These 10 Toilet Paper Facts Will Change Your Perception of This Ingenious Invention


You’ve used it every day, but have you ever wondered how toilet paper was created or how do people use toilet paper around the world?

Here’re some interesting facts about this ingenious invention that I bet you didn’t know!

About 70% – 75 % of the world’s population does not use toilet paper
There are about 4 billion people in the world who doesn’t use toilet paper. Wow, that’s a huge amount of non-users. They do not use toilet paper due to the lack of trees, and they would rather not spend a huge amount of money to wipe their behinds, well water is the universal solvent, right?

The average person uses 100 rolls of toilet paper per year (over 20,000 sheets)
Contrary to the previous fact, an average person actually uses that much of toilet rolls per year. Have you wondered how much your mum spends on toilet paper while doing FairPrice shopping each year?

The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China
Its first mention is by official Yan Zhitui in 589 BC, again because the Chinese were ahead of the game when it came to paper manufacturing. Who knew Asians were so innovative?

On the International Space Station, they still use regular toilet paper but it has to be sealed in special containers and compressed
Do not worry about using the loo in space, you’ll still get to use toilet paper in a proper manner: the only flaw is having to store it compressed in special containers.

There is a contest sponsored by Charmin to design and make wedding dresses out of toilet paper. The winner gets $2,000.
Thinking of a way to gather your creative juices? You can now take part in a contest which gives you $2000 if you win in creating a wedding dress with only toilet paper.

There is black coloured toilet paper.
The most expensive toilet paper in the world is from Portuguese brand Renova.  Renova is three-ply, perfumed, costs $3 per roll and comes in several colors including black, red, blue and green.
Fun fact : Kris Jenner uses only the black Renova toilet paper.

If you hang your toilet paper so you can pull it from the bottom, you’re considered more intelligent than someone who pulls it from the top
Who knew the way of pulling toilet paper also determines your intelligence level.

When asked what necessity they would bring to a desert island, 49% of people said toilet paper before food
If you have only three things to bring to a deserted island, which three things will you bring – toilet paper?

Consumers use approximately 8 – 9 sheets of paper per toilet use/
If you’re using 14-15 sheets per use in the toilet, you’re a heavy toilet paper user. Now you know.

Seven percent of Americans steal rolls of toilet paper in hotels or motels
Singaporeans – do you do this too?

Featured Image: Shawn Hempel

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