When did we start using toilet paper?

May 2021

Did you know that the first use of paper for wiping was documented as early as 589 AD!

Paper was used in bathrooms in China throughout the 14th century, although usually reserved for the super-rich.
There’s even evidence to suggest that China was manufacturing millions of sheets a year!

This early paper was made in a similar way to how it’s made today – by extracting pulp from plant fibres. For those with even more money to spend, material like silk was also used.

Imagine that… a roll of silk kept beside the toilet.

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