Celebrating National Toilet Paper Day

The Evolution of Bathroom Hygiene

Ancient civilizations had ingenious ways of maintaining health and proper hygiene after using the bathroom. In China, the first recorded use of a paper hygiene product can be traced back to the 6th century. By the 14th century, China had started mass producing their early version of paper wipes. Meanwhile, Japan utilized flat pieces of wood similar to our modern tongue depressors, while Greece used pessoi, long ceramic pieces.

In Ancient Rome, public toilets served as the formal washroom facilities. In the absence of modern paper products, Romans favored a tool called a tersorium. This device consisted of a natural sea sponge fastened to the end of a stick. Interestingly, tersoria were often shared, with each individual soaking them in saltwater or vinegar between uses to prevent harmful bacteria growth and infections.

Early Settlers’ Challenges in Canada

It’s easy to forget that there was a time when toilet tissue did not exist in Canada. Early settlers had to rely on creative alternatives such as local leaves, moss, grass, hay, fabric scraps, or even corn cobs when necessary. In some cases, water was used, depending on accessibility. Their solution primarily relied on whatever was readily available and soft enough to get the job done.

It wasn’t until the 18th century with the advent of modern plumbing systems and networks that the use of paper products became possible and ultimately the preferred choice for the global population.

The Rise of Modern Toilet Paper

In the late 18th century, Joseph Gayetty introduced the very first toilet paper made from “aloe-infused sheets of manila hemp” in the United States. Later, in 1890, American brothers Irvin and Clarence Scott refined the concept, creating the toilet paper roll that we know today. They established the Scott Paper Company, which propelled the widespread use of toilet paper. Over time, toilet paper was produced in a variety of colors, from blue to pink, and featured various patterns on the paper itself. Remarkably, the inaugural sale of toilet paper on a roll took place on August 26, giving birth to what we now celebrate as National Toilet Paper Day.

In Canada, by the 19th and early 20th century, toilet paper became increasingly accessible throughout the country, with numerous brands and manufacturers emerging.

Ensuring Access to Toilet Paper

Today, access to personal hygiene products is considered a basic human right. However, many Canadians still lack regular access to toilet paper. Recognizing this critical need, Bunzl Canada has partnered with local food banks and valued vendors to highlight and address the issue while preparing for National Toilet Paper Day on August 26, 2023. As part of the initiative, Bunzl Canada will donate REGARD and DuraPlus brand toilet tissue to expand its impact. Additionally, Essity, Kruger, and Kimberly-Clark have committed substantial quantities of toilet tissue for donation. In total, a collective contribution of 27,000 rolls of toilet tissue will be distributed to food banks across Canada ahead of National Toilet Paper Day.

To find out how individuals and businesses can help reduce food insecurity and contribute to the provision of essential items, please contact your local food bank.

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