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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.


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