The Empty Loo Roll!

Oops... no toilet tissue!

Oops… no toilet tissue!

Getting up in the early hours of the morning to go to the loo, realising that the roll had run out, the last thing you would expect to come to mind is a blog posting about the humble toilet roll. After waking up again at the proper hour, the thought was still with me. So, out of curiosity, I decided to do a little digging into the origins of toilet tissue.

What did I find out? Surprisingly, quite a lot. Here’s a link if you’re interested in the history. From the Chinese first using paper in 50BC to the 21st Century, mankind has been quite innovative when it comes to the every day function of going to the toilet.

Methods such as cleansing with a sponge on the end of a stick (Roman times), to cleansing with just water, to using bamboo, paper, corn on the cob husks, leaves, linen & cotton rags to the paper of the Old Farmer’s Almanac and Sears Catalogue, were all styles and materials used over the centuries.

The first flushing toilet was invented in 1596 by Sir John Harrington, the Godson of Queen Elizabeth 1. Toilet paper was first commercially produced in 1857. Over the years, companies specialising in the production have developed the product to be soft, strong and hygienic. Today, with technology available to us, we also have paperless toilets.  Where there is a need, there is invention and ultimately design meets function.

When it comes to the humble toilet roll, I personally remember getting quite excited when Christmas came around as an old family friend used to always manage to find a Christmasy decorated roll as a present for our bathroom. This always brought us great amusement. As a colour consultant many years on, I can’t believe that I have not bothered to track down colourful toilet tissue for my own home. For me, it would have to be bright, bright, bright, otherwise, it might as well just be white!

Purple Toilet Tissue by Renova

Purple Toilet Tissue by Renova

So, to my surprise, when I started looking for images, I found that there are various suppliers of coloured toilet paper but here is just one company, Renova, which has a fabulous range of colour! What a COLOUR-tastic way to bring design to a bathroom. When it comes to tonal contrast to help those with sight issues, knowing that a lot of bathrooms are often white, perhaps using coloured rolls is the answer. They would certainly stand out. #DesignForDementia

Other decorative ways of using toilet tissue over time has been along the lines of camouflage, room decoration for parties and dressing up like a mummified body at Halloween. Even the likes of Napier Bathrooms at Canonmills found a use for rolls of toilet tissue this festive season.

Napier Bathrooms Christmas Tree Decoration

Napier Bathrooms Christmas Tree Decoration

I’m sure you all have your own experiences of how to decorate with toilet paper but I wonder how many have given thought to the design side of things. I hadn’t!

For now, with only a few days away until Christmas, all that is left to say is…

‘Happy Holidays’ and remember if you use the last sheet on the roll, recycle the cardboard and replace for the next person.

Best check the supply in your cupboard as well, to be sure you have enough for the holiday period, especially if you are expecting an influx of house guests. If not, you just may have to get creative.

Merry Christmas and warm wishes for 2017.

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