Toilet paper is by far one of the
greatest inventions ever created by man. Sure, the Snuggie and
wireless internet are both up there too, but few can argue against toilet paper being one of the best ideas ever created. Now while the
idea of toilet paper, and its application, have widely stayed the
same, the versatile little roll has gone through some tweaking and
improving over the years, offering an assortment of quality options.
Whether you prefer quilted, standard, coreless or jumbo variety,
there is something for everyone. However at the root of this choice
comes an even greater decision; what ply toilet paper is the ideal
choice? There are a couple options to choose from when debating this
issue. To start with there is the affordable original 1 ply toilet
paper, followed by the comfortable 2 ply choice, and even the
uncommon 3 ply variety that's as rare to see in a bathroom, as seeing
Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster...in a bathroom. At the root of this
issue however it is very much a two horse race, between the 1 and 2
ply toilet tissue options. So at its core (or coreless if you
prefer) this debate comes down to a few key issues: cost, comfort,
and septic system effect.
Layers, Layers, Layers
So what is
the difference between the two? Lets break this down in easy fashion.
1 ply toilet paper is made of a single layer of paper, while 2 ply
has two layers of the same material. In most instances, 2 ply toilet
paper is typically thicker and stronger, and is usually a bit softer
as well, which many attribute to being the better of the two from a
comfort standpoint. However, thanks to modern product innovation and
advances, many 1 ply options are getting closer and closer to their 2
ply counterparts in that regard.
How this Effects the Piggie Bank
a cost standpoint, 1-ply usually tends to run cheaper than 2-ply.
It's not a secret that less paper layers translates to less of a
cost. However many have noted that when it comes to usage, people typically use the same amount of sheets no matter the type of toilet
paper they are using. So in this instance, by only using one layer of paper, the 1 ply option is cheaper to use.
Keeping the Plumber Away
to a recent study. more than 26 million housing units in the United
States use a septic system. If you have a septic system, or an older
home, you may be at a higher risk of toilet paper clogging compared
to other homes. While most types of bath tissue are known for being
safe for use in septic systems, the consistency of each model lends
to different results. Due to this, often people who have septic
systems, become preoccupied with worrying what type of toilet papers
are safe to flush. While some brands have recently debuted
varieties of rapidly
dissolving toilet paper, some simply cannot afford to invest in
specialty products. In this instance it is clear that choosing a 1
ply option is the ideal decision. Like it was stated above, people
typically use the same amount of toilet paper regardless of the
density. Because of this, using a 2 ply option would ostensibly
double the amount of tissue in your septic unit. Furthermore, 1 ply
tissue is said to be the preferred choice for both low flow or no
flush circumstances, such as in RV and boat bathrooms.
While 2 Ply toilet paper has the edge
in comfort, 1 Ply blows its competitor out of the water (no pun
intended) in the other categories. 1 ply is cost effective, and for
those with septic systems, or homes with tricky, old, or sensitive
plumbing, it is the ideal choice.
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