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The Ply Debate

single-toilet-paper-rollThis fall, the University of Kansas settled a major campus-wide uprising.  It wasn’t about a major social issue, the war in Afghanistan, or the unfairness of percentage grade vs. curves.  It was against the stocking of one-ply toilet paper.

After the student body cried out for higher quality toilet tissue and captured the attention of the alumni and the local press, the university decided to adopt a two-ply tissue policy campus-wide.

A similar uprising was settled in the same manner almost 15 years ago at Harvard University.  Harry Lewis, dean of the college at the time expressed, “I personally enjoy the comfort of two-ply toilet paper.  For $30,000 a year, I expect the school to be providing quality toilet paper.”

So what is the best choice in toilet tissue for your facility?  The best advice might be to gather input from your tenants, evaluate options with your Banner Systems sales rep, and evaluate your budget.

Additionally, you can refer to this article in Housekeeping Solutions that outlines factors to consider when debating restroom paper and dispensers, including:

  1. Traffic – The level of restroom traffic can dictate the type of tissue you stock. Heavy-traffic restrooms will need jumbo-rolls in high-capacity dispensers while low-traffic venues can work with single-rolls.
  2. Image – You certainly would not expect one-ply tissue at an expensive hotel or upscale office building, so consider your facility and the image you want to project.
  3. Quality – Quality can have a direct correlation to cost, as people tend to use more of a cheaper product to do the job. Although tissue is not as sensitive to this factor as towels, there can be problems with r quality toilet paper with waste and pilferage unless a locking mechanism is used.

Let Banner Systems give you an audit on your paper products and see if we can provide you with a better product at a better price for your particular need.

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