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Covid 19 and Toilet Paper Talk

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Written by Russell Alexander / (905) 655-6335

Covid 19 and Toilet Paper Talk

What’s all this talk of toilet paper?  You would think it is the new currency.

We have all seen the pictures and news stories of empty shelves at Costco where the TP use to be. Large line ups and people with shopping carts full of TP.

Reader’s Digest reports:

There are approximately 64 million Costco members roaming the aisles of the warehouse club for one of their hottest commodities—toilet paper. It’s the must-have bathroom item that CNBC dubbed as the “crowned jewel” of Costco back in 2012….

Since toilet paper sales make Costco $400 million annually, it’s no wonder the company is so meticulous about their toilet paper production.

By the numbers Costco’s Kirkland Signature 2-ply Bath Tissue, 30-pack:


  • 2-ply bathroom tissue
  • Sheet dimensions (L × W): 11.4 cm × 10.1 cm (4.5 in. × 4 in.)
  • 425 sheets per roll
  • Septic safe
  • 5 packs of 6

Online $20.00 (currently out of stock).

Lots of people have been panic buying TP while others buy only what they need.  So how much is enough?

Don’t fret we have found a TP calculator to help you plan for your TP needs. Visit the calculator and enter the advanced data requirements, such as:

  • Total Rolls you have
  • Toilet visits per day
  • Average number of wipes per trip
  • Sheets per wipe
  • Sheets on roll
  • People in household
  • Days of quarantine or self-isolation

So assume a family of 4 and one package of Costco’s TP, as listed above (and other assumptions) one package of Kirkland TP should last you over 30 days.

I hope this helps. You can learn more and try out the TP calculator here:

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the Founder & Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.