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article imageAn Op/Ed On Going Green, and Why Lo-Flo May Not Necessarily Work For You

By Carolyn E. Price     Mar 25, 2007 in Environment
With all the options out there for us to become more environmentally sensitive, I'd like to add my thoughts on going "lo-flo".
About six years ago, we had to replace our toilet and my husband pulled his usual con job by appealing to the 'greenie' in me. You see, he was trying to sell me on the merits of installing one of those new 'lo-flo' 1.6 gallons per flush toilet. Of course, it worked as I've never understood why you had to use 7 or even 3.5 gallons of water to flush around 250-500 ml of pee. I was interested in "saving the environment", he was interested in "saving money".
My son is now 21-years-old, he's around 6’1, and weighs over 200 pounds. And when he goes, well, we're not talking Chihuahua poop here. We're looking at the size of something more along the lines of a Great Dane. I guess we weren't thinking all those years ago about the Sunday morning "bowlful" consequences of the night before that was filled with booze, broads, beer and burritos!
I mean really, can anyone tell me what is the point of an 'eco-friendly' toilet if you have to flush it two, sometimes three times just to empty it all out?
I'm about to let you in on one of our family's deepest, dark, and well-hidden secrets ... you see, we've adhered to the "if it's yellow, let it mellow' philosophy for quite some time. In fact, we've done it for so long now I'll give you an example of how it's affected everyday life.
Tell me, what's the first thing you do when someone rings your doorbell? Get up and go answer it, right? Well, in our house, when there's a knock at the door or someone rings the bell, there's this mad dash to the bathroom to flush the toilet and then the mad dash back to the door to answer it! Enquiring minds wanted to know why I'm always out of breath when I answer the door ... well now you know.
Yes America, we're a family of non-flushers. I do, however, clean out the toilet at least twice a week. Now before you go getting all environmental on me, I'd like to say that we clean our toilets, sinks, bathtub and shower stall with baking soda. Sometimes I even use vinegar first to loosen up any stubborn stains.
Going 'lo-flo' is a great help to your municipal water system and their waste management facilities. And, as my husband will attest, it can save you money. However, if you’re family is of, how shall we put this delicately, a larger proportion, you might want to rethink installing that new lo-flo toilet.
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