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

‘We’re making 1.5 million more rolls a day’: Toilet paper supplier explains shortage during pandemic
FILE PHOTO: Toilet paper maker Georgia-Pacific said it is working to meet increased demand. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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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Eric Abercrombie, a spokesman for Georgia-Pacific, a major paper company out of Georgia, said his company was surprised by the shortage at the start of the pandemic.

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

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

“We’re making 1.5 million more rolls 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.