>> Taiwan's supermarkets have been struggling with a shortage of a basic necessity. No, it's not bread or water, but toilet paper. Frenzied consumers buying out rolls and rolls of this now rare item, fearing a nearly 30% increase in prices. As some consumers are stocking up, others fear supplies will soon be wiped out.
>> The price hikes come as the cost of pulp used in toilet paper is rising. Taiwan is not a major producer of paper products, and depends on international markets which have recently seen supply disruptions. But there's an upside. The shortage has encouraged consumers to choose recycled toilet paper instead.
In Taiwan only 5% of toilet paper and tissues are made from recycled content. Compared with 65% in Japan, and more than half in the US and Europe.