Though not as important as the current discussions presently raging in Israel concerning the quality of housing, perhaps readers might like to be reminded of a few Israeli things which are of a higher standard than similar products available here in North America.

First and foremost are Israeli bandages. While those in North America have declined in thickness and adhesiveness over the years, those available in Israel remain consistently robust in both regards. They are great to use for cuts when a worry about the bandage falling off is not comforting. Perhaps their quality is due to a ‘ trickle down ‘ effect of IDF military specifications, but for whatever the reason I always pick up a box or two to bring back home on each of my annual trips.

Similarly the plastic bags one gets one’s purchases in from bookshops and other specialty stores are of a size, thickness and construction no longer found here in Canada. They are ideal for use in transporting books to classes here during our bitter Canadian winters. The gauge of plastic used ensures they withstand heavy loads and scrapes over many years of use. An added pleasure is trying to translate the Ivrit labeling during lulls in a lecture or class.

The plastic containers used by several of the take away restaurants that I use in Jerusalem are robust enough so as to compare favourably with the food storage containers sold here at our hardware stores.  They are almost up to the standard of Tupperware, though not quite. Repeated use back home does not damage them. Over the years I have acquired enough to see me though many years of food storage. I have even proudly passed them on the friends with the explanation that these are the type of disposable containers one gets in Israel.

The plastic clothes bags one receives from Israeli dry cleaners are exceptional and of a thickness so as to permit the repeated use back home. They are ideal for long term storage. I have also used them on business trips for packing shirts and suits. Those here in Canada have declined to a thickness and manufacture so as to frequently result in damage on their initial trip home from the dry cleaners.

I still treasure some tobacco, Oxo cube and camphor ointment tins which saw secondary use in my parents’ workshop and sewing rooms.
They never wasted nor threw away anything which could have had a secondary use. They would, I am sure, have been impressed with the quality of the above Israeli products.