Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Toilet paper

I had no idea how much I could learn by reading a press release about the Advanced Toilet Seat from Brondell. Did you know:

• Charmin estimates that on average, consumers use 8.6 sheets per trip – a total of 57 sheets per day.
• A typical 3,000-passenger ship on a week-long journey uses 1,197,000 toilet papers sheets each day.
• Over 100,000,000 rolls of toilet paper are consumed every day throughout the world.
• The United States uses over 3.2 million tons per year.
• 54 million trees are cut down every year just to produce toilet paper for the US market
• Each roll of toilet paper produced uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water, and 1.3 KWH of electricity.

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At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you said. " Each roll of toilet paper produced uses 1.5 pounds of wood, 37 gallons of water, and 1.3 KWH of electricity." there is no way that a consumer sized roll of TP takes 1.5 pounds of wood to make. really?

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Scuttleblog said...

These stats came from the Brondell press release.

I was more amazed that they said on average each person uses 8.6 sheets per trip to the toilet (which seems to be a lot) or 57 sheets per day.

That means - on average - people are doing some business 6.6 times per day. That's a lot of magazine reading.

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as 8.6 sheets per trip... a fair number of women I've had the pleasure of knowing (well enough to share the head) seem to prefer the technique of wrapping the tp round and round their hand to create a large absorbant wad. I just might have hoped that all the guys not using tp after a quick trip might have offset the number.

Oh, and from a press release writing perspective I'll bet the number they cited is adjusted for two-ply (that is four two-ply sheets get counted as 8)m

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Jeff9 said...

I know a way to save more on toilet paper than any coupon or special. This covers all the bases = saves you money, helps the environment, helps your health, makes you feel better, it's so easy to do and it costs less than $50.00; Save money and the Earth and be clean at the same time! Add Bathroom Bidet Sprayers to all your bathrooms. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off” Available at with these you won't even need toilet paper any more, just a towel to dry off! Don’t worry, you can still leave some out for guests and can even make it the soft stuff without feeling guilty. It's cheap and can be installed without a plumber; and runs off the same water line to your toilet. You'll probably pay for it in a few months of toilet paper savings. As for water use a drought is always a concern and must be dealt with prudently but remember the water use of industrial users far exceeds the water use of household users and in the case of toilet paper manufacture it is huge. The pollution and significant power use from that manufacturing process also contributes to global warming so switching to a hand bidet sprayer and lowering your toilet paper use is very green in multiple ways.


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