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I learned about the future of toilet paper from the movie “Demolition Man”.

Toilet paper is inherently wasteful. What can we do about it though? What options do we have that don’t go down the “washing cloths” path. I’m not willing to go there. Sorry.

What if your toilet helped you reduce your toilet paper use? Toto’s (and other brands) washlets can be fitted to the toilet to do just that. Here’s what their website had to say…

Introducing the newest addition to the Washlet family

The Washlet® B100, TOTO’s newest addition to the Washlet family, is designed to fit on our most popular elongated toilet models. With the touch of a button, a nozzle extends from under the seat for soothing warm-water cleansing, virtually eliminating the need for toilet paper. The nozzle, which selfcleans before and after every use, can be set to move back-and-forth for maximum comfort and optimum cleansing. The specially designed contoured seat is also heated to provide maximum comfort.

Experience the soothing benefits the B100 has to offer:

  • Gentle aerated warm water rinse
  • Adjustable Water Temperature and Volume
  • Oscillating comfort Wash
  • Heated Seat with temperature control
  • Self-cleaning dual-action spray
  • Cleaner look featuring hidden cord design
  • SoftClose® seat

How does the Washlet work?

The Washlet is designed to introduce you to a level unprecedented comfort, while delivering on the promise of maximum cleanliness. At your command, an integrated, self-cleaning nozzle extends to release a warm, soothing stream of aerated water to provide the ultimate in personal cleansing.

If I had loads of money I would buy this for our en suite. Realistically though when we do buy new toilets we will buy dual flush ones. At least that will reduce our water waste.

When my dad was a kid they had an outhouse and used the Sears catalogue as tp. This webpage goes into the history of tp way more than I ever will http://nobodys-perfect.com/vtpm/exhibithall/informational/tphistory.html .Why haven’t they developed that three seashell technology from the movie Demolition Man?

By 2032, toilet paper has fallen out of use; a set of three seashells is provided in every toilet stall. Though their method of use is left unexplained in the movie, Stallone later suggested a possible method in an interview as told to him by one of the film’s writers involving extraction with two and scraping with one.[11] – Wikipedia page for the movie Demolition Ma

We use tp. Mind you it’s made from recycled paper more than not. It took us a while to get in the habit of choosing that option. Some brands are not comfortable but we found a few we like. Often it is on sale too.I just wish it came in all cardboard or paper packaging instead of plastic. Maybe I will e-mail them…


“There are two laws that we had better take to be absolute. The first is that as we cannot exempt ourselves from living in this world, then if we wish to live, we cannot exempt ourselves from using the world. If we cannot exempt ourselves from use, then we must deal with the issues raised by use. And so the second law is that if we want to continue living, we cannot exempt use from care.”

Wendell Berry


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “I learned about the future of toilet paper from the movie “Demolition Man”.

  1. Hi Stephanie:
    So if you use the washlet do you have to drip dry? Just wondering (seriously).


    Posted by Susan | March 13, 2012, 10:59 am
    • Hi Susan – That would be bad, wouldn’t it! I’m pretty sure some models blow warm air to dry but not all of them. One review I read said to make sure the washlet you buy has this feature. Maybe you’d still use a little tp but not nearly as much as without the washlet. It would be nice not to have to buy as much tp as we do!

      Posted by stephanieough | March 13, 2012, 11:45 am

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