Sometimes moving forwards means looking ass backwards.
没错 今天我们要讲的是 屁股
That’s right today we’re going to betalking about your butt.
Or more specifically,
how your butt is impacting the world.
This thing that you use every day,
this icon of cleanliness and fresh bottomed-ness
is actually more of a step backwards in terms of humanity’s progress
than you might think.
A Brief Bidet History
Toilet paper is said to have beeninvented in America 1857.
Over a hundred years before that, the bidet was invented in France.
It was primitive,
and was originally adopted as an updated form of the chamber pot.
半个世纪后 坐浴盆改进 增加了手动曲柄
Fifty years later, the bidet was improved to include a hand crank.
With each crank, The bidet would spray water at your backside.
By the nineteen hundreds,
bidets were considered a standard in many European and Asian countries.
Unfortunately,it didn’t become a global standard
because of just how uncomfortable people get
when it comes to talking about poop.
A big reason it didn’t spread toAmerica specifically
is because when our ancestors first came in contact with bidets,
they thought the devices were either a method of birth control
or a device used for sex work in some way.
And because of this, we misstepped by adopting toilet paper.
This hot commodity right here is far more costly than you realize.
Which is a bummer.
You probably know that
you have to sacrifice a few trees for its production,
but what you may not know is that
every roll of toilet paper
requires thirty seven gallons of water to produce.
Americans use approximately 100 million rolls of toilet paper every day.
That’s enough T.P. to wrap around the Earth more than 385,000 times.
That’s enough to destroy a proximately 41000 trees
and use upwards of 1.2 billion gallons of water.
Deforestation has roughly doubled in countries like Indonesia
because of the steady increase in pulp
More trees means that we can have more of an impacton off setting climate change,
More trees means that
we can have more of an impacton off setting climate change,
as forests are huge sinks for CO2.
Using bidets instead of toilet paper entirely
can substantially cut down on
how many resources we’re using to keep our backsides
Let me give you a hypothetical.
If you touched poop with your hand,
would you feel clean if you just wipe it off with some toilet paper?
According to a survey by the BradleyCorporation,
only 66 percent of Americans
actually wash their hands afterusing the bathroom.
That means that every hand you shake,
every doorknob you touch,
every subway pole you grasp
has a 44 percent chance of having a little bit of poop on it.
I’m sorry. I know I just ruined so many things for you.
But people who don’t wash their hands
are at a huge risk for spreading disease.
A third of the cases of diarrhea
and 60 percent of respiratory infections can be prevented
through good handwashing.
So,from a public health standpoint
the world would be a less germ-filled place if everyone was using bidets.
From a basic plumbing perspective,
bidets win hands down.
Flushing down wads of T.P.,
or even worse
wet wipes can cause blockages in pipes
and sewer systems that are extremely costly to repair.
For example in 2015
there was a 10 ton blockage in London
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due to build up of wipes, grease,toilet paper
and other sewage being built up underground.
And this isn’t exactly a rareoccurrence.
London spends 15 million dollars a year on clearing the sewers.
Okay so, what’s the big picture.
What could mass adoption of bidets truly mean for our future.
Today,people are more environmentally woke.
We care about the planet more than we have in the past,
like we very well should.
We’re switching to greentechnologies
for our energy and for our cars.
So why shouldn’t we do it for ourbutts?
Just like our efforts to rely solelyon reusable energy.
We should be pushing for global useof bidets.
It saves on resources
and reduces our impact on the environment.
If we really want to do our duty to build a better future
we should be washing instead of wiping.