Why Toilet Paper Is Only White

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’s looks the same to the eye: white. So how come toilet paper has lost its color
so dramatically? Has it gone pale due to the disturbing things
it has silently witnessed over the years? Well, let me “roll out” some explanation. The first colored TP appeared in the 1950s,
when decorating your bathroom in a single style was a thing. If you imagine a pastel blue toilet, sink,
and bathtub, you’re guessing right, only there were innumerable other options, from
pink to yellow and even black. Black? Floor tiles and walls were, of course, to
match, and so were the typical bathroom utensils. And having a white toilet paper roll hanging
there was a real monstrosity. So toilet paper producers got the idea and
caught up, dyeing their products in all possible colors so that people could complete the image
of their bathrooms. It was a real explosion of colorful TP ideas,
and it didn’t stop at simply painting it this way or that. By the end of the decade, manufacturers invented
see-through packages, which wasn’t a bad idea — you know how what you see in the
ad or on the package often is very different from the actual contents, right? The colors were also added in different ways:
they could be solid or come in various patterns to fit even the savviest customers’ tastes. 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. And there were several reasons for that. Firstly, several studies showed that the dye
used in colored TP can be potentially dangerous, and here’s the rub. Dyes weren’t as strictly regulated 50-70
years ago, so manufacturers could basically add whatever coloring they wanted. Also, no medical implications were thought
of at the time, and dyeing was considered safe by default. But — as time went, more and more evidence
of different threats to public health appeared, and toilet paper producers decided that it
was better to be safe than sorry and flushed the colors. Second reason for the total whitewashing was
that demand was failing, while the costs of production remained the same. People stopped going crazy about pink and
violet bathrooms, opting for more practical and “clean” white look. So naturally, there was no more need to buy
colorful toilet paper either. For manufacturers, on the other hand, it meant
they could cut costs because bleaching the paper is easier and cheaper than buying dyes
and adding them to the product. And thirdly, environmental research also showed
that dyed toilet paper isn’t a good thing. Initially, paper was made from whole wood
pulp, but if you imagine the scale at which it is produced, you won’t be surprised that
conservationists protested this practice. Soon, manufacturers switched to making TP
from recycled paper: it is pressed into a pulp and then undergoes some processes to
end up in your bathroom. Just hanging there. Waiting for an opportunity to be of service. Although it’s better for the environment,
the problem with this recyclable method is that the resulting product receives this unpleasant
grey or brownish tint. When manufacturers tried to give it to customers
without any color adjustments, their sales plopped — no one wanted to buy toilet paper
that looked as if it had been used before (which, to a certain extent, it had). So the choice was to either bleach it like
there’s no tomorrow or dye it in a different hue. Again, bleaching was cheaper, but the colored
bathroom craze had yet to subside, so manufacturers did both. In the end, though, 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 and… all that follows. You can now find colored or patterned toilet
paper only in limited editions. But if you’re not in the US, you’re now
probably thinking I’m talking nonsense. For example, if you come to France, you’ll
see the personal hygiene shelves stacked mostly with pink toilet paper, not white, for your
delicate derriere. You can find an occasional white pack, of
course, but it looks like it’s lost, all alone in the pink ocean. If you’re waiting for an explanation, I’m
sorry — I don’t have one. It seems to be some sort of a traditional
thing, though why a country would choose its national toilet paper color is beyond me. Perhaps it’s all for posterior, I mean posterity. Do you have any idea? Don’t be shy and share in the comments! Other countries have also not wiped out colored
TP altogether. In Germany, you would find different patterns,
and many Eastern European nations also experiment with colors. There’s a simple reason behind that: dyes
have become much safer for both public health and the environment. You know those E-things they add to food to
make it tastier or conserve longer? Well, food colorants are also there, and they’re
considered safe for your health. Paper dye manufacturers took the idea from
there and produced brand new types of dyes that both nicely dissolve in water and won’t
even produce much skin irritation, or any harm if eaten. Oh golly, coming soon to social media: the
toilet paper eating challenge! Turning the other cheek now, there are countries
and traditions, though, that don’t want to have anything with toilet paper at all,
considering it dirty. With apologies to Steven Covey, let’s “Begin
with the End in Mind”, shall we? 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. Warning: this is not a coffee mug. In better hotels and restaurants, as well
as some homes, you’ll find a hose for washing up or a tap-controlled spray that ejects water
under pressure right into the heart of your bottom. It’s best practice to always check the amount
of pressure first, or you could be the next jet pack guy. It’s for that same reason you shouldn’t
ever use your left hand for any personal interaction while in India. Remember the bucket and the mug? Well, with your right hand you hold the mug
with water, while your left hand does the deed of tidying up your tuchus. Naturally, it is considered unclean after
that, so don’t ever shake hands or pass the salt to anyone with your left. Right? By the way, you ever wondered what people
did to clean themselves when toilet paper wasn’t invented yet? Well, water is the first thing that comes
to mind, of course, but that wasn’t it. All kinds of things went in use, but the most
interesting (and by far the craziest by today’s standards) were the Ancient Greeks who used
clay and stones for hygienic purposes. So now you know where the term “roughing
it” originally came from. Ancient Romans went a bit further: they invented
communal bathrooms with long marble benches that had holes in them, and beside those benches
were sticks with sponges attached to them, sitting in a bucket. 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. If you’re wondering, the Latin word for
share is, share. Colonial Americans also had rather resourceful
ways when it came to personal hygiene. Corn was everywhere at the time, so they figured
they could put it to good use once the edible part was gone. But if you think it was those big leaves they
used to wipe themselves, well, they had another idea altogether. Farmers took corn cobs into the bathroom with
them. I guess they felt those things were better
suited for the business. And, that’s the end of talking about the
end. The end. Okay, I think I really need some brainwashing
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100 thoughts on “Why Toilet Paper Is Only White

  1. I from india
    We are using left hand use for ** and right hand use for water, what problam, full clean, മലയാളി ഡാ ❣️✌️

  2. Hello 👋 from Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 !!! I have never seen nor heard of anything other than white bathroom tissue !!! Thanks for the great 👍 information !!! But I really feel bad 😢 for people in the past that only had eaten corn 🌽 cobs and all that other gross stuff you mentioned, available to them !!! I inherited my great grandparents 25 acres of land as it was passed to my grandma then my mom and to me !!! The people here in the mountains have always had sheep 🐑 and from what I had been told from my grandma is that for hundreds of years the sheep’s wool was what they used to wash and dry themselves !!! I still have three water 💦 wells on my farm that never dried up and I get water 💧 from them for all my animals !!! Frequently I drink water 💦 from them too and the taste is kinda sweet and delicious !!! Better than tap or bottled water 💧 !!! Okay , gotta get back to my animals !!! Bye 👋 !!! And thanks again !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

  3. The Flag of France is a large white sheet on the end of a stick to tell the enemy what a pack of wusses they are to why not pink toilet paper? Pink is probably the color that most represents France, little girls in pink tutus!

  4. Good evening sir Bright Side, thank you so much sir for your good video teaching on toilet paper color.

  5. Sweetie, you’re on the internet, a lot. You know that you can still get color tp – ergo it’s still being produced. Dollar stores have them, and so does Amazon….like every color, including rainbow…

  6. Toilet paper does not clean you. Does 85% or so. Ewwww. Gots to use a flushable baby wipe after the paper. Strippers hint hint.

  7. Maybe only white is an American thing but it’s certainly not true in other places around the world. There’s numerous pastel colours available in the uk. The regulations on colourants and their safety are far more strict than in the US. You assume these regulations are the same all over as are the dyes used. For example, food regulations here in the uk does not allow for the percentage of foreign matter in the foods that America’s FDA allow. Additives are regulated here while it’s not as strict in the IS as well.

  8. oh and here I thought it was white for a status check, to help see the 💩 level to indicate if you need to grab more TP or not.

  9. In many cases, the width of the roles has been reduced. I know this is an idea to economize, however I find that it gets all twisted up when it is narrow, not saving paper at all, much less time.

  10. Germs were spread in Italy from the sponges, also India and Islamic Mid East from their fingers and raw hineys from rocks. The Colonial Americans had to have RAW hineys from the corn cobs. Ouch! 😁

  11. Thanks to the Indians who invented toilets 5000 years ago.Thank you, India.👪👪👪👪👨‍👨‍👦‍👦
    Thanks to the Chinese who invented toilet papers in the 6th century. Thank you, China.👨‍👩‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👧👨‍👨‍👦‍👦👩‍👩‍👧‍👦

  12. Not true. I have different colors of toilet paper. Green, pink, black, and purple. And they are scented too 🤓

  13. Save water and paper, and get all the color you desire !
    Use a colorful beach towel instead.
    Mine used to be aqua blue, with gray dolphins and white sailboats.

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