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WEIRD WEDNESDAY: Can Something Be TOO Green?

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Environment

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Published on March 04, 2009 with 2 Comments

Do you know any environmentally responsible facility managers deploying reusable toilet wipes in their restrooms? This is not a misprint! There is a company called Wallypop (Des Moines, IA) offering cloth toilet wipes as an environmentally sensitive alternative to conventional toilet paper.

Features and benefits include:

  • More comfortable and soft “on the most delicate body parts”.
  • More economical to launder than purchasing toilet paper.
  • “Basic” and “Premium” options with either flannel or velour layer.
  • Hemp option includes two layer of “hemp terry”.
  • Sherpa option includes two layers of soft cotton fleece.
  • Two layer construction for “soft strength”
  • Can be used wet without the “sopping disintegration” associated with toilet paper.
From the Wallypop site:

Using cloth toilet wipes actually has many advantages. For one, it’s a lot more comfortable and soft on your most delicate body parts. It’s also more economical and uses less paper. Best of all, cloth wipes can be used wet without any of the sopping disintegration that regular toilet paper is prone to.

Ummm…if you say so.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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  1. You have to wash them??? Who gets that job?
    Who has washers and dryers at their offices? This sounds like the old fashioned diapers – perhaps you can have a service come and pick them up?

  2. In fact, though I suppose something could be “too” green, I wouldn’t call cloth wipes “too green.” They’re really not all that green, once you consider the energy and water used in washing them. They are NOT promoted on my website as a “greener” alternative, in fact.

    And, truly, why would anybody use these in a commercial setting?? Within a family, where everyone shares the same germs anyway, fine. In an office? no, thanks!!

    On the other hand, many businesses are starting to offer cotton towels and a hamper as an alternative to paper towels, which I personally think is great. Cotton towels do a much better job of drying hands. A local retirement home has theirs washed with the linens by their service.

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