The price of hardwood pulp, an ingredient in tissues and toilet paper, has surged by about 60 percent since late 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
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At P&G, the purveyor of Charmin toilet paper, Bounty towels, Puffs tissues and Pampers diapers, executives are weighing whether to raise prices on some products in the United States due to higher pulp prices, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.As many as 1,000 rolls of toilet paper can be made from the pulp of one eucalyptus tree.The price of hardwood pulp, an ingredient in tissues and toilet paper, has surged by about 60 percent since late 2016, according to the Pulp and Paper Products Council, which tracks prices based on global customs data.The price of softwood pulp, used in diapers and sanitary pads, jumped by 21 percent during that period.So, while P&G said in June it has avoided raising prices on its products despite higher pulp costs, U.S. consumers shopping at retail stores are still paying more this year for Charmin toilet paper.Similarly, retail prices for Bounty paper towels began rising about six months ago, though retail prices for Puffs tissues have mostly fallen or been flat since the start of the year.
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