7.2.12: Waste Not Want Not

Thin, greyish toilet paper without the toilet paper roll says “Ukraine” to me. A lovely sculptural object in and of itself, it also gets me thinking about the amount of waste (no pun intended) that goes on at home in North America. According to an article in the Washington Post,

The cardboard tube has been a staple of the toilet paper industry, but it serves no real consumer purpose. It was inserted to aid production efficiency and maintain stability during shipment…Alyson Gomez, a spokeswoman for Kimberly-Clark, said toilet paper tubes account for 160 million pounds of waste in the U.S. every year. “End to end it can take you to the moon and back twice.”

Convenience over cost? Style over substance? Old habits die hard? These are just some of the important questions you ponder in depth when alone at a rural farmhouse for days on end…

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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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