Toilet paper . Thin paper used for anal and genital cleansing after the act of defecation or urination .
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Before the invention of the paper : toilet various materials were used lettuce , rags , skins , grass , leaves of coconut or corn . The ancient Greeks cleaned themselves with pieces of clay and stones , while the Romans used sponges tied to a stick and soaked in salt water .
For their part, the Inuit opted for moss in summer and snow in winter , and for people from coastal areas the solution came from seashells and algae . The ancient Romans used the propertied classes wool well soaked in water of roses , while French royalty used no less than lace and silks . Hemp leaf was the most international of materials used by the rich and powerful.
The first to create and use toilet paper were the Chinese, who in the 2nd century BC already designed a paper whose main use was intimate toilet. Several centuries later back in the 16th century , Chinese sheets of paper stood out for their large size (half a meter wide by 90 centimeters high). These sheets were undoubtedly in keeping with the hierarchical position of their users: the emperors themselves and their courtiers.
Joseph C. Gayetty was the first to market toilet paper back in 1857 . The original product consisted of sheets of paper moistened with aloe , called “Gayetty’s medicinal paper”, a real luxury for the most hedonistic. The new product, prohibitively priced, was marketed under a visionary slogan: “The greatest need of our era, Gayetty’s medicinal paper for the bathroom.”
In 1880 the brothers Edward and Clarence Scott begin to commercialize the rolled paper that we know today. A presentation in society full of obstacles given the many taboos surrounding the new product. At the time it was considered immoral and pernicious for paper to be displayed in stores in full view of the general public.
But the paper of the origins was not the soft and absorbent product of our days. In 1935 an improved toilet paper was launched under the claim of “chip free paper”. This makes us deduce that the habitual thing of the time was that the toilet paper counted on some other impurity.
For the preparation of the paper toilet used fiber source plant , which may be virgin or recycled. This fiber is mixed with chemicals and water to form a paste. This paste is passed through a press that removes any excess water, crushes it and forms a wet sheet. Then it goes through a large hot tube and a dryer . When dry, it goes through a treatment to improve its quality. Once this is done, the paper is decorated and rolled into a large cylinder. Then it goes to a device that marks it horizontally with small cuts every 10 centimeters, approximately. Finally rolled into long cardboard tubes and these are cut depending on the size established to form the known rolls.
The paper toilet as we know it today has experienced great development over the nearly 140 years that have elapsed since its invention. Added to the double layer of the paper (incorporated in 1942 ) are cutting-edge technologies that provide greater softness and absorption (such as UCTAD, developed and patented by Kimberly-Clark ). The latest product innovation involves incorporating shea lotion , a natural fruit with renowned cosmetic properties.
If a product reviled and sold discreetly in the back room, the toilet paper has become the star of catwalks of fashion , fine art and delicate work of origami . Renowned plastic artists such as Christo, Anastassia Elias or Yuken Teruya have used toilet paper as material for their works. In the field of fashion, the Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest is celebrated, which each year brings together in the United States the most original proposals for bridal gowns made with toilet paper