The French invented them. The Italians love them. The Spaniards, Portuguese and Greeks can’t live without them. There are more of them in Venezuela than they are beauty queens, while the Japanese are just pleased to combine their dual obsessions of hygiene and hi-tech. Yet here in the U.S. (like bikini bottoms for men and topless sunbathing for women), the bidet is viewed with a fervent puritanical suspicion.
Hopefully, the environmentally conscious among us will lead the movement (no pun intended) towards embracing the brilliant green technology that is the bidet. Here’s a few sobering facts about toilet paper, courtesy of Treehugger: “We use 36.5 billions rolls of toilet paper in the U.S. each year, this represents at least 15 million trees pulped. This also involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching purposes. The manufacturing process requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually.” Not to mention packaging and transportation. Ouch.