Cold and flu season seems an appropriate time to investigate our habit of using disposable pieces of paper made from trees to wipe our runny noses. This first of two posts investigates the history of paper facial tissue and its environmental impact. The second post will examine green alternatives. Early people most likely wiped their noses on the back of their hands, clothing, or both. Some still do.
Paper Facial Tissue – History and Environmental Impact
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In , the Kleenex brand of facial tissue was first introduced. Kleenex tissue was invented as a means to remove cold cream. Early advertisements linked Kleenex to Hollywood makeup departments and sometimes included endorsements from movie stars Helen Hayes and Jean Harlow who used Kleenex to remove their theatrical makeup with cold cream. By , Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the manufacturer of Kleenex, became intrigued by the number of letters from customers stating that they used their product as a disposable handkerchief. A test was conducted in the Peoria, Illinois, newspaper.
The answer will vary depending on whether you have allergies, the season of the year, or other factors. Facial tissues became all the rage as an alternative to handkerchiefs in the early 20th century when the novelty and convenience of a disposable handkerchief had no consideration for the environment. Since then the disposable facial tissue industry has boomed to the moon.
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