Paper towels are dying in America, poll finds
A new study out today finds that American households are using paper towels less than they used to, and are resorting to cutting down on the amount of paper towels that go to the kitchen.
The survey of 602 households conducted by the Pew Research Center found that Americans now spend less than half as much per household on paper towels as they did five years ago, when Pew asked the question.
More than three-quarters of households surveyed reported using paper towel disposable towels less, down from nearly 80 percent in 2009.
More than two-thirds said they had used less than 1,000 paper towels in the last year, compared with more than 70 percent in 2010.
“While it’s true that disposable paper towels are now less than one-third of what they used 5 years ago and may be declining as more Americans turn to more environmentally friendly alternatives, the data doesn’t provide any indication that the trend toward more disposable paper towel usage is permanent,” said David Rothstein, senior fellow at Pew.
“Rather, it indicates that households are reducing their paper towel use as a way of cutting down the amount they use for other household goods, like food, clothing and household items like towels.”
The study found that while households are spending more on paper towel purchases, the average cost per towel has increased by more than $2 per towel.
The median cost per paper towel, which includes paper towels used in household and household laundry, is $4.95, up from $2.45 in 2009, according to the survey.
The average cost of a paper towel used for personal hygiene has increased more than sixfold from $0.75 in 2009 to $6.30 today.
In other words, households are actually spending less on paper laundry towels.
“It seems that there are fewer paper towels available for purchase, which may lead to lower use,” said Michael Wiese, a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania who led the study.
The survey also found that households with children spend more on disposable paper toys, clothing, and other household products than they did in 2010, when the question was first asked.
At the same time, paper towels may be under-utilized in the U.S. compared to other developed countries.
In 2010, paper towel production and use in the United States was about a quarter of that in the European Union, which has about 2.6 billion people and a per capita GDP of about $9,500.
In the United Kingdom, it was about 40 percent of that.
In the U, disposable paper products accounted for about 13 percent of all disposable disposable consumer products used in the country, down about 15 percent from 2010.
The United Kingdom’s per capita disposable consumer spending has been rising steadily for years, and has nearly doubled over the past decade, according a Pew analysis of government data.
It’s expected to reach nearly $50,000 in 2019, according the survey data.
The U.K. spent more on food, including food that went to household and non-alcoholic beverages, than on paper products, which are largely for household purposes.
The survey showed that while people may be cutting back on paper paper towels and other items to save money, they’re also cutting back in ways that have implications for their health and wellbeing.
A third of Americans said they have lost weight in the past year, down slightly from 26 percent in the 2009 survey.
That includes 3 percent of men, and 3 percent and 1 percent of women, respectively.
And in the survey, nearly one-quarter of Americans (22 percent) said they were eating more fruits and vegetables, compared to 16 percent in 2012.
There’s no clear evidence that Americans are becoming more frugal.
Americans are still spending a lot on paper and other consumer goods.
In 2009, Americans spent about $3,600 on paper goods and paper-towel dispensers, up more than 30 percent from 2009.
The amount of money spent on paper was up by an additional $5,600 in 2015.
Pew also asked people about how they spend their paper money.
The most common way people spend their disposable paper money is by paying for groceries.
About a third of people said they pay $1 to $2 each time they buy groceries, up slightly from 2012, when 20 percent said they did that.
Another third of households said they buy cash for grocery purchases, up by 5 percent from 2011.
Other household purchases include buying clothes, footwear, and household furniture.
More Americans than ever have used credit cards and debit cards, up nearly 50 percent from 2013.
But the use of these new cards is still in the low single digits.
In the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are the most stringent targets to reduce poverty, the goals call for doubling household disposable disposable incomes by 2020 and achieving universal access to affordable, clean, and healthy food and other