Toilet paper is used by billions of people around the world every day. Most people don’t even think about it unless they run out of it. When did people first start using toilet paper? Well, it is thought that toilet paper was invented in China more than 1400 years ago. It became popular in 1393 when the Imperial Court of the Ming Dynasty ordered 720, 000 sheets to be made. Nowadays, according to the Toilet Paper Encyclopedia, an average person uses about 57 sheets of toilet paper per day. That means one person uses over 20,000 sheets per year. That is a lot of toilet paper! Check your own brand of toilet paper to find out how many rolls that makes.
More than seven billion toilet rolls are sold every year in America alone. About 83 million toilet rolls are made every day. Also about 27,000 trees are cut down every day just to make toilet rolls. Are there any alternatives to toilet paper? Many people in Asian countries use a bidet or a spray hose, so they don’t need to use so much paper.