If you follow this blog, you know that today, August 26, is National Toilet Paper Day. This year, Boston Standard Company has teamed with FW Webb and Pine Street Inn to provide toilet paper to some of Boston’s most vulnerable individuals. We’re happy to say that we’ll be providing more than 2,000 rolls of toilet paper to Pine Street Inn this year in our first National Toilet Paper Day celebration!
As plumbers, toilet paper is near and dear to our hearts, so we’ve pulled together a few interesting facts about toilet paper to think about on National Toilet Paper Day.
Sometimes two isn’t better than one.
• US consumers overwhelmingly prefer two-ply toilet paper, but standard one-ply toilet paper is actually thicker!
• One ply toilet paper lasts longer on the roll than two-ply paper does.
• One-ply toilet paper breaks down faster in sewers and septic tanks than two-ply does.
The average ________
• The average toilet paper roll in a US household lasts about 5 days.
• The average US consumer uses about 9 squares of toilet paper per bathroom visit, and about 100 rolls of toilet paper per year.
• The average tree can generate about 800 rolls of toilet paper.
• The average daily production of toilet paper is about 83,000,000 rolls. (That consumes nearly 104,000 trees per day.)
A Japanese company invented a machine that turns waste copy paper into toilet paper. The machine is designed to work in the office and can generate two rolls per hour, using about 3.5 reams of paper. At a cost of about $100,000, clearly ecology trumps economy on this commercial refrigerator-sized gadget.
Before you price out this machine, you should know that recycled toilet paper isn’t all that green. Or healthy. As it turns out, recycled toilet paper often contains high levels of BPS and/or BPA, both of which are recognized as human hormone disruptors that are readily absorbed through the skin.
Enjoy National Toilet Paper Day, and please remember that you don’t need a special day to consider donating toilet paper to your local food pantry or homeless shelter. One out of seven families throughout Massachusetts receive some form of food aid, which doesn’t pay for sanitary items. Toilet paper, toiletries, feminine products and personal hygiene items are always in big demand and short supply.
Happy National Toilet Paper Day from your friends at Boston Standard Company.