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Recycling is a bit of an obsession with me.

We make sure that we sort paper and cardboard in particular into the right bins.

But the other aspect of good paper management is to use paper products that are made from recycled paper.

So rather than just creating paper for recycling we also use the product.

We buy toilet paper and kitchen rolls that are made from recycled paper. But I have a dilemma.

For one thing recycled paper tissues are quite hard to find here.

Yesterday in the supermarket I compared the price of the toilet paper with the price of boxes of tissues.

Two boxes of tissues each containing 100 tissues costs almost three euros. Meanwhile there were eight toilet rolls for about the same money.

Eight big fluffy toilet rolls.

A little while ago I was thinking about the contrast. Why do we use tissue box tissues in the living room but toilet roll tissues in the bathroom?

Does it really boil down to the shape of the container?

So what to do?

I had a cunning plan!

Yes you’ve guessed it!

The man with a workshop has created a lovely solution.


The Perspex base reveals the secret!
How clever is that?



7 comments on “Ingenuity

  1. tootlepedal
    October 10, 2014

    Quite clever.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jpeggytaylor
    October 11, 2014

    Lovely box! We do this too – the shape of tissue is purely conceptual isn’t it? Why not repurpose the toilet rolls? It makes perfect sense 🙂


    • lizard100
      October 11, 2014

      Exactly. We often can’t find recycled paper facial tissues so this way we’re still keeping the cycle.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Helen
    October 11, 2014

    Very fetching! Ever since my parents economised with toilet paper rather than tissues I have done the same. Ie I’ve always used the former.


  4. Kim in Fiji
    October 13, 2014

    Very civilized. We just have the toilet rolls sitting around all over the place – haven’t used tissue box tissues since …. decades! Not so civilized.


    • lizard100
      October 13, 2014

      Well we often use the rolls but I wanted to find an elegant disguise.


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