Sep 19, 2013
We’re bringing this one back from the archives… Originally posted Jul 16, 2009 – “Where did all the colored toilet paper go?”
Think about it for a second – When was the last time you reached for some TP and saw anything but the standard white roll? Probably around the same time tie dyed t-shirts and Birkenstocks were still in style, right?
30 years ago colored toilet paper wasn’t the rarity it is today. Introduced in the 50’s and popular throughout the 70’s, many manufacturers produced a variety of colors including pink, blue, yellow, lilac, tan, and black. Homeowners loved matching the color of their toilet paper to the color of their bathrooms (it was the 70’s after all!). So besides the obvious reason that what was hip in the 70’s isn’t anymore, where did all the colored TP go?
According to the King of Toilet Paper, two major events occurred which hurt sales and thus led to the downfall of the colored toilet paper reign:
- Doctors started warning colored toilet paper could lead to skin irritation. As pretty as we once thought it looked, no one wants to deal with that!
- Ecologists also began warning the dye in the colored toilet paper rolls was harmful to the environment.
With an increased cost of production (it costs more to produce colored than white toilet paper) and a decrease in sales, manufacturers began to produce less and less. Up until 5 years ago (now 9), Scott was one of the last remaining manufactures to still produce our old friend in beige, blue, and pink. However, they have since cut production all together.
RIP Colored Toilet Paper – From the bottoms of our bottoms, we thank you for the service you have provided us over the years. We’ll miss you.