Bog Roll: How is it Made?

A pile of toilet paper
Isn’t it beautiful?

Right, so bog roll is a strip of perforated paper wrapped around a cardboard core. That may seem a bit irrelevant, but boy has it all been in the news lately.

The Making of Toilet Paper

Paper as a hygiene material dates to China in 6th century AD. But mass produced bog roll didn’t take off until the 19th century.

In 1883, the very first toilet paper dispenser hit the scene. Now, the industry is colossal—us humans crap a lot, so it’s important we clean it up.

A single tree creates 200 bog rolls. So, global daily requirements equals some 27,000 trees a day. All in the name of human bodily functions. That’s not great for the environment.

A lot of toilet paper is now from recycled stuff, so that helps. Whilst some companies use bagasse to make the stuff more helpful to nature.

As we covered in our recent coronavirus haiku special, some folks recently decided to panic buy bog roll.

It wasn’t uncommon to see people loading up on hundreds of the things in a bit of a crazed sense of hysteria.

How did such an item we all know, and generally tolerate, became the life and soul of our very being?

You know, why not panic buy water? Or booze? Here’s a sentient loo roll to explain everything for you.

Okay, so that didn’t clear much up. What we can say is this whole pandemic has made us all more aware about the important of bog rolls in our lives.

Without these bits rolls, society would collapse at the seams.

We’re only a few loo rolls short of society disappearing into anarchy. We must not let that happen. Because should it do so, then we’d all smell pretty bad.

The Cardboard Core

When your loo roll paper is dead and buried, there’s still stuff you can do with the central bit. Most folks just chuck it in the bin, though.

However, you can recycle them. Or just create fun stuff out of them.

For example, if you have a pet hamster you can supply these tubes to the little furry dudes. As they like clambering in and out of them.

Otherwise head off on an arts and crafts type romp—go nuts! Do whatever you want to do. The only limit is your imagination!


  1. I am glad to say that in my household there was no coronavirus bog-roll panic buy, as there were already some 993,186 rolls stashed in case of earthquake. Ran low on food, though, but it turns out that bog-roll can be boiled up in water to create a kind of consomme which doubles as a way of plugging leaks in the roof.

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