National Toilet Paper Day is celebrated in the USA on August 26th to recognize the importance of toilet paper in modern life.
It is not known who came up with the idea of celebrating National Toilet Paper Day on August 26th, but it has existed in its current form for some time now.
In the United States, until 1857, people used any paper, until businessman Joseph Gayetti came up with the idea to release these products in packs, cut into square leaves, each of them was branded with his name.
The Philadelphia company Scott Paper thought of rolls – but only in 1890. In the 1960s, paper was produced in blue, pink, and green to match bathroom designs. Today, colored (and even black) paper is produced by the Portuguese company Renova, and this is an expensive product!
It is difficult to imagine how humanity lived before the invention of toilet paper, but it skillfully managed with improvised means:
- In ancient Greece, people used stones and clay discs
- In ancient Rome, a sea sponge was used on a stick
- Noble Europeans and monarchs used soft fabric – woolen or silk
- Commoners used everything that was at hand – unnecessary rags, hay, straw, burdock, moss
- The inhabitants of the coasts used shells of sufficient size for hygienic purposes
- The natives of Hawaii used coconut shells
- The first mention of toilet paper in China dates back to 589 AD.
How to take part
Celebrate National Toilet Paper Day with humor by hosting a competition for the best toilet paper costume!
When is National Toilet Paper Day celebrated in 2024?
National Toilet Paper Day is observed on August 26 each year.