Toilet paper is made up from bleached paper pulp. It can either be made from wood chips or recycled paper. The paper pulp is flattened so it becomes 1-ply of toilet paper. This can be combined with another ply to make a thicker kind of toilet paper (2-ply). Toilet paper breaks down so easily because it is made of pulp (ground up paper that is only really held together when dry). Once the paper hits water, it begins to fall apart. The brand of toilet paper makes a big difference on how fast it will break down; “luxury brands” (the ones that boast of being super absorbant, soft, and thick) take longer to break down and can actually damage your pipes.
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