How Much Toilet Paper do we Use?

How Much Toilet Paper do we Use?

Clipping from Josh Madison's Blog on Toilet Paper Usage

Studies have been done on how much toilet paper the average American uses. One independent study we’ve found is on a blog post titled “Toilet Paper Usage Analysis” penned by Josh Madison on his website joshmadison.com. The graphic on the left is a clipping from his post that breaks down how much TP he used over a one-year period. He provides extremely granular data in his report; down to the start and end date of each roll, and average sheets used and cost per day.

He makes a reference to Sheryl Crow who proposed that we all use only one sheet of toilet tissue per bathroom visit (1:30 into the video). That statement resulted in a slew of funny videos on YouTube where a search for “Sheryl Crow toilet paper” yields 38 videos.

Anyway, back to real analysis, we found an article on MSN Moneycentral titled “The economics of toilet paper” that quoted a statement made by Kimberly-Clark, maker of Charmin:

“…the average person uses 57 sheets of toilet paper per day. With that in mind, you can estimate costs pretty easily. A typical brand’s 12-pack retails for $6.99 and has 352 sheets per roll, meaning that it will last a family of four about 18 to 19 days. That means that family needs to buy a 12-pack about 20 times per year, putting the annual toilet-tissue costs around $140.

These and other statistics show that we do use a lot of toilet paper. Control-n-Roll is doing it’s part to help save money, mess and the ecology.

9 Responses to How Much Toilet Paper do we Use?

  1. Jean says:

    Any idea how many rolls of toilet paper US hotels purchase in a year? I am teaching a hospitality class. Would be great if you had an idea. Thanks Jean

    • Roll it Rite says:

      Jean, I did a little research and found this on Wikipedia:

      Environmental considerations
      One tree produces about 100 pounds (45 kg) of toilet paper and about 83 million rolls are produced per day.
      An average American uses 50 pounds (23 kg) of tissue paper per year which is 50% more than the average of Western countries or Japan. Millions of trees are harvested in North America and in Latin American countries leaving ecological footprint concerns. Americans also use “toilet paper” for industrial purposes such as oil filters, which may distort the usage statistics.
      According to a news report by The Epoch Times in 2004, 37.5% of toilet paper tested from Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces showed high levels of bacteria commonly found in human waste. A manager from one of the agencies involved in testing, Guangdong Consumer Associates, blamed “unsanitary raw materials used in production” for the high bacteria counts. Chinese hospital experts have warned that use of contaminated toilet paper can result in skin and gynecological infections.

  2. Helen H says:

    Imagine if only 50% of USA switched to using the bum gun or similar much more eco and hygienic devices. There would be a huge decline in chopping down trees and due to the bum gun cleaning our bodies in a much cleaner and fresher way we would all be healthier as it cuts out so much bacteria. Why so many people still use toilet paper instead of water is beyond me..

  3. Morgan S says:

    So then how much does the average American use in a day with around 4 people in the house and how many tree’s does 1 person use in a year?

    • Morgan, Thank you for your question. I’m sorry to say that we do not have this information available at the moment. Perhaps some of the researches who visit our site would be able to provide this information for you.

  4. Vanessa walker says:

    by the way Charmin is not manufactured by Kimberly Clark that product is manufactured by Procter and Gamble. Kimberly-clark manufacturers Cottontail and Scott tissue paper

  5. lashangla hawkins says:

    need toilet paper in nacogdoches i use on my meustral 10 packs of 6 rool paper in a one a day period need help with hygienes on hud in nacogdoches texasname is lashangla hawkins 1529 toimberlake

  6. David Smith says:

    We use Scott 1000 sheet toilet paper because it lasts longer in our house. I know that we go through quite a bit each year and it would probably be interesting how much we spend just on TP for us.

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