Poll: What is the most efficient way to use TP?

March 19, 2020


Do you fold, wad, or wrap your toilet paper? Your answer could save your life.

During a global pandemic, it’s critical to practice social distancing and limit your exposure to the pathogen. The less you’re exposed, the lower your chances of catching and spreading the virus. The fewer trips to the store to buy supplies the better. Limiting your trips out requires conserving scarce resources, rationing – consuming less – and being efficient in your use of supplies, especially toilet paper.

Fold, Bunch, or Wrap: What is most efficient?

Folding a few sheets of toilet paper into a square is more efficient and takes half the paper than wadded paper. Don’t take our word for it. Dr. Sam Novario, a theoretical and computational nuclear physicist at Michigan State University did the math for a Mel Magazine article:                                       


                  Credit: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/fold-or-wad-toilet-paper-physics                                                                                                

Did you know that Americans use more toilet paper than Europeans because roughly 70 percent of Americans bunch their toilet paper into a wad compared to 90 percent of Europeans who unspool a few sheets and fold it into a square?

So, the next time you feel the urge and take a seat on your throne, unspool a few sheets and neatly fold them into a square. You’ll not only save some money and trees …you’ll save yourself the time and risk of another trip to the store for toilet paper.

But whether you fold, wrap, or bunch, your choice of toilet paper can make a big difference for forests, wildlife, local communities and the climate. Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) makes Charmin toilet paper, one of the most popular and iconic brands in the United States. P&G refuses to commit to stop sourcing from critical forests in Canada, and refuses to add recycled fiber to its tissue products like Charmin, Bounty, and Puffs. We will let you know when P&G makes an environmentally and socially responsible TP using recycled fiber that doesn’t harm endangered species habits.

Until then, stay healthy, stay at home, and save your money, time, and trips to the store by conserving your toilet paper by folding into squares instead of wadding, bunching, or wrapping.