The Shocking Truth About Toilet Paper: Hidden Health Hazards

Toilet paper is one of the most commonly used products and it is hard to imagine life without it. We all use it, often without thinking twice about what it could be doing to our bodies and the environment. Most people go for the cheapest option or the one that is softest or the most fragrant. However, have you ever thought about the long-term impact of toilet paper usage?

Toilet paper making process involves the use of chemicals, which could pose long-term hazards to human health. Some of the chemicals used for producing toilet papers are Bispheno l- A and Formaldehyde. A study by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-NIEHS shows that Bisphenol A is associated with causing hormonal imbalances that can lead to breast cancer and other health issues.

Formaldehyde is a preservative used to inhibit bacterial growth, however, it is also used in producing toilet paper. A study by The Environmental Working Group found formaldehyde in a majority of tissues tested, including toilet paper. Exposure to formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin and eyes, respiratory issues, headaches, and even cancer.

Toilet paper’s impact on the environment is also a concern. Toilet paper consumption contributes to deforestation, which causes climate change and affects animal habitats. Besides contributing to deforestation, the production process of toilet paper is also known for releasing toxic gas that pollute the environment.

But there are alternatives to conventional toilet paper. These include bamboo toilet paper, recycled paper, and reusable cloths. Bamboo toilet paper is a sustainable and safer option, compared to normal toilet paper. Reusable cloths are another great option that can help reduce toilet paper waste, are cost effective and chemical-free.

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To minimize the risk of exposure to these harmful chemicals and environmental damage, we should adopt the following tips:

1. Use alternative toilet paper options like bamboo and recyclable tissues whenever possible.

2. Opt for reusable cloths to wipe after using the toilet.

3. Contact manufacturers to express concerns over the environmental impact of their products and seek healthier alternatives.

4. Use toilet paper conservatively

5. Spread the word on healthy toilet paper options.

In conclusion, most people don’t realize the potential risks of using conventional toilet paper. It’s time to start paying attention to what we put on our bodies, what we use, and its impact on the environment. Let us strive to adopt safe and healthy alternatives that are sustainable and not harmful.

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