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An average house with 4 people flush the toilet around 7,300 times per year (about 30% of the total water used in a household) and, according to the Guardian, the average Briton uses 50 toilet rolls each year. EcoFrenzy shows you how to help the environment by minimising the amount of water and toilet tissue you use every day.

The dual flush toilet is an important advancement for flush toilets offering 2 types of flushes.

A solid waste flush uses 6 litres

A liquid waste flush uses 3 litres

Instead of 5 x 6 litre flushes each per day, if each member of 4 person household flushes 1 x 6 litre and 4 x 3 litres per day, that would save around £35 per year.

There may be over 7 million old style toilets in UK, which could be using up to 13 litres of water for each flush. Put a 3 litre container full of water in the cistern and it will reduce water usage immediately, saving a family of 4 around £44 per year.

Many people do not flush the toilet every time they have a wee, saving a lot of water and money! If you flush 1 x 6 litre and 2 x 3 litre per day instead of 5 x 6 litre, the savings for a family of 4 could be as high as £53 per year.

When purchasing a new toilet, or buying toilet paper, search for these money and water saving features.

DUAL FLUSH TOILET

Buy a dual flush toilet if you need to replace an old unit.

GRAVITY FLUSH TOILET

If possible use a gravity flush toilet.

COMPOSTING TOILET

The best option if you are in a position to do so, is buy a composting toilet

GUIDE TO FOREST FRIENDLY PAPER

GreenPeace provide a guide to forest-friendly toilet paper.

READ THE LABEL ON TOILET TISSUE

Make sure the claims make sense to you. What is your toilet tissue made from, waste paper or pulp? What percentage of the total is recycled material and is it from a sustainable source? Does it make any claims for safe bleaching processes, such as ‘chlorine free’? If the label isn’t clear, don’t buy the product.

CHECK SOURCE OF TOILET TISSUE

Check the source of all the base materials (recycled and virgin pulp) in your toilet tissue. Manufacturers can source raw materials from post-consumer sources (office paper, newspaper, magazines), from pre-consumer sources (off-cuts from printers, waste packaging discarded after shipping) or from wood pulp (essentially the waste materials from lumbering businesses).