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Friday, November 21 2014

You never realise how much toilet paper you go through until after your total colectomy when you realise you aren't having to spend as much money on toilet paper and its less frequent you need to buy it.

I remember my husband always asking me "Does your bum seem to eat all the toilet paper? We're bloody out of it again".

But who hasn't found themselves stuck on the toilet in the middle of the night and you realise you just used the last roll of toilet paper and that the shops don't open for another few hours so have to resort to using tissues or baby wipes instead.

BUTT... hehe I just said 'butt'... I just realised I haven't had to buy toilet paper for the last 5 months... would you believe me?

Well you better, and I will tell you how.

Ohhhhh, I just realised you are probably thinking 'what the' and think I haven't had toilet paper for 5 months.

Well I'm not that strange, I just found a more practical solution!

Image sourced from their facebook page

Introducing 'Who Gives A Crap' toilet paper!

You purchase your toilet rolls that come in a box and each is individually wrapped in this really pretty eco friendly wrap.

I purchase the 48 rolls for $52 deal, and each roll is double the ply and length of the store bought rolls.

But there is something special you need to know about who gives a crap... The actually give a crap when it comes to the environment and improving sanitation in poverty stricken parts of the world.

Who Gives A Crap donates 50% of their profits to WaterAid who build toilets and improve sanitation in third world countries. So basically EVERY ROLL of toilet paper is pretty much providing someone with access to a toilet for an entire week!!

2.5 BILLION people so 40% of the entire population of the world don't have access to the toilet! makes you realise the little things we are grateful for!

So Who Gives A Crap is Literally flushing out the poverty!

AND don't get me started on the toilet paper!

It is so damn soft and pretty durable AND is 100% biodegradable!

So our household is just my husband and I and we not spend around $12 a month on toilet paper if you break down the costs (including shipping as we aren't in a metro area) over 5 months! Better for our bottoms AND OUR BUDGET!

So we give a crap, don't you?

They have special Christmas editions at the moment that look like those ugly sweaters people wear at Christmas time!

Image sourced from their facebook page

So lets help the environment and improve santiation one toilet at a time!

Ostomistically Yours,

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Monday, November 17 2014

I must admit that I hadn't always been much into eco side of life until the last couple of years.

Don't get me wrong I have always re-used, recycled and repurposed many things but wasn't until I was looking at returning to studies and looking for a lunchbox and lunch bag did I really start trying to practice more eco friendliness.

As you might be aware I have FAP (Familial Adenamatous Polyposis) which is an inherited cancer causing condition.

So as you could understand I am all about trying to reduce my susceptibility to cancer, so I made the decision to use bottles, containers and lunchbags that were FREE from BPA. I mean after all if something like a bottle or container is touching my food, I want it to be as safe as possible.

Now I know that the whole BPA issue is a controversy to many, please know this isn't the place to have the debate.

So imagine my delight when I learnt that there was a small business Little Shoppers on the Central Coast of Australia that not only was dedicated to providing eco friendly solutions for you and your family, but have come up with bamboo baby wipes that are affordable!

If you have been following my posts for a while now you may recall me mentioning a little stoma/bag changing tip I had was that I prefer to use baby wipes on my stoma and cleaning of the skin/area during a bag change.

Well, I had the priviledge of testing out a tester/sample pack of the bamboo wet wipes myself recently and these exceeded all my expectations.

I thought I would wait until my next bag change to test these out, and boy they worked wonders!

They were not only soft on my skin, but they were quite durable and thick too! I can tell you they did a fantastic job at cleaning and I didn't have to scrub hard at my skin to alleviate some of the waste, it was really surprisingly gentle.

I will warn you though that if you like using baby wipes for the perfume and scent, that these won't smell like lemon fresh or shea butter... these smell like, well BAMBOO!

Did I mention that these are pretty affordable too? They have a special offer of $2.50 a pack of 80 bamboo wipes when you purchase a box of 18 packets! What a bargain!

Normally when you hear bamboo you straight away think of the hefty price tag that comes with it but these bamboo wipes are not only good for your baby (or in my case my stoma) but good for your wallet too!

If you want to check out their range of bamboo wipes, click here to visit their online store!

When it comes to doing bag changes I can't help but feel guilty about disposing of my used stoma bag in the garbage bin (tied securely in a plastic bag). I just know there isn't more environmentally friendly options to dispose of our used bags, kind of like disposable nappies, but using these bio-degradable and bamboo wipes makes me feel like at least I am turning a shitty situation into at least a positive in helping the environment.

Ostomistically Yours,
Talya x


Disclaimer: All views expressed in this blog are that of my own. This post/review wasn't a paid sponsored post but a post shared on a recent experience when using the product. The product was kindly supplied towards goody bags for a recent charity fundraiser, one of which I received and had the sample packet of wipes in it. On occasion I do receive products or services in exchange for a blog post/review. I will only ever post reviews of products that I love and use and know it would be of value to my readers. I won't post negative reviews.


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