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Man ditches toilet roll and uses leaves instead to save money and protect the planet

May 15, 2023

After making a swap from conventional toilet roll to a plant, Robin Greenfield is trying to encourage other people to grow their own toilet paper alternative to help the environment.

No matter how environmentally friendly you are, there are some home comforts that many of us simply couldn’t give up, including trusty toilet roll.

But one green-fingered man says he’s saved himself thousands of pounds by not buying loo roll for a whole decade – opting for plant leaf instead.

Sustainability advocate Robin Greenfield, 36, quit using shop-bought tissue in 2013, deciding to use leftover napkins and tissues to try and be more eco-conscious. But then he realised that the leaf of a blue spur flower was the perfect size and texture for wiping with, and he’s used that ever since.

Robin from Asheville, North Carolina, estimates he has saved a significant sum after making the switch, and is encouraging others to abandon conventional toilet rolls to help save the planet.

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.”

Robin discovered the blue spur flower – which is native to Africa and South Asia – five years ago. He says each leaf is the size of a piece of toilet paper, and its soft texture makes it a viable alternative.

And you can simply plant it at home in order to have a supply of toilet paper to last a lifetime.

“Fossil fuels and big factories are causing a lot of destruction, and growing your own loo paper is fun and eco-friendly”, he continued.

“The average American spends $11,198 (£8,966.57) 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, and he’s started a movement encouraging people to grow their own toilet paper. (Daily Mirror)

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