of paper are bleached every day, simply to provide white toilet paper. Many products are also dyed, embossed or printed as well. If Sheryl's suggestion doesn't take your fancy, you could simply switch to an organic, dye and bleach free product. That alone is a very good move in the right direction. :: BBC



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