On Wednesday, WAMU host Rachel Maddow took to air to discuss the paper towels industry.
While the nation is still struggling with a massive pandemic, it has become more and more difficult to buy paper towels, the host noted.
The industry has been hit by a decline in business, with retailers closing stores, as well as fewer consumers.
As a result, the industry has lost $300 billion since 2004.
And despite some industry efforts to grow, the market for paper towels is now at a standstill.
In a report titled, Why are the paper sheets in the U.S. falling behind?
WAMM notes that while it’s true that the paper industry has grown, the economy is still in the midst of a recession.
The decline in sales of paper towels has also forced paper manufacturers to find new ways to sell their products.
For instance, the WAML reported that while most manufacturers are using paper towels for cleaning and washing, others are turning to bulk paper towels.
The WAMC reported that in the first quarter of 2018, the average amount of paper towel in the United States dropped 1.5 percent, the lowest annual drop in the paper paper industry since 2004, the report states.
And according to WAMG, the number of households using paper products fell by about 10 percent during the same period.
But despite the challenges facing the paper companies, the paper and packaging industries are struggling to keep up.
The report states that the decline in the industry is due to three main factors: consumers being wary of using paper, consumers being more cautious, and consumers using less paper in their daily lives.
The study also notes that the industry’s recent shift to packaging and other low-cost products has also impacted the paper market.
The paper industry is still reeling from the pandemic and will need to find a way to keep the business afloat, according to Maddow.