If it seems like your household is going through toilet paper faster than usual, you’re not imagining things. That roll of TP no longer stretches as far as it once did – literally. In a 2016 report, consumer watchdog Which? found that the number of sheets per roll have decreased by 14 per cent in two years. Sadly, toilet paper brands have not dropped their prices to match the rollback (pun intended). So for your budget’s sake, you might want to start limiting your TP use per bathroom break.
Next time you pick up a jar of pasta sauce, take a close look at the fine print on the packaging. You may notice that the numbers have gotten smaller over the years. According to a 2017 report by the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics, 2529 supermarket products have decreased in size or weight in a five-year span. This sneaky scheme, which researchers coined as “shrinkflation,” means you are getting less food for your money each year. Here’s how to tell the difference between a genuine supermarket special offer and just another marketing trick.
The numbers speak for themselves: Ice in the Arctic Sea has thinned by 10 per cent over the last 30 years, and glaciers in the Himalayas are predicted to disappear by 2035, National Geographic reports. Experts say greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide are to blame. These gases become trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere, increasing average temperatures and melting glaciers as a result. To curb global warming, the world needs to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 per cent by 2050, according to a 2014 UN report.
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