Germans Warned Energy Crisis Will Create Toilet Paper Shortage

Won't be able to guarantee "security of supply" due to gas shortages.

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The chairman of the nation’s paper industry association has warned Germans that the energy crisis will create a toilet paper shortage, almost certainly guaranteeing fresh panic buying of the product.

“We are particularly dependent on gas for the production of tissue paper. Without it, we will no longer be able to provide security of supply,” said Die Papierindustrie chief Martin Krengel in a published statement.

“In the current energy crisis, our top priority is to provide people with this important commodity,” he added, although in making such comments he risks there being a run on existing supplies.

Each German uses an average of 134 rolls of toilet paper per year.

Last month, the Bavarian Paper Association warned that factories forced to run at reduced capacity as a result of natural gas shortages would become unprofitable.

The last time Germans engaged in panic buying of toilet paper was during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fearing food shortages as a result of the invasion of Ukraine, there were also runs on items such as flour and cooking oil earlier this year.

Krengel’s comments are likely to prompt further panic buying of toilet paper, with Germans having already exhausted supplies of electric heaters, firewood and stoves in many areas as they prepare for energy rationing this winter.

As we previously highlighted, top Green Party official Winfried Kretschmann caused controversy by suggesting Germans use washcloths instead of taking showers, as well as buying expensive eco-heating systems that are unaffordable for the average person.

Germans planning to express their frustration with the energy crisis by engaging in protests have been demonized as domestic extremists.

As we reported last week, the interior minister of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Herbert Reul (CDU), outrageously suggested Germans who may be planning to protest against energy blackouts were “enemies of the state” and “extremists” who want to overthrow the government.

Other observers are predicting riots in response to energy shortages that will make anti-lockdown unrest look like a “children’s birthday party.”

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