People Would Give Up Books Before Toilet Paper
You might be surprised what items you can do without when cash-strapped or trying to reduce waste. There are a lot of things that we could all use less to help save the environment, but there are some things that Americans are just not willing to do without even if it is to help save the planet.
In fact, a study by a group called Nitro finds that about 94% of Americans say no to reducing their use of toilet paper for the environment's sake. With just 6% of us willing to cut back, it says a lot about what modern Americans consider to be the most crucial personal items.
While saving a few sheets of toilet paper may not seem like it would do much to help the environment, there are nearly 27,000 trees a year that give their lives to become toilet paper according to National Geographic. And the fact remains that there are certain paper products that people are willing to give up in much greater numbers to help the environment.
The study also found that more than 30% of those surveyed would try reducing their use of books to help the going-green effort. Nearly half of people indicated that they would be willing to reduce their use of newspapers. But toilet paper — that's a different story!
It's unreasonable to expect that everyone should eliminate toilet tissue from their lives, but studies like this one do force us to notice that some seemingly harmless habits, like a few too many sheets of toilet paper, can really add up in the end.