Around here, you're going to have to deal with "cheap", thin toilet paper. For one thing, I'd hate to be using more trees than necessary just so the world can have quilted T.P. For another, the thicker the T.P. the more likely it is to clog up the all important septic system.
In northern Minnesota, it seems we talk about septic systems an awful lot. That's because septic systems are expensive and bothersome. And contrary to popular belief, the toilet isn't a magic vortex ready to wrestle whatever gets flushed down it. (Oh the horror this poor heart of mine experienced when I heard tell of people flushing paper towels down their toilet!) Treat your septic system with care and it will treat you well in return.
Please don't judge me by my toilet paper. Judge me by my wonderful working septic system.
My dear friend Sarah was up for a visit this past week. She lives in the big city now and sometimes I forget that she's a northern girl like me, albeit, from the western part of the state. She's well-versed in septic system etiquette and coming from a family whose cabin has a holding tank, she knows the more waste water you dump down the drains, the harder your septic tank works and the faster it fills up.
The whole time she was up, she kept asking questions like: "Is it okay if I dump the dirty dish water down the drain?" or "Is it okay if I flush the toilet?"
One morning I heard the water running in the bathroom. After a couple minutes the water shut off and Sarah came out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her head.
"Did you just take a shower?" I asked.
"Yeah, up at our cabin, we can only take 5 minute showers."
"You know, you can take a shower that's longer than that if you want," I said. "We have a full blown septic system."
"Nah, it's fine."
Good friends know you can't flush just anything down the toilet.