Toilet poems will save the world

Have you ever thought about doing your part to curb global warming? You have? Good. Have you ever considered writing thought-provoking poetry to be displayed in public bathrooms across Japan? I didn’t think so. One Japanese group not only has but also made it their mission to save the world, one piece of toilet paper at a time.

I’m not quite sure how the Japan Toilet Labo found out this curious fact, but they claim that pasting short poems at eye level of the person sitting on the toilet causes them to use 20% less toilet paper. Come to think of it, I don’t want to know how they found out. An example line of what you may read:

“That paper will meet you only for a moment” and “Fold the paper over and over and over again”, or maybe even just “Love the toilet”.

Toilet paper use in Japan is on the rise. More and more people use much more paper in public toilets than they would in their own home. The Japan Toilet Labo hopes to have 1,000 of their posters displayed in public bathrooms. Don’t be surprised or feel intimidated if you end up seeing a poem staring back at you.

Via Scientific American

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Written by xorsyst

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  1. So are they vandalizing, or is this being allowed by the owners of the toilets?

    This is good if it curbs toilet paper use, though (well, assuming that it’s only curbing unnecessary toilet paper use).
    I see lots of vandalism at eye level above urinals, and rarely is it motivational. In fact, just the other day there was a bunch of (I assume fresh) spit right at eye height. I was kinda grossed out.

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