Square Toilet Paper

Architect Shigeru Ban created the square toilet paper for Kenya Hara’s Redesign Exhibition. Because the tube is not round, the dispensing motion is incremental when the user pulls on the toilet paper. The theory is that this will prevent the user from pulling too much and reduce resource consumption. “Architect Ban is known around the world for designing buildings using paper tubes. He has a genuine reason for this approach. Paper tubes can be produced at a low cost and can be recycled when they are no longer needed. Toilet paper attracted his interest. Ban’s re-designed toilet paper has a square tube. The conventional round roll smoothly supplies more paper, “swoosh, swoosh”. The square roll resists, functioning to reduce resource consumption. What’s more, when packaged, the square rolls fit together nicely, saving space in transportation and storage.” – Kenya Hara

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