Travelers: Should You Flush That Toilet Paper?

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Dealing with Toilet Paper can be a conundrum.

Matthew Kitson spent a few months traveling around in South America and stumbled into the most perplexing bathroom quandary ever to face the traveling public: what to do with the toilet paper after you’ve done with it (or what to do if there’s no toilet paper to begin with!)

So he decided to make an aptly named website so you don’t ever have to ask “where do I put the paper”:

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Toilet Paper to Undergo Biggest Change in 100 Years – Going Tubeless

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Tubeless toilet paper rolls

The toilet paper roll is about to undergo its biggest change in 100 years: going tubeless.  On Monday, Kimberly-Clark, one of the world’s biggest makers of household paper products, will begin testing Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the Northeast. If sales take off, it may introduce the line nationally and globally — and even consider adapting the technology into its paper towel brands.

 

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Toilet Paper To Match Your Mood

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The Creative Colors Of Butt Cleanliness
A toilet paper firm says it’s on a roll after beating the recession with the world’s first mood-matching toilet tissue boutique.

Paper makers Renova say their psychologically trained counsellors can match colours, textures and even the thickness of various loo rolls to individual clients.

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Toilet Paper Tube Art

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Tiny art from a left over part.
Anastassia Elias is an artist who uses the rolls leftover from toilet paper as a showcase for miniature tableaus.   Above you can see children building a snowman, complete with wintry tree limbs hanging as a frame to Elias’ crafted scene.By making the inserted figures out of the same color paper as the tube, and illuminating the piece from behind, he gives a sort of life to them.  Other works depict a woman taking clothes down from a line, a classroom, a market scene, and Anastassia’s grandmother dozing in a chair…

Machine From Japan Turns Office Waste Into Toilet Paper

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The Other Way Around Would be More Impressive…
We’re not too sure what to think about this 1,300 lbs piece of machinery by Tokyo-based Nakabayashi. It takes paper waste from an office and turns it into toilet paper: “The toilet paper machine is able to produce two rolls per hour from around 1,800 sheets (or 7.2kg) of used A4-sized paper”. Seems like a whole lot of machine overkill. What’s the footprint of that machine and how much toilet paper should it produce before it compensate for that? More details after the jump…

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Your Butt is Wasting the Rainforest

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Cleanliness at a high cost.

Here’s something for you to ponder the next time you’re in the bathroom: American’s love for soft toilet paper is ecologically hard on forests!

… fluffiness comes at a price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material, it is the fiber taken from standing trees that help give it that plush feel, and most large manufacturers rely on them.

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