Why the construction industry is essential to the supply of toilet paper

By Washington Forest Protection Association

As Everett residents and businesses continue to work together to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, some measures may be bringing some unintended consequences.

Take the recent surge in purchases of toilet paper and paper towels, for example. When the current stock is depleted, consumers wonder: Will more be available? How about the take-out packaging for the local restaurants we’re trying to keep open? Or much-needed face masks?

The answer now is probably yes, because Washington’s commercial and residential construction industry has gotten the green light from Gov. Jay Inslee to start back to work. But after the initial quarantine announcement, there were some concerns.