To come full circle with toilet paper, I have seen steel rebar utilized to create toilet paper roll holders
I know a lot of people who struggled to find toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic. My friends would carpool and drive across the state on a Saturday or Sunday until they could find a batch of toilet paper on the shelves at a random supermarket or pharmacy. I was lucky in that I had just purchased a huge case of toilet paper just weeks before the pandemic was announced and lockdowns began. It wasn’t until the end of April before I needed to purchase toilet paper again. And as soon as I found another case of it with over 20 rolls inside, I jumped on the opportunity to stock up for another month at a time. But toilet paper was not the only commodity affected by supply line shortages correlating back to the COVID-19 pandemic. My friends work in the building industry and said that plywood was difficult to find for several months. When they finally had a new source for plywood, the price shot up considerably. In addition to wood, I have heard that supply on steel rebar has ebbed and flowed since the beginning of 2020. Over the last year some people have struggled to fulfill orders of various kinds of steel rebar ranging from galvanized to PVC coated rebar tie wire. To come full circle with toilet paper, I have seen steel rebar utilized to create toilet paper roll holders. One design on the internet features an arm for a single roll to use, while the base of the holder contains a section where you can store an additional six rolls of fresh toilet paper. That way you’re never stuck in the bathroom with no toilet paper if the roll runs out.