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Japanese Poetry Saves On Toilet Paper

Feb 6, 2009

A Japanese group campaigning for decreased toilet paper usage has created an innovative and inspiring approach to cutting consumption in public rest rooms, according to the top news Reuters news source in Tokyo, Japan, The group has pasted poetry in bathroom stalls, hoping to reduce the amount of toilet paper used. This move is driven by a recent study by the Japan Toilet Labo research center that reported pasting a “toilet poem” at the eye level of a person seated in the cubicle can help cut toilet paper use by up to 20 percent.

“That paper will meet you only for a moment,” reads one poem. “Fold the paper over and over and over again,” says another. Or just: “Love the toilet.”

Now the group is looking to have its posters displayed in 1,000 public toilets.

“We asked ourselves what we could do for the environment in the toilet?” said Ryusuke Nagahara of the Japan Toilet Labo. “The answer is to save toilet paper and save water.”

Toilet Paper use in Japan has been increasing in recent years, according to an industry body, possibly because of a rise in the number of public toilets, where people tend to use more paper.

“It’s because it’s free,” said an official at the Kikaisuki Washi Rengokai. “At home, people are more inclined to scrimp.”

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8 Responses to “Japanese Poetry Saves On Toilet Paper”

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  2. Nick - March 5th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Ok but this does seem to relate

  3. Root Canal West Hollywood - June 9th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I never realized that toilet paper in places other than our homes IS free. I know I take advantage of toilet paper in public stalls and get what I need plus some. Wonder if they would start anything like this in the US.

  4. T.S.Eliot - June 24th, 2011 at 6:06 am

    It is good to hear that poetry is used to create awareness regarding toilet and toilet papers. But poetry by itself needs some awareness this time. Nobody seems to admire it :(

  5. Best Poems - July 13th, 2011 at 4:25 am

    It is a good initiative to make poetry contagious and it’s not people who are not admiring poetry, just take a look on how is poetry present online and in school courses. The mainstream publishing medias and powers who think only profit who are just imposing their diktat

  6. Actualites Japon - September 13th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I don’t know if it can works, but it’s an original campaign ^^

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  8. home - July 4th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about toilet paper.
    Regards

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