You guys, I just can't use a pee rag.
Yes, I love the trees. No, I don't want to waste paper. Yes, I want to green up my life, bathroom habits included. But the conventional go-wipe-flush routine has served me well since toilet training, and I've gotta say, switching to an old strip of cloth in lieu of toilet paper isn't an easy transition. Today's hardcore greenies have dreamed up plenty of other TP alternatives, but you know, none of those look so great, either.
I know I've pledged to try out green lifestyle practices, but when an editor suggested the ol' pee rag, I hit a serious brick wall. Still, while researching the many other low-waste bathroom habits I could be adopting instead, it struck me that perhaps these TP tricks fall into a natural progression. One can't be expected to go from 0 to 60 immediately. Better to identify your comfortable cruising speed first, then gradually amp it up, step by step.
Two environmental offenses accompany the call of nature, of course: wasting paper (all that wiping) and water (all that flushing). The methods below, arranged from least to most radical, aim to reduce waste on one or both fronts.