Paper towels – more than you bargained for


Why are the paper towel machines in the bathrooms double-rolled? It seems like a terrible waste of paper. Can we have only one-ply and help out the environment a little?


The paper isn’t two ply. When two sheets come out, it’s because there are two rolls inside the dispenser. When one roll starts getting low, janitorial will put another one in and feed both through – because the University of Wisconsin didn’t splurge on those dispensers that can switch rolls on the fly. That way, when the low-roll runs out completely, the dispenser will still have towels to dispense, depriving people of the opportunity to complain about it.
The overall idea, I think, is that while two towels are coming out people will be using less of each. So that would be my solution.




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