I work in a workshop, and share toilets with 25+ workers. When they dispense paper towels the roll keeps spinning and some paper towel is wasted when it falls to the floor (5 or 6 squares at a time). So, we need to buy paper towels a lot to keep in stock.

I was planning to use a spring to hold a metallic piece against the paper towel to keep it from spinning out of control, but I am not sure because this isn't so original and may be a bad idea.

How can I decrease the waste of paper towels in the bathroom? (Without Electricity!)

toilet paper This is very bad :(

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    Buy a paper towel dispenser. It's a tool designed for this problem. – gunr2171 Sep 2 '15 at 15:06
  • buy higher quality paper towels so people don't need to use as much – CRABOLO Sep 2 '15 at 18:06
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    There must be like a thousand of different paper towel dispensers not needing any electricity, Why lifehack it when it only costs a few bucks ? By the way, it looks like you're using regular paper towel in the toilets, be aware this might be more prone to clogging your toilets than usual toilet paper which dissolve much faster in the water. – Laurent S. Sep 3 '15 at 8:35
  • @LaurentS. I know the thousand types are available, but I didn't buy this. If I find a good solution with using this, I would be more happy. By the way, we are not using paper towels, we have toilet papers to do so. The place is far from closets. – Bay Sep 3 '15 at 11:56
  • First aid would be to wrap an elastic around the rod to provide some friction, then investigate rubber tubes and superior products. – KalleMP Sep 5 '15 at 18:34

This has a built-in tension spring to get around just this problem. As you can see from the image below, the disk on the side of the roll adds tension and keeps the roll from spinning endlessly.

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  • Seems like this would work – LOSTinNEWYORK Sep 18 '15 at 16:02

Me and my friend have been found a solution. The way is very basic and economical. The plastic spare is a part of 19LT water bottle. With only 8 screws, we can bring three woods together and put some glue for making strong each other. Now, nobody can hold lots of towel, it is limited by the plastic part.

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