‘We’re making 1.5 million rolls more a day’: Toilet paper supplier explains shortage

‘We’re making 1.5 million rolls more a day’: Toilet paper supplier explains shortage
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GEORGIA — If you’re still struggling to find toilet paper and paper towels, you’re not alone.

Early on, experts said hoarding caused the shortage, but there may be another reason.

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Georgia-Pacific is a major paper company out of Georgia. Spokesperson Eric Abercrombie said the company was surprised by the shortage at the start of the pandemic.

The company used industry and census data and found with more people using the bathroom at home, demand for toilet paper is way up -- 40 percent.

He said the company is working as fast as it can to keep up.

“We’re making 1.5 million rolls more a day across our system,” Abercrombie said. “So, we are making more product. It’s not a matter of there’s not supply to make the product.”

Abercrombie said Georgia-Pacific is even shipping directly to some stores to ramp up their supply.

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