Monday, August 3, 2009

Fun Facts About Toilet Paper

The first mention recorded from toilet paper dates back to the year 589 AD in Korea. During the later Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) a Muslim Arab traveler to China in the year 851 AD remarked:

"They (the Chinese) are not careful about cleanliness, and they do not wash themselves with water when they have done their necessities; but they only wipe themselves with paper.

Between 875 and 1317 AD, paper was produced in large sheets for the Emperor's hygiene. The introduction of modern toilet paper in the US is traced to Joseph Gayetty, who unsuccessfully marketed single flat sheets in 1857. By 1867, the Scott brothers (Thomas, Edward and Clarence) began producing perforated paper rolls, as did Seth Wheeler (the patent holder) in 1871. 

Toilet paper is often used for making dresses.

The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets).

The average American uses 50 pounds of toilet paper per year and about eight sheets per trip to the bathroom.

Studies suggest that hanging toilet paper in the “overhand” method reduces usage compared to the “underneath” manner.

Nearly 6 million tons of toilet paper are produced every year in the United States.

1 ply TP is generally cheaper to use. People use about the same amount of sheets but they are actually using less paper because it’s 1 ply, therefore it’s cheaper to use.


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