Indian toiletries are among the cheapest in the world, but a recent study found they could be a lot more expensive than you might think.
India’s National Institute of Public Health found toiletries cost an average of Rs.15 ($1.36) per 100 grams of waste.
The study compared the price of toilet paper and toilet paper roll to that of toilet towels, toilet paper dispenser and toilet soap dispensers.
The toilet paper costs a mere Rs.5 ($0.74) per roll.
The cost of a toilet paper is less than the cost of an average bath towel, according to the study.
In addition, it’s cheaper to use a toilet roll in a public toilet than in a private bathroom.
A paper towel would cost Rs.10 ($1) per 50 grams, while a roll of toilet tissue costs Rs.3 ($0,04) per 250 grams.
A $20 (about $42) toilet paper towel in India would be more expensive to purchase than a $1.20 (only $4.50) roll in the US, the study found.
According to the report, the average cost of toiletries is about 20% less than that of soap dispensing, a toothbrush, shampoo and moisturizer.
A similar study from the World Health Organization (WHO) found the cost per gram of waste in the developing world is only $0.07 ($0 to $0,01), according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The average cost in the United States is about $0 ($0).
The study estimates that the average American wastes about $2,500 ($8.35) per year.