We all know that feeling when you suddenly run out of toilet paper. Absolute panic kicks in your household, and everyone is figuring out if there are any stores open. If you are living in Japan, this is probably not funny at all, and you luckily have not experienced the no-toilet-paper armageddon. What else is interesting about this one product that millions of people use every day?
When In Need - Adapt!
It was not always paper that was put to use inside the bathroom. Ages before, people used stones, sand, hay, sand, and wool. Even seashells and parts of broken pottery, ouch!
The Exclusive Experience
Coming in different shades of black, red, blue, and green, the Renova three-ply toilet paper is a perfect choice for you. Or at least it is for Beyonce, as she prefers the red Renova paper, which will cost you around $3 per roll. This makes this Portuguese company the world’s most expensive toilet paper manufacturer.
Charmin Monster Toilet Paper
To celebrate World Toilet Paper Day, which happens on August 26, a company called Charmin put up quite a show. For that event, they created a monster of a toilet roll made of 93,000 square meters (1 million square feet) of toilet paper. That is like having a supply of almost 100,000 toilet rolls.
How Much Is That In Trees?
All around the world, we use so much toilet paper every day that it takes almost 30,000 trees to make it. In a single year, that is 10 million trees.
Show Me The Stats!
An average person from the United States of America uses 8.6 sheets of toilet paper every time they go to the bathroom. More than 60% of the people like to use toilet paper to wipe their nose, and around 8% put it to good use when removing make-up. By the age of 80, you will probably throw away 1.5 million sheets of toilet paper down the toilet.
Do You Even Bidet?
In fact, if we take a look at the numbers, most of the people around the world do not use toilet paper as their primary source of the wipe. Around 4 billion people are not using the paper. Mostly because there are no conditions for it, or there is no plumbing at all, but some just like it the other way.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Case Of Johnny Carson
Johnny was joking when he said that there is not enough toilet paper in the stores for everyone. People believed him, and many of them bought a lot of paper as they rushed to the stores. That indeed caused the shortage, and it took the stores weeks to fill up their stock again.
Two Sheet, Or Not Two Sheet?
That is the question indeed: how many layers of paper do you prefer? A commando-styled one-ply, or do you enjoy the bourgeois comfort of a three-ply? Around the world, the number of layers varies, and so does the sheet number. Some multi-layered soft comfort papers can have only up to a few sheets, while some rolls can hold up to a thousand!
Better Safe Than Sorry
In 1393, the same Ming Dynasty ordered 720 thousand sheets of toilet paper for their Imperial Court, with each sheet perfectly cut to 60x90cm (23x35 inches). Huge sheets, if spread out they would cover 67,000 square kilometers (26,000 square miles)!
One emperor, Hong Wu, wanted them perfumed as well.
The First Wipers
The production of paper started in China, so it makes sense that they are responsible for the first sheets of toilet paper. The first use dates way back to the 600s AD, but it was not until the 14th century until the Ming Dynasty started manufacturing the paper for toilet use.
How big was the Carmin huge toilet paper roll?
Charmin created a monster of a toilet roll made of 93,000 square meters (1 million square feet) of toilet paper.
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