I want to take a second to talk about Conservation. My personal philosophy is that conservation isn't limited to just Natural Resources, or Pretty Things We All Want To See (PTWAWTS). PTWAWTS are fantastic, but they aren't everything. I think everything that people use should be used as sparingly as possible. Try to use the bare minimum.. And think of ways to use less than that.
Here's a prime example that a lot of people don't even give a second thought to.. Toilet Paper. Toilet Paper is one of those things that is ubiquitous and cheap, so why conserve it? I think it's necessary to conserve TP first of all because it comes from trees, and I happen to think more trees are better. The second reason is because it is a resource that is only available in such numbers in a modernized society.. In times of emergency, it is these "Quality of Life" things that tend to drop off first in favor of the "Necessities of Life". Using less TP all the time may just mean that the TP you have will last you through such a crisis. And, to be blunt, most people use TP quite wastefully.
I buy Charmin, plain, two-ply toilet paper. It's not the cheapest, maybe lower middle tier, but at least I can't see the wood grains on the TP. When I'm the only one using my bathroom, a single roll usually last me for about a month, more or less. I think I use on average about six sheets per trip to the bathroom. Now, I'm not a girl, so I use TP about half as much, but still..
Think of it this way: Yesterday, I put a full roll, unused, in the bathroom for company that was coming over. Basically, a family of four. They all used my bathroom, and I didn't. When they left this morning, the roll was already empty (bare tube), and one of the spares I put out was started on.
Let me re-iterate: This was in the span of 12 hours. One roll of TP. Are you serious? I would have thought three days with a family of four with two girls, but half a day?
Scott has told me he generally uses about fifty or sixty sheets a trip to the bathroom. How is that even possible? People, please. CONSERVE TP! CONSERVE EVERYTHING!
At any rate.. Time to head to my one class for the week. Biogeography. I don't necessarily HAVE to go, but I'd feel like a loser if I missed the only class that meets this week. :)
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