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Treeless Loo Roll

Updated on September 12, 2012

Treat your bottom to a product that doesn't cost the earth!

The worlds population is about to hit 7 billion! Each of these people goes to the bathroom at least twice a day. Millions of those people use toilet paper so just imagine how much we must get through, imagine how many trees have to be chopped down to enable that to happen?

Apparently it takes over 300 trees to make the loo roll that one person would use over their lifetime. That's one hell of a number of trees for the millions of people that use loo roll.

I've discovered an eco friendly alternative and I want to share it with you as its brilliant and not a tree is harmed!

Kleenap® Loo Roll

Kleenap® Loo Roll is 100% tree free! The rolls are actually made from Bagasse, which is a sugarcane waste. The sheets are soft and strong and the core is made from 100% cellulose fibre.

Bagasse is the stuff thats left over after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juice.

Bagasse is used for numerous paper products as well as biofuel.

History of loo roll

I can't really imagine living without loo roll and most of us take it completely for granted. But who invented the commercial loo roll as we know it?

Historically the first modern toilet paper was made in 1391, when it was created for the needs of the Chinese Emperor family. Each sheet of toilet paper was even perfumed. That was toilet paper as we have come to think of it.

In the late fifteenth century, paper became widely available. However, mass manufacturing of modern toilet paper began in the late 19th century.

Joseph C. Gayetty created the first commercially packaged toilet paper in 1857. His toilet papers were loose, flat, sheets of paper. Joseph founded The Gayetty Firm for toilet paper production in New Jersey and his first factory-made toilet paper was "The Therapeutic Paper”. This first toilet paper in flat sheets was medicated with aloe. Gayetty named it “Gayetty’s Medicated Paper.” Joseph Gayetty printed his name on every sheet. Unfortunately, this invention failed.

Thomas Seymour, Edward Irvin and Clarence Wood Scott began selling some kind of toilet paper in Philadelphia in 1867. In 1879, Scott brothers founded the Scott Paper Company. The Scott Paper Company's toilet paper was the first toilet paper sold in rolls. In 1890 the Scott Paper Company made its Waldorf brand toilet paper in rolls.

In 1871, Zeth Wheeler patents rolled and perforated toilet paper. In 1877 he founded the Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company. In 1897, company began selling and marketing standard perforated toilet paper on a roll.

In 1879, Walter Alcock, a British businessman, created toilet paper on a roll, too. He was the first that used the perforated toilet roll instead of the common flat sheets.

In 1880 the British Perforated Paper Company began selling toilet paper. That toilet paper was sold in boxes of individual squares.

In 1885 Oliver Hewlett Hicks patented package of toilet paper and the manufacturing process.

In 1896, Irvin's son Arthur Scott joined the Scott Paper Company. In 1921 Waldorf brand represented 64% of Scott's total case sales. Company became the leading toilet paper company in the world.

In 1928, German, Hans Klenk become the first toilet paper rolls seller in Europe.

In 1942 toilet paper becomes softer, St. Andrew's Paper Mill in England began selling the first two-ply toilet paper. Today two-ply toilet paper is the standard in many countries.

In 1935 Northern Tissue invented splinter free toilet paper.

In 1973, America experienced first toilet paper shortage. In December 1973 after one of Carson’s jokes (Johnny Carson, one of America’s most loved comedians) scared consumers into stockpiling supplies.

At the time, people did not speak of the toilet paper frequently. In conservative era it was 'unmentionable" to talk about this product. However, people had a desire for better hygiene and toilet paper slowly fit into the consumer market.

Today the manufacture of toilet paper is a large industry. The modern toilet paper has definitely made life much easier and more hygienic for us all.

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      EcoPottiJo 5 years ago

      @Terrie_Schultz: Thanks for visiting and your comments:) I have no idea if its available in the USA. It should be shouldn't it or at least some paper alternative loo roll .

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Great lens! I always buy recycled toilet paper. I don't think we have the kind made from sugarcane waste here in the US, at least I've never seen it. I wish they did, it sounds like a great idea. Loved the cat video!

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      EcoPottiJo 5 years ago

      @kateclough lm: Thanks for your comments and visiting my lens

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      kateclough lm 5 years ago

      You've managed to make a pretty boring and serious subject not only fun and humorous but informative! Nice balance.