The Year Shoppers Reconsidered Toilet Paper

Amid 2020 shortages, people have sought out more sustainable options

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It’s hard to think of a year when “toilet paper” appeared in headlines as much as it did during 2020. Then again, the past 10 months have been anything but typical.

Throughout the pandemic, high demand for toilet paper has made it difficult to find. Images of empty store shelves have become commonplace on social media. More so than a lack of flour or disinfecting wipes, the inability to get an item as essential as toilet paper has created a stir because it undermines assumptions about what it means to be an American in the 21st century.



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