Indonesia Anonymus

We are a group of Indonesians, ranting about our beloved country. This blog is a result of many people grumbling about many things in many ways.
Feedback: indonesia.anonymus at gmail dot com


Anonymus is the Latin word for anonymous, the correct English spelling. The Latin spelling, however, is traditionally used by scholars in the humanities to refer to an ancient writer whose name is not known, or to a manuscript of their work. Read more at Wikipedia.

Our blog in Bahasa Indonesia (but rarely updated) can be found here.

Friday, March 06, 2009

The Bottom Line

What do you know: your bum may be bad for the environment: Altough toilet paper can be made from entirely recycled paper, it is "the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them" [1].

To fulfill demand in America -- whose citizens reportedly prefer their toilet paper soft and fluffy -- millions of trees have been harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada.
Millions of trees. For toilet paper.

Toilet paper once were not commonly used in Indonesia. Yes folks. We use water and soap. (For those not from Indonesia and cannot imagine how this is done, think of it as a 'discounted' shower. Got it?).

These days however, we use toilet paper more and more, and even expect it when we enter the toilet.

So as we try to be paperless at work by pushing more and more document into electronic format, we go the opposite way when it comes to cleaning our bottom.
What a pity, because that means we actually leave a good habit that is environmentally friendly and pick up western habit that is not.

But this blog is not in any position to tell you how to clean yourselves. Whatever your style is (with water, no toilet paper, with toilet paper, recycled but rough or soft but bad for environment, etc) it's entirely up to you.
It's your bottom.
But hey. It's your forest too.

(By the way, you can also read similar topic at Jakartass blog.)

[1] IHT - Americans' love of soft tissue is rough on forests