The poor quality of university toilet roll is rubbing some students up the wrong way.
â€œThe toilet paper is so thin, it rips and itâ€™s frustrating as you attempt to tear it off the dispenser,â€ said Michael Garofalo, junior from Libertyville, Illinois.
Kansas is in the lead when it comes to toilet roll usage, using more than 100,000 rolls every year.
The university currently spends $61,804 purchasing toilet roll every year, the paper supplied is recycled and single ply. Per student this costs $2.06 for each year of study.
Steve Green, in charge of ordering toilet roll, said there were a number of reasons the university had stuck to the one ply paper. If the university switched to two-ply paper, new toilet roll dispensers would be required and may not hold enough paper to last between bathroom cleanings. It would also cost more to change to a more luxurious paper.
The paper was changed to one ply seven years ago when paper products were cut.
However Pittsburg State has recently changed to a new more environmentally friendly paper, core-less and made from environmentally friendly fibre.
â€œWe went to it because of the environmental issue,â€ said Tonya Pentola, storeroom supervisor for Pittsburg State. â€œWe have had no complaints and itâ€™s comfortable to use. We are satisfied with the change.â€
This new type of paper, unsurprisingly, is more expensive. A total of 12,600 rolls are used each year at a cost of $22,694, approximately 1.8 rolls per student costing $3.24 each year. Pittsburg also had to install new dispensers that would fit the new rolls.
Comparing the two, Pittsburgâ€™s loo roll was more durable and many students said they would be happy to pay the extra dollar per year for the thicker toilet roll.