26.08.2020 - Products & services
Never before has toilet paper received so much attention as in recent months. This is also evident on Google: as recently as the beginning of March, "toilet paper" was not to be found among the top searches, but now it is in the top ranks alongside "disinfectant" and "mask". In addition, the Federal Statistical Office reported a 211% increase in demand for the period between 16 and 22 March.
But where does the origin actually lie? Even before the invention of toilet paper, there were numerous aids that people used to help themselves - including leaves, pieces of fur, hay or rags. In Hawaii, the natives used coconut bark, the Eskimos used snow and the French royal family swore by the use of silk cloth.
Then, in the 14th century, paper was first used as toilet paper in China. However, the first commercially available paper made in a factory specifically as toilet paper was not found until 1857 in the USA. At that time, it consisted of individual sheets in a box and was impregnated with aloe extracts. Toilet paper on rolls, as we know it today, dates back to the late 19th century.
And what about in Germany? In 1928, the first toilet paper factory was founded, initially producing toilet paper from rough crepe paper.
Later, the softer tissue paper spreads, which is much more pleasant on the skin.
In 1958, 10 years after the company was founded, WEPA also specialised in the production of hygiene products. Today, as the third largest supplier in Europe, our sustainable and innovative hygiene solutions ensure a safe hygiene feeling for millions of consumers throughout Europe.