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Sheryl Crow and the toilet paper ban

Sheryl Crow

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NO, IT’S not the title of a new single but an idea put forward by singer Sheryl Crow to help the environment.

Comments suggesting we use “only one square (of toilet paper) per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two or three could be required”, appeared on the 45-year-old’s website.

Crow, who has just completed a US tour on a biodiesal-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change, also wrote:

“I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting.”

The tour, in which Crow teamed up with environmental activist Laurie David, visited 11 university campuses and included a short set by the singer, a talk by David and clips from Al Gore’s environmental film An Inconvenient Truth.

Also on Crow’s hit list are paper napkins which, to quote from her website, “represent the height of wastefulness”. The singer has, in fact, designed something she calls a “dining sleeve”, a detachable sleeve that can be replaced after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth. But isn’t that exactly what we tell children not to do! And whatever happened to good old-fashioned linen napkins?

All very commendable and far be it for me to ‘knock’ anybody for doing their bit to help the environment but I can’t help wondering how on earth the toilet paper restriction would be upheld!! However, if you have any suggestions…...