It doesn't matter if you're looking for toilet roll for use in your home or toilet paper in bulk for your workplace. At Avansas, we sell an extensive range of toilet roll, including luxury and recycled products. With next-working-day delivery options available, you can ensure that you, your staff, and your customers are never caught short at the critical moment. Browse our range to find the ones that make the most impact in your workplace with the least impact on the environment.
When was toilet paper invented?
If the empty supermarket shelves during the pandemic were anything to go by, toilet paper is one of the most critical essentials in our daily lives. Advances in the production of domestic and commercial toilet paper roll mean that the 21st Century is a far cry from the moss, cloth, and sticks used by our ancestors. However, what we now consider toilet roll first came into use in the 14th Century in China.
This prototype loo roll was sold across the country, with the most luxurious being made for the Emperor by the Bureau of Imperial Supplies. These sheets of tissue were perfumed, acting as a precursor to some of the more indulgent tissues on the market today.
However, it wasn’t until the 19th Century that something like modern toilet roll was created. While the French had devised the bidet as a hygiene and cleaning solution, it was Joseph Gayetty who originated the first commercially-available toilet paper roll. Sold in packs of 500 sheets, it can be considered the example of toilet paper in bulk.
Gayetty’s product was marketed as ‘Medicated Paper for the Water Closet.’ In a prescient step, his toilet roll was infused with the gel from the leaves of aloe plants which, in addition to providing a lubricant, he suggested could have a beneficial effect on haemorrhoids. Perhaps a prediction of just how vital his creation would become, it was also sold as 'The Greatest Necessity of the Age.' Although medical societies poo-pooed his claims, Gayetty seems to have had an uncanny knack for seeing the future of the humble toilet roll.
The evolution of toilet paper roll
Two-ply toilet paper became available during World War II, developed by the St Andrew's Paper Mill. However, it wasn't until the 1970s that the spotlight fell on comfort as much as practicality. Before then, the pulp used to make the sheets had been squeezed dry of moisture. Procter and gamble pioneered a process that employed air-drying to remove water from the tissue, resulting in an even softer product.
How is toilet paper made?
Today, toilet paper is made by felling hardwood and softwood trees, which are then stripped of their bark. The trees are then cut into logs before being shredded into wood chips, which are then fed into a vast pressure cooker for around three hours. They are heated to remove moisture before being reduced to create wood pulp. Any chemicals used in the cooking process are washed away before bleach is added to give it the traditional white appearance. The pulp is then made into paper, which is dried until it has a moisture content of around 5%. Only then can it be made into sheets and given its convenient perforations before being put onto cardboard rolls and packaged.
How to choose superior quality toilet paper
Whether you're working out which bulk toilet rolls to buy for your office bathroom facilities or in toilets used by your customers, some characteristics separate the wheat from the chaff. While budget might be a driving factor, it's also worth considering these to ensure that you don't receive any avoidable complaints:
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