Dragons instructor and journalist, Kristen Gianaris, wrote an article for Morocco World News comparing western perspectives on toilet paper and the benefits of switching to a more sustainable solution such as water—the way many communities around the world have done for centuries.
- Statistics such as the fact that somewhere between 70 and 75% of people worldwide use some alternative to toilet paper and that the World Wildlife Foundation estimates that people flush 27,000 trees a day down the toilet.
- The historical, cultural, and environmental elements present in the discussion around “bathroom business”.
- The way that Dragons immersive curriculum encourages students to challenge their perspectives.
Preferring the road less traveled by tourists, WTBD designs educational courses in a way that encourages students to do as locals do. In many of the countries where the organization operates, water is the primary method to take care of bathroom business.
Dragons instructors were quoted on the topic:
“TP is perhaps one of the best examples of ‘leaving home behind.’ So much of the world lives without toilet paper, how did/do humans do without it? Exploring this brings us closer to understanding who we are as humans. In addition, breaking open our judgments of what constitutes ‘clean’ or ‘dirty’ can help break down stereotypes.”
—Tim Hare, Director of Risk Management.
“I am doing the #notpchallenge [no toilet paper challenge] with Where There Be Dragons…once you start, there’s no turning back.”
—Greg Pettys, Instructor.
“Our students are uniquely situated to help build practices on this continent … that are more resource-use-aware…we have to instruct on the use of water to cleanse oneself. And the students, of course, in the first week, students find it hilarious and unsettling, and then by the end, many of them actually like it better than using toilet paper.”
— Charis Boke, Instructor.