The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
Since I started to write this blog I’m gradually getting closer to the environmental topics that are trickier to broach.
Here’s one of them.
Have you ever been in a house and used their bathroom and found yourself noticing a smell?
The smell that says only one thing.
Little boys who have a poor aim.
(obviously it may be taller male people too but let’s blame the small ones for now.
When I encounter this I’m always a bit confused.
Why would anyone want to wee on the floor and the walls etc in their own home?
I hear you cry what’s that got to do with the environment?
Well it’s like this.
Wee on the floor needs cleaning. Generally people agree on that.
Cleaning products, once they leave your bathroom, travel into the world.
They can evaporate into the atmosphere like a toxic cloud or disappear down the pipes to make their way into the ocean.
The cloths and brushes that are used to apply them are then rinsed into water which makes its way to Nemo’s backyard.
Now you’ll also remember that I’m both lazy and not a big cleaning fan.
Why oh why would we want there to be wee on the floor in the first place.
Warning graphic comment coming up.
It’s not a physical challenge for gentlemen to bend their knees and lower themselves into a position where they can avoid redecorating the bathroom with a delicate shade of yellow very easily.
This is a technique called sitting down.
It’s a bit shocking I know.
get a sign
These look quite handy.
Now I can understand that standing up in a hostile environment is an enviable skill, but in your own bathroom?
Or in the bathrooms of your friends and family?
Surely the desire to wee on the floor should be avoided.
After all bathrooms that smell of wee are nasty. The ladies of the house are also deserving of a little consideration.
1. The smell
2. The wet seat
3. The smell
4. The yellow marks on the carpet
5. The question of who cleans up….
I don’t want to make any gender biased insinuations here but I suspect there are many women cleaning wee from bathrooms that they didn’t put there.
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