We take toilet paper for granted, don’t we? Kind of like clean air and rain water. But toilet paper, as we know it today has only been available for less than 200 years.
The ancient Greeks used stones and clay for their, ahem, toilet needs.
The Romans got inventive and attached a sponge to a long stick. They kept the stick in a bucket of salt water and everyone in the community used the same one. Hmmm.
Even cozier than the sponge sharing, Caesar and his friends had a marble bench in the “community bathroom” with holes in the bench and everyone sat side by side while they, well you know.
The first Americans used corn cobs to wipe their bums.
And once printed-almanacs and newspapers were readily available, these became the wipe of choice.
Fun fact: Outhouses had a nail on the wall where almanac’s with a hole drilled through them hung, just for this purpose.
It’s no wonder that an innovative American, John Gayetty, got creative and came up with the first actual paper just for toilet use in 1857. John was so proud of his product that his name was embossed on each of the sheets.Can’t you just hear the nay sayers cautioning John “No one will buy it!” And in fact, the success was short lived, because people preferred to use the above “recycled” paper. Happily, in 1890, two brother’s, Clarence and E. Irvin Scott, brought toilet paper on a roll to reality.
We’ll bet a case of tree free toilet paper that neither Mr. Gayetty or the Scott brothers ever imagined how many trees would ultimately be cut down to accommodate the hygiene practices of our 21st century burgeoning population. With the world population estimated to grow to nearly 10 billion by 2050, the availability of natural resources will increasingly decline. And since we flush 27,00 trees a day down the toilet today, and it’s some 161 years since we started this commercial process, think how many trees have already been sacrificed!
The good news is that we don’t have to give up toilet paper to save our trees. Nimbus Eco Tree Free toilet paper is a blend of farmed bamboo and post consumer recycled paper. Easy peasy. Just trade your regular paper for our soft, lovely tree free paper and you’re already helping save Mother Earth.
Let’s work together on this. Let’s continue to enjoy the luxury of disposable toilet paper, without sacrificing one of our earth’s greatest resources in the process. Nimbus can help! You can purchase our paper at Amazon.com. and your local Gelson’s market. And please, request it at your favorite hotels and restaurants!