That’s Why Toilet Paper Is White

Toilet Paper

First, how toilet paper it’s made? TP is made from cellulose fibers from recycled paper or trees. The fibers are mixed with water to make pulp. Raw toilet paper starts as wood pulp like all other kinds of paper.

The wood pulp is then bleached with either chlorine or hydrogen peroxide to make it whiter. This process makes it whiter but also removes a substance called lignin, making the paper softer.

Cellulose fibers are naturally white and the bleaching process, as mentioned earlier, makes what eventually becomes toilet paper even whiter. Also, when toilet paper is made from recycled paper or office waste, this paper is usually white anyway.

One curious thing, though: unbleached and recycled fibers can also make quality toilet paper as well, and that means it doesn’t necessarily have to be white. So the white color of toilet paper is more conventional than useful because it doesn’t have to be white to be soft and comfortable.

In case you’re thinking, colored toilet paper was fashionable in the 1950s but the fad ultimately went away.

Jessica Carette, a chemist and the Innovation Manager of Research and Development for the Cascades Tissue Group, says that most TP in the U.S. is white because that’s the choice of the consumers.

In Europe and South America, however, it’s normal to see toilet paper in a combination of colors, including black.

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