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Toilet Paper : In The Making

Updated on July 5, 2017

What is Toilet Paper?

Definition found in the Dictionary;

Paper in sheets or on a roll, for wiping oneself clean after urination or defecation.

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How it is Made

Trees get chopped down, Once that has been done they are sent to the mill the trees are then debarked. This process is when the outermost layer of the tree is removed. Once trees have been debarked they are then put into uniform sizes of 1x1/4 inch. They will take these and begin to pulp them. Once done the bach of wood chips will weigh in at about 50 tons. This 50 ton batch of wood chips will then be mixed with 10,000 gallons of cooking chemicals. The mixture is put into a 60ft pressure cooker. The cooking process will take roughly 3 hours to be completed. Since wood chips are about 50% moisture, once the cooking process is finished, the wood chips will go down to 25 tons in weight. Out of the 25 tons about 15 tons will be usable. This pulp will be put into a washer to clean out as much of the chemicals as possible. During the wash a liquid called Black Liquor is separated from the pulp. This is saved and used in the next process. The pulp is then transferred to a bleach plant where they remove the color from the fiber. Next The pulp is mixed with water to produce paper stock. This is a mixture that is 99.5% water and 0.5% fiber. This product is sprayed between moving mesh screens, so that the water can drain. This produces an 18-ft (5.5-m) wide sheet of matted fiber at a rate of up to 6,500 ft (1981 m) per minute. This is then taken to a large heated cylinder. This is used to press and dry the paper. Once completed the water content will be dropped down to 5% . The will take this pressed paper and crepe it. This will give it a slight wrinkled look and make it soft. This finished product will be put onto converting machines that will wrap it around cardboard tubing forming large paper logs, these logs will then be cut up into even section and wrapped. This is the completed stage and they will be sent to stores to be shelved.


Above is a photo of a standard role of toilet paper.
Above is a photo of a standard role of toilet paper. | Source

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