Key Features Distributors Should Know About 1 and 2-Ply Toilet Paper

Key Features Distributors Should Know About 1 and 2-Ply Toilet Paper

What ply is best for your customers when it comes to bulk toilet tissue? If you can answer this question as a distributor, you're on the way to establishing a trusted and long-lasting relationship with customers across a range of industries. To assist you in better serving your customers, Berk International has created a series of short articles to help distributors address the questions they most frequently pose when selecting the ideal toilet paper for their industry. In this third installment of our series, we'll focus on helping you understand the difference between 1 and 2-ply toilet paper.

Let's start by breaking down the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each kind of ply. Each ply is listed below, along with the number of layers it contains:

1-ply = 1 layer of tissue
2-ply = 2 layers of tissue

A Guide to One-Ply Toilet Paper

It's common to buy 1-ply toilet paper in bulk. When you see bulk single-ply, you can bet there's a lot of foot traffic. These rolls are great for high-traffic restrooms. Because of the roll length, 1-ply lasts longer and will not need to be changed as frequently. This type of tissue paper is clog-free, sewage and septic-friendly, and disintegrates quickly.

Although 1-ply isn't known for its extreme comfort, it's a biodegradable, economical, and highly sensible option.

1-ply is ideal in these settings:


  • Airports
  • Boats
  • Buses
  • Casinos
  • Convention centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Extended stay hotels
  • Fast-food establishments
    • Government facilities
    • Hospitals
    • Janitorial/sanitation
    • Medical centers
    • Motor homes
    • Office buildings
    • Schools
    • Sporting venues
    • Universities

While this list isn't exhaustive, it should give you an understanding of when using a single-ply tissue may be the best option. You'll be looking for restrooms with heavy traffic, finicky plumbing, or both. Comfort will take a back seat to practicality with a single-ply that degrades quickly to avoid clogs and plumbing mishaps later.

A Guide to Two-Ply Toilet Paper

Two-ply toilet paper is a terrific cost-effective solution if your consumers like a bit more comfort and use it in large quantities. Because of this, bulk purchases of 2-ply toilet paper are common in many settings.

This roll is well-suited for a range of industries, and customers' bathrooms will continue to be well-stocked with this mid-tier toilet paper. Since 2-ply toilet paper comes in various quality levels, a touch test is a good way to sense the differences. Berk is happy to provide distributors with samples to help them in narrowing down their choices.

2-ply is ideal in these settings:

  • Boutique hotels
  • Casinos
  • Conference centers
  • Convention centers
  • Family-friendly restaurants
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Janitorial/sanitation
  • Medical centers
  • Office buildings
  • Peer-to-peer stays (e.g., Airbnb)
  • Resorts

This list should help you determine when using a 2-ply tissue is the best choice. You'll be looking for restrooms with a lot of use and customers seeking a little more comfort, while staying on a budget.

Roll Size

We've reviewed single-ply and double-ply, but it's not just about the layers; the roll size is also important. Berk provides the following solutions for customers and facilities of every size — regardless of industry:

Bathroom Tissue, 100% Recycled Paper

This bath tissue is made of 40% post-consumer waste, making it both environmentally friendly and cost-effective. We offer rolls that are durable and long-lasting for any setting. Both 1-ply and 2-ply options are available in a range of sizes and can be customized to meet your specific requirements, including custom core sizes and footages:

  • 1-ply, junior rolls
  • 1-ply, jumbo rolls
  • 2-ply, junior rolls
  • 2-ply, jumbo rolls
  • 2-ply, coreless rolls
  • 2-ply, small core junior rolls
  • 2-ply, small core jumbo rolls


Bathroom Tissue, Premium Paper

Our premium embossed 2-ply bath tissue is made of recycled materials and is soft, absorbent, and can be used anywhere without sacrificing quality or your budget. This item is available in a variety of sizes and can be customized to match your needs, including 1-ply, virgin paper, and footages:


  • 2-ply, small core junior rolls
  • 2-ply, small core jumbo rolls


Both premium and recycled paper rolls are suitable for all industries, including Jan/San, Medical, Institutional, Hospitality, and Food Service.

How Berk Can Help

It's easy to get caught up with ply count -- the higher the ply count, the softer and more pleasant the toilet paper is, right? Actually, this is not always the case. Having the right toilet paper for every establishment is extremely important, and we want to help you make the right choice for your customers' budgets and needs. By knowing the texture, layers, and feel of each type of roll, distributors can help customers overcome this misunderstanding and select the ply that is best for their industry and needs. Berk recommends trying a few samples to help you understand the differences between plies.

Regardless of which ply is right for your customers, Berk has a solution with a wide range of options to help provide top-quality service as a bulk tissue paper distributor. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information about the right tissue paper products for your customers.

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