This Is How Much More Toilet Paper You Actually Used in Lockdown

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<p>When the coronavirus first hit the United States in March, and states started to lockdown, Americans rushed to supermarkets for one essential item: <a href=””>toilet paper</a>. A roll of Charmin was worth its weight in gold as store shelves were wiped clean of the product. But did people really need <i>that</i> much extra toilet paper? Well, yes, as it turns out: <strong>We used <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>140 percent more toilet paper</a> during quarantine compared to pre-pandemic life.</strong></p>
<p>According to <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>data from IRI</a> and the U.S. Census, the average American household—containing two to three people—uses 409 regular rolls of toilet paper each year. <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Toilet paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific</a>, which makes Angel Soft and Quilted Northern, then calculated that if you were to stay home all day, every day, there would be a 140 percent increase compared to the average daily usage.</p>
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<p>This means that a four-person family would need 17 double rolls or nine mega rolls to hold them over for two weeks. Meanwhile, a two-person household would use about nine double rolls or five mega rolls in the same timespan.</p>
<p>Many places in the U.S. were in lockdown for around 13 weeks—even if it might have felt like a lifetime. By now, a cohabiting couple would have burned through 59 rolls of <a href=””>toilet paper</a>. That estimate jumps to a whopping 111 double rolls of toilet paper for a four-person household.</p>
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<p>To keep up with the skyrocketing demand, Georgia-Pacific is making <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>1.5 million more rolls of toilet paper per day</a>. “We are breaking production records and shipping beyond our typical capacity,” spokesman <strong>Eric Abercrombie</strong> told <em>Chicago Tribune</em>. And for more on the early days of the pandemic, check out <a href=””>The Worst Mistakes You Made When Coronavirus First Hit</a>.</p>

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