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Toilet Paper Facts

What is the difference between 1 ply and 2 ply?
Traditionally, 1 ply toilet paper means it is one layer of paper, and 2 ply means it is 2 layers of paper. In the past, 2 ply toilet paper was always thicker and usually assumed to be better. However, now many toilet papers are made of only 1 layer of paper, yet may be thicker and stronger than 2 layers.

Which is cheapest, 1 or 2 ply?
1 ply 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. The price of a roll of 1 ply (1,000 sheets per roll) is usually a bit more then rolls of 2 ply (500 sheets per roll). But there is twice the amount of useful sheets on a roll of 1 ply. Also, it depends who is using it! That is why you hear, ‘one ply lasts longer!’.

Is there a pre-moistened toilet paper?
Yes. Kimberly-Clark announced on January 16, 2001, the launch of Cottonelle Fresh™ Rollwipes – America’s first and only dispersible, pre-moistened wipe on a roll. Since then, many companies have introduced pre moistened toilet paper that resembles baby wipes but are targeted towards adults.

What is the best way to buy toilet paper?
In our unbiased (ahem) opinion, the best way to buy toilet paper is by the case from We sell the industrial full-sized rolls. It is the product you just do not want to run out of. You might find that on any given day there is a special price offer on a special toilet paper at your grocery store. But be careful! How many sheets on a roll? Don’t get fooled! Is it the quality you like? Get a case and tuck it away. You will be happy you did. You’ll never run out.

What is the size of a sheet of toilet paper?
This is important. The size of a sheet of toilet paper may vary from one manufacturer to another. The standard size is 4.5″ x 4.5″. However, in the last 10 years manufacturers have come out with “cheater sheets”. These can run as small as 4″ x 3.8″! This means about 15% less paper. So don’t be confused by the advertisement that says “our roll of toilet paper is the cheapest”. It may be that theirs has less sheets and smaller size sheets.

How many sheets are on a roll?
Traditionally, industrial rolls of toilet paper have 1,000 per roll of one ply and 500 per roll of two ply. Recently manufacturers are making jumbo size rolls with 2,000 sheets. These require special large dispensers and are good for public use bathrooms because they last longer. However, the consumer market has many different size rolls. Some rolls only have 200 sheets! Some of the sheets are smaller than the standard industrial size of 4.5″ x4.5″. I’ve seen sheets as small as 4’x 3.8″. Be careful. Small rolls have to be changed more often and generally do not cost less. Don’t get fooled!.

Which toilet paper is the best?
This is a very difficult questions- the best can be defined by the softest, strongest or most absorbent. New technologies are making tissue softer by blowing air into the manufacturing process and ‘puffing’ up the tissue. This is nice but you also need “wet strength,” meaning how well the toilet paper will hold up when wet. By adding chemicals to the process a tissue becomes stronger and will not just fall apart when it hits water. This is of course important but this wet strength element takes away the softness feature. So a good combination is what the manufacturer tries to achieve. You are the decision maker.

But for your information, Cottonelle is on the rolls at the Toilet Paper World Headquarters.

How many rolls are in a case?
This varies. 96 rolls are in most of the industrial size cases. Half size cases are more convenient for storage, 48 rolls per case. Sometimes there are 24 rolls per case. Today there are all sorts of bulk pack sizes available. Just be sure to look at how many sheets there are on the roll.

Which toilet paper is best for septic systems, recreational vehicles and boats?
All toilet papers today break down well in the septic system. However, thinner is better. 1 ply will break down easier and is best in recreational vehicles and boats.

What is a jumbo roll?
Toilet paper is now being made on jumbo toilet paper rolls (1,000- 2,000 feet per roll ). This is for the industrial and public bathroom. A larger roll means less changing and less ‘running out’. They require special jumbo toilet paper dispensers. This is a very convenient way to save time and money.

What else is toilet paper used for?
Packaging material, eyeglass wiping, nose care, hair-do’s, make-up remover, toilet seat covers, industrial wipers (tp is very absorbent ).

Who are the major manufacturers in the US?
Kimberly Clark, Georgia Pacific, Fort James, Marcal, Procter & Gamble.

How was toilet paper used in the Desert Storm War?
The military used toilet paper to camouflage their tanks in Saudi Arabia, during the Desert Storm War.

What is the “Toilet Paper Tax”?
In 1996, President Clinton passed a law on toilet paper, taxing each roll 6 cents and increasing the price of the product to 30 cents per roll. The price of toilet paper has not been this costly since the Desert Storm War in 1990.

What is “tissue”?
Tissue is a general term indicating a class of papers of characteristic gauzy texture, in some cases, 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 are softness, strength, and freedom from lint. There are also waxing, wrapping, and miscellaneous non-sanitary grades.

The pentagon uses…?
“The pentagon uses, on average, about 666 rolls of toilet paper every day.”

How much tissue/tissue products are produced each year?
Approximately 5.8 million tons of tissue grades, consisting of toilet and facial tissue, paper napkins, towels, diapers, and various other sanitary products are produced in the U.S. annually. In 1992, approximately 3.5 million tons of scrap paper was used to manufacture these products. (Ame. Forest and Paper Association)

General Paper Facts
By Recycling 1 ton of paper you save:
– 17 trees 6953 gallons of water
– 463 gallons of oil
– 587 pounds of air pollution
– 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space
– 4077 Kilowatt hours of energy

How much does the average roll of toilet paper weigh?
The average roll weighs 227 grams, including the cardboard core tube. This is just over half of a pound.

What are the measurements of a standard sheet of toilet paper?
The measurements are 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches per sheet

What does it mean for toilet paper to be “hypoallergenic”?
When toilet paper is “hypoallergenic”, it means that it is unlikely that this particular product will cause an allergic reaction and contains no inks, dyes, or perfumes.

How is toilet paper ranked in popularity among mass merchandisers?
Across the food, drug and mass merchandiser outlets, bathroom tissue is ranked third among all non-food product categories. (Bathroom Tissue State of the Category)
*Mass merchandisers, in particular, have aggressively promoted larger package sizes of leading premium brands to capture a share of the $4.1 billion bath tissue category. (Bathroom Tissue State of the Category)

How many days does the standard roll of toilet paper last in a household bathroom?
The number of days a standard roll of bath tissue usually lasts in the most-used bathrooms in the house is five, according to Charmin customers.

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. (Charmin)

What is wet-strength?
Normally, paper loses most of its strength when saturated with water, and one which retains more than 15% of its dry-strength when completely saturated with water may be correctly referred to as “wet-strength paper”. (Etherington & Roberts)

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)

How does tissue texture make a difference in cleanliness?
Kleenex Cottonelle– “cushy ripple” tissue, a product designed to enhance the clean, fresh feeling

It is said the texture is the result of the patented technology that dries the tissue during the manufacturing process without compressing or embossing it. “This method, designed to clean better, permits the tissue to hold its rippled shape when wet,” it added. (Kimberly-Clark)