Types of Tissue Paper

A roll of bath tissue gets the ticket for a critical eye.

Tissue paper -- that sometimes crinkly, other times soft, flexible-yet-breakable thin sheet with various uses, from wrapping gifts to wiping lips. A plus: Tissue paper has a green side -- recycled green, that is. Manufacturers produce more and more recycled tissue paper these days, cushioning the impact of paper-making on Mother Earth.

Gifts and Decoration

Gift wrapping utilizes tissue paper. For instance, gift bags rely on wrapping tissue for covering unwrapped gifts. Available types of wrapping tissue include white, colored, patterned, metallic, waxed, fibrous and recycled. Tissue paper also makes up crepe paper streamers, wrapping tissue art projects and pinatas used for decoration around the home and classroom.

Home Use

Tissue paper has numerous uses in various parts of a home. Facial and hygienic purposes are served in the bathroom by hygienic tissue. For example, women call upon bath tissue to remove facial makeup. Paper towels are touted for their cleanup ability. Paper napkins comprising tissue paper also have a place at the dining table.

Restaurant Industry

The restaurant industry, in particular fast-food and takeout eateries, utilize disposable paper napkins. According to Stark State College, "Americans use an average of 2,200 paper napkins per person per year." The bulk wholesale of paper napkins makes them inexpensive, adding an economical factor for businesses.


Consumers have the option of buying recycled wrapping tissue, bath tissue, paper towels and paper napkins. Post-consumer recycled materials make up at least some part of recycled brands of tissue paper. Greenpeace notes the advantage of recycled tissue paper: "Recycled tissue products help protect ancient forest, clean water, and wildlife habitat." In particular, recycled tissue means that less trees are cut down annually, precipitating a positive impact upon global ecosystems.

About the Author

Kira Robbins is a freelance writer who has been writing and photographing since a young age. Robbins' articles from high school were published in her local newspaper and earned recognition in competition. She graduated from Pikes Peak Community College with an A.A. degree & hopes to continue her education in photography.