Stop! There’s no need for a bathroom remodel! Just install a bidet toilet attachment!

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When Americans think about bidets, what do you think their main concerns are? Environmental? Hygiene? Tradition? Many theories are out there, ranging from an anti-French sentiment (the folks that invented the bidet) to the idea that the US is just too darn modest. Whatever the reason be, there are many facts floating around out there that support the argument that bidets are just a plain better option than the consumption of household toiletries.

One main concern of those in the “toilet only” camp, is that in order to install a bidet, you’d have to redo all the pluming in your already “too small” bathroom. That is certainly a valid concern. Who wants to rip out the floors and walls just to get a little bit cleaner than you’re used to? The cost would probably outweigh the benefits. Luckily, companies like Biffy are ahead of the curve by manufacturing an attachable bidet that fits right on your toilet.

With a bidet toilet attachment, gone are the worries of an arduous, expensive bathroom remodel. Alongside the immense water savings, the cost of a bidet attachment usually pays for itself in less than a year. Given the amount of money you’ll be saving on toilet paper costs, decreased water usage and the fact that you don’t have to hire a construction company to come out and rearrange your bathroom, there really is no reason not to add a bidet toilet attachment to your bathroom’s repertoire.

If the money savings potential isn’t enough for you, how about we take a look at the environmental impact of having a bidet.

Justin Thomas, editor of the website metaefficient.com, considers bidets to be “a key green technology” because they eliminate the use of toilet paper. According to his analysis, Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper every year, representing the pulping of some 15 million trees. Says Thomas: “This also involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching.” He adds that manufacturing requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually and that significant amounts of energy and materials are used in packaging and in transportation to retail outlets.”

Source (Bidets Are Better – Greenhome.com – May 14, 2014)