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The real reason why toilet paper is white

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The real reason why toilet paper is white

June 06, 2019 - 20:27
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NEW YORK, June 6, 2019 (Other news source) -Toilet paper has a critical job. Although it’s an essential bathroom item, thinking about it usually starts and ends with needing to buy or use some. Meanwhile, people spend hours looking for the perfect towel or shower curtain colors for their bathroom—but toilet paper is just plain white. So what got the white toilet paper trend rolling? Maybe these creative toilet paper holders were an inspiration.

How is toilet paper made?

First, it’s important to understand how to make toilet paper. Toilet paper is made from cellulose fibers that come either directly from trees or recycled paper, according to Jessica Carette, a chemist and Innovation Manager of Research and Development for the Cascades Tissue Group. The fibers mix with water to make pulp. Toilet paper creation comes in two basic parts: making the raw paper, and converting it to the end product you buy in the store, explains David Altemir, a consultant who works with toilet paper manufacturing plants in the United States. “The raw paper starts as wood pulp just as any other type of paper,” he says. Brands bleach wood pulp with hydrogen peroxide or chlorine to make it whiter. This bleaching process is more than aesthetic—it removes the substance lignin, too, softening the paper, according to Altemir.

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