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Where did all the colored toilet paper go?

Jul 16, 2009

RIP Pink Toilet Paper, Cherished Friend, Companion, and Always There When You Needed It Most; 1950-?

RIP Pink Toilet Paper, Cherished Friend, Companion, and Always There When You Needed It Most; 1950-?

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, 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.

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111 Responses to “Where did all the colored toilet paper go?”

  1. Miller Katherine - October 1st, 2013 at 1:34 am

    A very interesting article. I haven’t used much of colored toilet paper. Somehow my parents did not encourage us to use them, since they were worried about the colors used. But once I saw them at a friends place and even flicked some of them:)

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  4. adam polise - December 29th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Why Red. It seems as if red would leave to much room for error.

  5. Ken - January 21st, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    My mom remembers colored toilet paper in lilac sold at Macy’s in NYC. I heard it Scott colored paper was going out, so my grocery ordered me 12 boxes 2 years age….yes about 1,200 rolls of pink, blue, beige, and green in the garage. Now I have hoarded facial tissue from Kleenex in the same colors as I fear that product’s days are limited…just got 40 more boxes today…up to 100! Now 64 and have used it for over 60 years…not a health problem in sight. Who would have thought we’d has less choices in 2014 than 1954? My bathrooms look super.

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  7. Bill - April 14th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I like coloring it myself

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