The Bottom Line
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.)
 IHT - Americans' love of soft tissue is rough on forests