Why Toilet Paper Is Only White
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Why Toilet Paper Is Only White

Let’s consider bathroom tissue if you will. C’mon it’ll be fun. Ther’s all kinds: embossed, three-ply, six-ply, scented — you name it. But whatever it is to the touch or sniff, it looks the same to the eye: white. So how come toilet paper has lost its color so dramatically?

The first colored TP appeared in the 1950s, when decorating your bathroom in a single style was a thing. Toilet paper producers started dyeing their products in all possible colors so that people could complete the image of their bathrooms. The popularity of colored toilet paper reached its peak by 1970s, but sometime around the 1980s, personal hygiene shelves became gradually whiter, and by 2004 all color disappeared completely…

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Was colored toilet paper dangerous? 2:01
What was better for the environment 3:04
National toilet paper color of France 4:37
Toilet paper VS. a bucket and a mug 6:17
Clay and stones instead of toilet paper?! ? 7:25
Reusable sponges ? 7:54
… and corn cobs ? 8:22

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– Several studies showed that the dye used in colored TP can be potentially dangerous. Dyes weren’t as strictly regulated 50-70 years ago, so manufacturers could basically add whatever coloring they wanted.
– Demand was failing, while the costs of production remained the same. People stopped going crazy about pink and violet bathrooms, opting for the more practical and “clean” white look.
– Environmental research also showed that dyed toilet paper isn’t a good thing.
– It turned out that dyed paper is slower to decompose in nature and is more difficult to dissolve in water. Basically, every time you flush down some amount of dyed TP, you face the risk of clogging the plumbing.
– If you come to France, you’ll see the personal hygiene shelves stacked mostly with pink toilet paper, not white, for your delicate derriere.
– In Germany, you would find different patterns, and many Eastern European nations also experiment with colors.
– There are countries and traditions, though, that don’t want to have anything with toilet paper at all, considering it dirty.
– In India, for example, you probably won’t find TP in any stores because it’s not in their tradition. Instead of wiping yourself, you’re expected to use a bucket and a mug that are put there inside the bathroom for your comfort.
– The most interesting (and by far the craziest by today’s standards) were the Ancient Greeks who used clay and stones for hygienic purposes.
– When Romans finished their business, they took the stick and washed themselves… returning it to the water bucket afterwards. And yes, the sponges were reusable.
– Colonial Americans also had rather resourceful ways when it came to personal hygiene.
– Farmers took corn cobs into the bathroom with them. I guess they felt those things were better suited for the business.

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