A man who swapped loo roll for a special type of plant leaf says its saved him a fortune, is kinder on the planet and – crucially – works brilliantly.
Robin Greenfield, 36, uses the leaf of a blue spur flower which he says is the perfect size and has the right texture to use instead of toilet paper.
He stopped using shop-bought wipes and loo roll in 2013, and initially replaced it with leftover napkins and tissues.
But five years ago he realised that the leaves of the flower were a much greener substitute. He made the switch and hasn’t looked back.
The environmentalist from Asheville, North Carolina, reckons he’s saved thousands of dollars.
And he’s now hoping others will take a leaf out of his book and try it themselves.
He said: ‘Consumption of toilet paper fuels deforestation and massive usage of fossil fuels in transportation.
‘So the message to grow our own at home and find alternatives to consumerism has never been more relevant.’
The leaves of the blue spur flower – a plant native to Africa and South Asia – are the size of a piece of toilet paper and their soft texture makes them a great alternative.
Robin said the flower can simply be planted at home in order to have a never ending supply of loo roll.
He added: ‘All in all the idea is pretty simple.
‘Currently, we’re totally dependent on corporations who are making millions by destroying the planet.
‘Fossil fuels and big factories are causing a lot of destruction, and growing your own own loo paper is fun and eco-friendly.
‘The average American spends $11,198 on toilet paper over the course of their life, so there is a huge financial benefit too.
‘The leaves are super soft, can withstand pressure and won’t break through – plus they have a natural, minty scent.
‘The plant is easy to grow, and fundamentally won’t do any damage to the environment!’
Robin’s non-profit campaign firm is providing cuttings of the plant for those who want to try it.
He has just concluded an 11-day tour of Florida where he visited different cities promoting his campaign.
Members of the public were invited to take a ‘toilet paper plant’ home with them to start growing their own.
They also had the opportunity to sit on Robin’s display compost toilet and take a photo, or record a video, sharing the #GrowYourOwnTP movement.
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