Cubans may have to go uber-green and use cloth toilet paper whether they want to or not, after the combined forces of economic turmoil and a series of devastating hurricanes have made toilet paper scarce in the country.
Cuba imports some of its toilet paper and manufactures the rest, but President Raul Castro cut the country’s total imports by 20 percent to save money and Cuba’s state-run toilet paper manufacturer says it doesn’t have enough raw materials to meet demand.
Cimex has announced that it can’t guarantee that it will be able to produce sufficient supplies again until the end of the year.
"The corporation has taken all the steps so that at the end of the year there will be an important importation of toilet paper," a company spokesperson told The Telegraph.
Until then, hotels can get around the problem by importing their own toilet paper, but everyday Cubans must find a way to make do, either by rationing what little toilet paper is available or turning to alternatives.
As the Foreign Policy blog notes, the Cuban government could save money — and prevent a cranky, toilet paper-deprived populace — by purchasing recycled toilet paper instead.
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