Toilet Paper: How many trees does it take to make a roll?

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I have rarely given much thought to toilet paper except when it's not available and I need it. After trying out this new brand of tree-free paper, it got me thinking and inspired this post.

So, have you ever thought about how much toilet paper you use in a day? a week? a month? a year? Me either, until recently. And what about sheets you use each time? 3 squares, 6, 10, or a big wad of countless sheets? Well, after reading this, you may look at the squares and how many you are holding in your hand a little differently. Just saying ...

Here are some statistics:

15% of deforestation is due to toilet paper production.

Americans spend $6 billion on toilet paper every year, more than people in any other country in the world.

Annually it takes 1.7 trillion liters (437 billion gallons) of water, 253,000 tons of bleach, and 15 million trees to feed America’s toilet paper habit.

It is estimated that a single tree can make 100 pounds (1,500 rolls) of toilet paper.

The average American uses 3 rolls of toilet paper each week. So being conservative, an average person may use 8 rolls a month. Well, that's 96 rolls per person, per year and we can even be a little more conservative and say 90 rolls ...

On average, it is estimated that a person uses 8.6 sheets per bathroom visit, for a total of 57 sheets per day, and a total of more than 20,000 sheets per year. By these estimates, a family of four would use 228 sheets of toilet paper per day and 83,220 sheets per year.It takes about 384 trees to make the toilet paper that one man uses within his lifetime.

The daily production of toilet paper is about 83,048,116 rolls per day.

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Recommended Toilet Paper Usage

Hip2Save  recommends the following daily usage guideline: 💩  Kids – 2 squares if going #1; 3 squares if going #2. Adults – 3 squares if going #1; 3 squares if going #2.

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Tree-Free Toilet Paper Options

There are quite a few options out there but we use and highly recommend Reel. You would never know it's tree-free and it's the equivalent, if not better than any quality "tree" made toilet paper.

Reel is made from tree-free, 100% bamboo paper.

  • 24 mega rolls in each box.
  • 300 sheets per roll.
  • Conveniently delivered to your door.
  • Free Shipping on subscription orders in the Contiguous United States.
  • Hassle-Free subscription. Cancel anytime.
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And they make paper towels too!

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Sustainability

27,000 trees are cut down daily to make toilet paper. Reel is made from tree-free, 100% bamboo paper. Zero plastic packaging, even the tape.

Small changes can create a big impact.

By purchasing Reel, you are supporting their mission to provide access to clean toilets to those in need around the world while also giving American households a way to reduce their carbon footprint.

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Reel and SOIL Partnership

Since 2006, SOIL has been transforming waste into useful resources in Haiti.

By providing toilets and removing waste from communities, SOIL is preventing the spread of waterborne disease, increasing families’ safety and security, and protecting vulnerable aquatic ecosystems.

SOIL then safely treats the collected waste and transforms it into compost which is sold to support agriculture, reforestation, and climate change mitigation efforts in Haiti.

Reel X SOIL
Dignified, sustainable, safely-managed sanitation which optimizes resource recovery and is accessible to all.

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