As many as a third of Americans use a paper towel and most Americans will have a folding paper towel by the time they are in their late 40s or 50s, according to a new survey.
The poll found that the majority of Americans who use paper towels are men, and nearly one-third of them are women.
The survey, conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University at Buffalo, asked 1,000 Americans a series of questions about the paper towels they use.
About 60 percent of respondents who use a folding towel said they do it for cleaning and that it comes in a box or can be folded into a paper bag.
About 30 percent of people who use folding paper towels say they fold it in a plastic bag or wrap it around their body.
About 20 percent of the respondents said they fold the paper towel into a sheet of paper and fold it again into a cloth bag.
The remaining 15 percent said they use a folded paper towel as a wrapping material.
The majority of respondents also said that the paper is soft enough to fold into a pocket or bag for storing or storing away.
A survey in 2012 by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that just 6 percent of Americans believe the paper should be folded for cleaning.
The survey of 1,003 people in September found that 70 percent of men and 60 percent that are women believe that paper towels come in a paper sack or folded into paper bags.
The poll also found that almost half of Americans said that paper towel companies have been slow to improve their products, including folding paper.
Nearly half said that most papers that are made in the United States are made with a plastic or polyester material, and that many are made without a paper label, the poll found.
The same survey found that 57 percent of U.S. households don’t know if they can use the plastic or paper towels.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.