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What is Toilet Tissue?

Nov 30, 2009

Toilet Tissue vs. Toilet Paper vs. Bathroom Tissue – What’s the difference?

Can you tell the difference between these two?

Can you tell the difference between these two?

Simply put – Toilet Tissue is a general phrase which means the exact same thing as toilet paper, bathroom tissue, TP, etc.  Manufacturers often use this phrase on their packaging because the term sounds friendlier, more luxurious, softer, and more upscale than plain old toilet paper (Translation: Costumers are subconsciously more apt to purchase these products because they are soothed by this term.)

Tissue, on the other hand, is a general term indicating a class of papers of characteristic gauzy texture, and in some cases, is fairly transparent.  Tissue papers are made on any type of paper machine, from any type of pulp, including reclaimed paper stock. They may be glazed, unglazed, or creped, and are used for a variety of purposes. Examples are primarily sanitary grades such as toilet, facial, napkin, toweling, wipes, and special sanitary papers. Desirable characteristics of tissue are softness, strength, and freedom from lint. There are also waxing, wrapping, and miscellaneous non-sanitary grades.

So there you have it – toilet paper and toilet tissue are the same thing, while plain tissue it different and serves different purposes.  I hope this helps explain any confusion!  If you have any doubts or unanswered thoughts, please to hesitate to ask ask me here.

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One Response to “What is Toilet Tissue?”

  1. Leah@Packaging Machines - September 16th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    It really does feel like tissue paper as opposed to toilet paper. Think how easily the first one can tear!

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