So How Many Toilet Rolls Make Up A Lifetime’s Supply Prize?

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by Jason 2 Comments

We’ve all seen competitions where you can win a year’s supply of a particular product. In the past, when we used to enter loads more competitions, we’ve won a year of tea (which turned out to be 300 teabags) and a year of beer (365 cans). However, a consumer’s view of what constitutes a “year of” can often be a lot different to that of the prize giver.

In general “average household use” is used to determine the number of products in a year’s supply. So if you’re a 10 cups of tea a day person you may well be disappointed with 300 teabags to last you all year. On the other hand those who drink tea once a week will think they’ve got a good deal.

Win Who Gives A Crap Toilet Paper

However, the competition we saw this morning did make us wonder “so how many will that be? The competition is on Twitter and it’s being run by Fluffio. They describe themselves as “a new brand of eco-friendly toilet paper & we aim to donate 50% of our profits to help fund global sanitation projects”. In their giveaway you have the chance to win “a Lifetime’s supply of Who Gives A Crap toilet paper”!

Toilet Paper Statistics

Now unfortunately we can’t see any terms and conditions for the giveaway but we can tell you that it’s open worldwide. We would love to know the number for a “lifetime’s supply” is determined and more importantly how they’ll be delivered. Then there’s the logistics for the winner as it could be a lot of toilet rolls to store!

We thought we’d do some digging and according to Toilet Paper Statistics (yes there is such a thing): “the number of days a standard roll of bath tissue usually lasts in the most-used bathrooms in the house is five”. We should note that the data is according to Charmin, who conducted a survey of toilet roll users, and it probably doesn’t account for the fact that toilet rolls are allegedly shrinking in size (The Metro).

We Do Some Sums

Now an average of 1 toilet roll per household every five days seems a tad conservative, but let’s go with it! One roll used per every five days equates to 73 rolls a year. As the average life expectancy in the UK is around 81 we just need a start time – so we’re going to randomly assume the winner’s age is 35. So our “35 year old winner” will need 46 years of toilet rolls! At 73 rolls per year – that is 3358 toilet rolls or just under 373 packs of 9 (which would cost around £1865) for one lifetime.

Now I don’t know about you guys but we struggle to keep a dozen or so rolls in the cupboard – so where the heck would you store over 3000 of them!! And more importantly, would 3358 rolls actually be enough?? What if you ran out? Would the promoter re-stock?

Check The Terms – If They Exist

On a more serious note, it does help if promoters do have terms and conditions when it comes to giveaways. That way when a “lifetime’s supply” is dished out all entrants will know how many can be won and how the calculations are determined. The same applies for all other win a week/month/year of whatever product.

For more details about the competition then head to Fluffio on Twitter.

  • Stewart Miller

    1 toilet roll lasting 5 days? LOL. Was it a one person household and did they have constipation at the time? We usually go through 1 roll per day somes times one and a half- for a 3 adult household. Mind our son does use it as a paper hanky too when he has a cold so that will slew figures of use a litttle. But 1 roll per 5 days?? How the heck did they come out at that figure? or did they mean one roll per person per 5 days? Perhaps they were basing their prediction as the number of people in the uk and the number of toilet rolls sold by Charmin and forgetting all about Andrex’s many different types, or Cushelle or Velvet or supermarkets own etc etc? Or were Charmin trying to claim their rolls are so long and so thick that THEY lasted for 5 days (marketing white lie?)

  • Stewart Miller

    Just looked at the website you linked to. A regular Charmin Roll contains 88 sheets- from a site giving Charmins info- other bigger rolls contain more sheets- more on that later for now we shall go with the regular size- 88 sheets. According to the statistics site consumers use 8.6 sheets per trip to the loo using a total of 57 sheets per day. Straightaway there is a discrepancy- 88 sheets per roll- 57 used in one day?? Roll fully used in 1 and a half days not 5. OOPPSS!! Shot down by their own figures already.

    A Charmin large roll however contains 132 sheets -it is 1 and a half times the size of the regular size. It should last- at 57 sheets a roll per day for 2- and a bit days- still not the 5 days they claimed though. The double roll- the size of 2 regular rolls- contains 176 sheets- almost 3 days- still not 5 days though is it. Now we come to the Giant rolls- getting to the big boys now – 220 sheets or just short of 4 days- you’ll have to hold it in for the 5th day even with this big boy!. And finally, the Charmin MEGA ROLL at 352 sheets per roll- now your talking- at last a roll that lasts 5 days- using just 285 sheets in 5 days (at their meagre average of 8.6 sheets per trip-88 sheets used per day ) and a few sheets left over- you’ll get 6 whole days out of this one- cause for celebration?

    For comparison- the Cushelle we have just finished contains 180 sheets per roll, Andrex- which we are currently using- contains 190 sheets per roll and a 9 pack of Co-Op rolls on standyby has 220 sheets per roll. All of which beat the numbers of sheets i found for Charmin until you reach the Giant size- which the co-op matches at 220 sheets. Of course none of those numbers take into account the sizes of each sheet or length of each roll- which do vary quite considerably.

    I find using 8.6 sheets per visit to the loo rather too tight for some bodily functions though it MAY be quite adequate for “ladies who tea” amend as required. 😉