Flushing Forests

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déforestation ; arbres ; papier toilette

Une cliente américaine dans un magasin Costco. AVRIL 2008. ETATS-UNIS © Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Over the ages human beings have employed various methods of personal cleansing following urination and defecation, including leaves, rags, seaweed, straw, grass, snow, sand, corncobs, coconut shells, newspapers, and catalog pages. Those with means enjoyed relative comfort and luxury: French royalty used lace, while hemp served upper class needs in many cultures and rosewater-infused wool was prized in ancient Rome. Defecating in running bodies of water was considered an efficient method of washing, and disposing of waste, and still is in some developing areas.

World Watch Institute

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