According to Toilet Paper Encyclopedia, the average person uses 8.6 sheets per trip – a total of 57 sheets per day. That’s an annual total of 20,805 sheets. Over a lifetime of 76 years, that’s 1,581,180 sheets of toilet paper the average person goes through!
As you can expect, this isn’t good for the environment. Nor, is it good for your wallet.
Based on the average cost of a roll of toilet paper of $1.25 a roll, over your lifetime you spend over $7,906 just on toilet paper. (Assuming average roll is 250 sheets) And that’s not even including inflation.
If you instead invested the $8.67 a month you spend on toilet paper in a Roth IRA for 76 years, you would accumulate $1,599,409 in your lifetime with a 10% return.
An Unconventional Alternative to Toilet Paper
Knowing this problem, I began looking for alternatives. For the last few months, I’ve been busy testing out alternatives to traditional toilet paper. Without a doubt, the best solution has been the squat toilet.
A squat toilet, which is pictured to the right, is different from the traditional American Toilet in that it isn’t raised. Instead one hovers over a squat toilet, as our ancestors did.
This natural squatting position has many advantages, including:
- Reduces the need for toilet paper
- The toilet is easier to clean and maintain
- It’s more sanitary as, no touching is required
Overall, using a squat toilet makes going to the bathroom easier, cleanlier, and cheaper.
Even better, if a squat toilet cuts your toilet paper use in half, that’s $790,590 more you can accumulate by investing in a Roth IRA for 76 years.
How to Buy a Squat Toilet
Luckily, there is an easy way you can experiment with squat toilet. I recommend starting with a pedestal squat toilet. A pedestal toilet sits above your traditional toilet and lets you test out the squatting method. These can be had for under $100.
If you enjoy using your pedestal and recognize the hundreds of thousands of dollars it can save you in your lifetime, your best off getting a professionally installed squat toilet like the once pictured to the right.
I hope by now you realize this is an April Fool’s joke. I have never used or seen a squat toilet. I just find the concept funny.
What is pretty interesting is that $8.67 invested monthly for 76 years at 10% really is $1,599,409.