We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Many Asians, as I understand it, like to use their fingers. The French like bidets. Boy Scouts use Poison Ivy leaves, and Grandpa grew up using pages from the Sears Roebuck catalog. But the civilized world, despite Cheryl Crowe's suggestions, prefers nice, soft toilet paper made from friendly trees.
What did people use in the past? Vast Right Wing Conspiracy has the fascinating facts for you.
Now I admit, there were times 'over there' when the soft stuff was in short supply, and one learned to be artful in stretching out or maximizing the little that might be available. But Ms Crowe's idea would, nonetheless, have been greeted with the ridicule and derision it so richly deserves. One would think she would be somewhat embarrassed by her suggestion, after some reflection on her part, but I have heard of no mea culpa. Just shows how deep the 'green' mania has become, I suppose.
Now, OTOH, my ol' granny preferred pine needles, plentiful in her locale. They gave me chiggers, but not her, not sure why, that. She also abhorred outhouse's, considered a dug hole of that nature a blasphemy upon her 160 acres. She just took a walk to a different deep spot in the woods when needed, no matter the weather. Would come back and tell me stories of the animals she saw while on her constitutional. Next time she went that way all was naturally composted and gone. Course that's one person, with occasional (hardy) visitors, on a fair amount of land. Not practical otherwise, obviously. Apologies re the bandwidth.