Should some things just not be reusable? Personally speaking I don't have a problem with using recycled toilet paper. Sure it isn't soft toilet paper, but it also doesn't require deforestation or the use of dangerous chemicals to make it. What I'm not so sure about is going a step further, for the sake of the environment or my wallet, and using reusable Wallypop wipes.
What is Wallypop? Wallypop, a company with an adorable name, makes various eco-friendly products: reusable diapers, reusable tote bags, baby slings, sandwich wraps and reusable toilet wipes. Wallypop is right. To some people, there is definitely an ick factor to this idea, but Wallypop brings up a good point. These wipes would save a family a lot of money. If you are a parent of a big family you know how fast buying toilet paper can drain your bank account. What's not to like about saving money?
I have to admit I could see myself using these on my baby. I already use eco-friendly diapers. Half the diaper is flushed down the toilet and the other half is washed in the wash. It's a nice eco-friendly convenience. Unfortunately I still have to trash the chlorine free baby wipes so eventually they will end up in the landfill. Using these wipes would eliminate all my trash related to diapering. It would save me money too. Chlorine-free baby wipes can become very expensive, especially if you have a spouse like mine who likes to use 1/3 of a refill bag on one cleaning. I imagine too these reusable toilet wipes would be warmer for my baby's butt than regular wipes. Which means there would be more chance for my sleeping baby to stay asleep during nighttime diaper changes. This is always a wonderful benefit to an exhausted parent.
I could maybe even have my kids use these reusable toilet wipes when they have urine-only visits, but I would have to find a way to keep the wipes separated so that each kid has their individual reusable wipes. My mom always taught my siblings and I that its okay to share clothes not intimates. You can't get anymore intimate than a reusable toilet wipe. I also think these would have made potty training a lot easier and more affordable (softer on their butts and cheaper on our wallet since they wouldn't use as much toilet paper).
The trouble I have is feeling comfortable using these reusable toilet wipes on adults. Apparently, according to the Wallypop blog site, I'm not the only consumer that feels this way. Are adults any dirtier than kids? Probably not, but maybe it is a matter of just getting use to the idea, like with Lunapads. What did people use before toilet paper was invented? Perhaps learning how to use and reuse reusable toilet wipes properly would make the difference.
By the way according to the Wallypop blog site these reusable toilet wipes are not a new product. They have been selling these wipes for years, but there has been a peak in interest for them lately. My guess for the recent spike of interest is due to the economy. People are looking for ways to save money. This is definitely a good way to save money.
For those interested, even remotely, Wallypop has a lot of how-to-use reusable toilet wipes tips on the their site. Take a look. Take note that the reusable toilet wipes aren't expensive either. What do you think about this innovative reuse? Should some things just not be reusable?