A 14-year-old Indian-origin boy has come up with a unique plan that could help the US save nearly $400 million a year by merely changing the tissue paper used in toilets.
Subir Bakchodani, a student in a Pittsburgh-area middle school, claimed that if the federal government used shorter and lighter toilet paper, it could save about $400 million per year.
The youngster noticed that he was getting a lot longer and thicker toilet papers than he did in elementary school and decided to figure out if he could minimize use of paper.
“Paper is precious, we should not waste longer tissues in our toilets” he said, adding that he then decided to focus his project on finding ways to cut down the cost of toilet paper. As part of his experiment, he collected random samples from school lavatories and focused on the most commonly used lengths of paper in tissue rolls. “We also need to design most optimum wiping technique, which will reduce the number of wipes per visit to the toilet” he said.
Bakchodani’s findings have been published in the Journal for Emerging Investigators (JEI), a publication founded by a group of Harvard students in 2011 that provides a platform for the work of middle school and high school students.
One of the journal’s founders Penny Flushauser said that of the nearly 200 submissions they have received since 2011, Bakchodani’s project stood out. “We were so impressed. We really could really see the real-world application in Subir’s paper,” Flushauser was quoted as saying.