MADRID – Second this website there may be a shortage of toilet paper in Europe due to the energy crisis, the lack of raw materials and the consequences of the war in Ukraine. The toilet paper crisis is already looming over the Germans due to the bankruptcy of Hakle, Germany’s largest toilet paper producer. But could Spain also be facing a toilet paper crisis and should we now, just as in the first months of the corona pandemic, start stockpiling toilet paper?
In addition to rising gas, electricity and fuel prices, inflation also affects paper prices, which are also much higher than normal. And this in turn puts the producers of toilet and kitchen paper in crisis. In Germany, however, the largest producer Hakle is already bankrupt because it could no longer bear the high costs of raw materials, transport and energy. Other manufacturers in various European countries are also concerned about the situation.
But how is it going in Spain? Should residents also take into account empty shelves in supermarkets, and should people start piling up again, just like in the early months of the corona pandemic? Or everything is fine. According to the director general of the Spanish association Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Pasta, Papel y Cartón (ASPAPEL), nobody needs to worry in Spain.
In Spain, as in other EU countries, paper has also become more expensive, but there are no restrictions. Furthermore, Spain is better prepared for gas supply than Germany, which is heavily dependent on gas from Russia, which is not the case in Spain. Therefore, paper mills in Spain can continue to produce at normal rates.
According to the general manager of ASPAPEL, there is absolutely no reason to hoard toilet paper and he urges the Spanish people not to panic. Accumulating means emptying the shelves and this in turn generates toilet paper stress while there is nothing to worry about as there is no shortage of toilet paper but you cannot manage the supply due to the huge sales. There was no reason to panic during the pandemic and not now.