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Happy Thomas Crapper Day!

Jan 27, 2014

A little history lesson for all you curious readers out there… Straight from the world-famous Toilet Paper Encyclopedia:

Just who was Thomas Crapper, and why do we celebrate him today? Well it all begins with the toilet…

thomas crapperSo who actually invented the flushing toilet?
The flushing toilet was invented in 1596. Most people believe it was invented by Sir Thomas Crapper, however, its actual inventor was Sir John Harington. Harinton, a British nobleman and godson of Queen Elizabeth I, invented a valve that when pulled would release water from a water closet. Sir John recommended flushing the toilet once or twice a day, although with our modern technology, we know that is probably not sufficient.

Did Thomas Crapper invent the modern toilet?
Well, no. Although from 1861 to 1904 Crapper did have a successful career in the plumbing industry, holding nine patents for plumbing-related products in England, he did not invent the toilet. Albert Giblin holds the 1819 British Patent for the Silent Valvless Water Waste Preventer, a system that allowed a toilet to flush effectively. Gilbin worked for Crapper as an employee and the most likely scenario is that Crapper bought the patent rights from Giblin and marketed the device himself.

Top 10 Toilet Paper Facts

Dec 3, 2013

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Straight from the world-famous Toilet Paper Encyclopedia:

1) Which toilet paper is best for septic systems, recreational vehicles and boats? All toilet paper today breaks down well in the septic system. However, thinner is better. 1 ply bath tissue will break down easier and faster. We recommend Snow Lily 1ply Bath Tissue 

2) What are the most popular themes of custom toilet paper? Sudoku, Money, Camouflage, Glow in the Dark.

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3) How much time does a person spend on the toilet over a lifetime? According to various studies, the average person spends 3 years on the toilet over the course of a lifetime!

4) How many days does the standard roll of toilet paper last in a household bathroom? According to Charmin customers, the number of days a standard roll of bath tissue usually lasts in the most-used bathrooms in the house is five.

5) What is the average number of toilet tissue sheets a person uses in one day? On average, consumers use 8.6 sheets per trip – a total of 57 sheets per day. That’s an annual total of 20,805 sheets!

6) How does recycled toilet paper compare to regular rolls? Thanks to technological advancements, certain brands of recycled toilet paper are just as soft and comfortable as those made from traditional virgin-fiber wood. In many cases, customers can’t even tell the difference between the two.

7) What is a jumbo roll? Toilet paper is now being made on jumbo toilet paper rolls (1,500 sheets per roll) and they require special larger dispensers. These rolls are used in industrial and public bathrooms and are convenient because a larger roll means less changing and less “running out”. This is a very convenient way to save time and money.

8) What is “wet-strength”? Normally, paper loses most of its strength when saturated with water. A toilet tissue that retains more than 15% of its dry-strength when completely saturated with water may be correctly referred to as “wet-strength paper”. (Etherington & Roberts)

9) What makes toilet paper soft? During the drying process, the toilet paper sheet is adhered to one large steel cylinder to dry and is then scraped (or “creped” off) by a metal blade. “Creping” imparts flexibility and stretch into the sheet, while lowering the strength and density, resulting in soft tissue products. (Georgia-Pacific)

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10) How munch tissue/tissue products are produced each year? According to the American Forest & Paper Association, approximately 5.8 million tons of tissue grades, consisting of toilet and facial tissue, paper napkins, towels, diapers, and various sanitary products are produced in the US annually. In 1992, approximately 3.5 million tons of scrap paper was used to manufacture these products.


The Toilet Paper Encyclopedia

Aug 22, 2013

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Established in 2001, the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia is the pride and joy of!

There you will find a wealth of important, fun, and historical information about one of the world’s most important products – toilet paper!

The Toilet Paper Encyclopedia will answer historical questions ranging from the first inventor of toilet tissue, to how it is used in other countries, to the impact of toilet paper on the environment. We also have sections for funny stories, one-linerssurveys, DIY tutorials, and information regarding top manufacturers.

The new & improved Toilet Paper Encyclopedia

Aug 21, 2009

Toilet Paper EncyclopediaIf you’ve visited our resource site recently, the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia, you may have noticed some changes and additions around the site. As with any encyclopedia, maintaining up-to-date and accurate information is key, and the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia is no exception.

We’ve added updates all around, including the addition of detailed environmental information, two new manufacturers (Marcal and SCA), and an “In the News” section highlighting some of our proudest moments with the Encyclopedia.

Take a look around and as always, if you have questions on anything you see or would like to see, please shoot us an email here.  In case its not obvious yet, we looove talking about toilet paper.  Thanks to everyone who has visited The Toilet Paper Encyclopedia over the years and has helped make it a huge success.  We couldn’t be prouder.

Keep on rolling!

Washington Post Shares History of Toilet Paper

Jun 5, 2009

At, we have a passion for toilet paper, as well as this product’s interesting history. In a recent article in the Washington Post, reporters described the unique and sometimes uncomfortable history of toilet paper. Some highlights include:

  • The first recorded use of toilet paper appears to have occurred in China around A.D. 851. After that, nothing much was written about the practice until the 14th century rolled around. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) special sheets of toilet tissue were fashioned for the imperial court.

  • While Chinese royalty was lucky, there were many alternative methods to using toilet paper which made themselves known around the world. Some favorites include: pages from books, newspapers, grass, hay, perfumed wool, saltwater soaked sponges, corn cobs, lace, leaves, and the frayed ends of old anchor cable.

  • TP finally came on the scene in 1857, when Joseph Gayetty sold medicated paper packages. Though this didn’t quite catch on, it did set the stage for a company we now know and love: Scott. In 1890, Scott Co. came out with the first edition of household toilet paper, which has since developed into the soft sheets we now know today.

To learn more about the unique history of toilet paper, be sure to check out’s official Toilet Paper Encyclopedia.

The Toilet Paper Encyclopedia

Jun 3, 2009

When my father launched in 2001, a PR company suggested he write a short history of toilet paper as a marketing ploy….well, the King of Toilet Paper doesn’t take his top product lightly.

This short blurb turned into a much bigger deal. From history dating back to ancient China, to detailed descriptions and comparisons of the ttoilet paper encyclopediaop toilet paper manufacturers, to funny stories about this bathroom supply, more and more information was added. Finally it grew so large, it needed to be hosted on it’s own separate website- hence the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia was born.

There is a TON of great information on this site. Whether you’re doing research for a project or just filling up some spare time in between trips to the throne, check it out. See something you think is interesting that’s not on the site or have questions about anything toilet paper? Shoot my dad, Kenn, an email here. He loves to talk about TP. You can only imagine what bring your dad to school day was like for me growing up….


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