The Israeli Toilet Paper Dilemma

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Noa Lara Meir, Citizen Cafè teacher
Noa Lara Meir, Citizen Cafè teacher

A very important question for you – what do you do with your used tissues after you blow your nose?

In my case, there is only one answer – I stuff it inside the toilet paper roll.

(Yes, I realize you may be wondering why Israelis wipe their noses with toilet paper, but let’s just say it’s convenient and that we don’t believe in buying an entirely different kind of product just to wipe our noses.)

I know that some people may find this habit a bit gross, but as a pretty hygienic individual and a big fan of stuffing tissues into rolls, I’d like to defend this seemingly Israeli habit and explain why it totally makes sense.

It prevents chaos

Tell me this – is there anything more annoying than a toilet paper mess?! I don’t think so. Small, moist bits easily fall to the floor and are later found scattered throughout the house after getting squished. This can be prevented easily by keeping them bundled inside the roll until you later throw it away. It’s that simple. (And no, any normal person would not get up to throw away the tissues every single time they blow their nose).

The toilet paper roll has a hole – why?

Back me up fellow tissue-stuffers: the toilet paper roll is manufactured in a way that perfectly suits our purpose. Although one might try to justify the roll’s design by pointing out that it fits the toilet roll holder, I don’t buy it. For that topic, there are many alternative solutions that could have been chosen (many Israeli households, for example, have their toilet paper neatly stored in a straw basket, rather than on a hanger). However, tissue disposal demands a very specific approach. Some of you may say – “you could just put the pieces of paper in a plastic bag or something…” And that brings me to my final point:

It’s sustainable

You might be asking yourself: in what way? Let me tell you! Though I considered other options for all those moist bits of paper, I cannot picture a sick person getting up to throw the papers whenever they have to blow their nose. Therefore, the only other thing that comes to mind is that this person puts the paper inside a near plastic bag. That is, dear friends, pure waste! Just take a moment to think about all the plastic bags you are using and throwing away by doing so. As you stuff the paper into the roll, you maximize reusing and help make the world a greener place. And that’s all there is to say.

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