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01 May 2012 11:05:49

Toilet rolls

Toilet paper is a soft paper based product tissue paper used to maintain personal hygiene after using the bathroom. It differs in composition somewhat from facial tissue as most modern toilet paper used in the developed world is designed to easily breakdown and decompose in both normal sewers and septic tanks, whereas some other bathroom and facial tissues are not. This is often the course of many a blocked drain and it is essential not to flush away products that will not breakdown quickly.

Most septic tank manufacturers advise against using paper products that are non-septic tank safe and this information is often found on the labels of specialist toilet rolls. Toilet tissue has many different names most of which are well known with some of them being slag terms such as “loo roll” “ bog roll”, “bum wipe”, “bathroom tissue” and many more. Did you know toilet paper has many commercial names too? Jumbo toilet paper, mini jumbo rolls, luxury toilet rolls, 200 sheet rolls, multi flat, bulk pack, interleaved and standard.

Toilet paper comes in many different ply types, ply is the amount of layers to a sheet; there can be one-, two- and three-ply, or even thicker, meaning that it is either a single sheet or two, three sheets placed back-to-back to make it thicker, softer, stronger and more absorbent.

Colour, scents, and embossing may also be added, but fragrances sometimes cause problems for consumers who are allergic to perfumes. The other difference between toilet paper is the width of the toilet roll.

Some rolls are 95mm or more some are less than this so cheap rolls are most commonly “slimmer” than there more expensive counterparts. The other big difference between toilet papers is the distinction between virgin paper (pure pulp) products, which are formed directly from chipped wood, and those made from recycled paper. Most toilet paper, however, whether virgin or recycled, is wrapped around cardboard cylinders.

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