I know this is not the greatest piece of information but still, it’s worth to share.
According to Euromonitor International, global spending on paper towels for use at home (but not in office or public bathrooms) added up to about $12 billion in 2017, and Americans accounted for about $5.7 billion of that total. In other words, the U.S. spends nearly as much on paper towels as every other country in the world combined. Also, the average spent on paper towels is $17.50 which is much more than other countries.
We don’t know the exact reason for this huge consume but some explanations arise such as “A strong economy can support more spending on nonessentials like paper towels and purchases of higher-quality products”. But given that other comparably wealthy countries don’t consume nearly as much on a per capita basis, the appeal must go beyond just what people can afford.
Perhaps the paper towel satisfies some deeper, uniquely American desire to be immediately rid of a problem, whatever the cost. Maybe it is the representation of Americans who are obsessed with instant gratification.
They’re not just using them—they’re throwing them away, too. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015 the country generated about 7.4 billion pounds of waste consisting of paper towels and other “tissue” materials, like toilet paper.
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