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A disposable paper napkin, serviette or face towelette is a piece of paper used at the table for wiping the mouth and fingers while eating. It is usually small and folded one and 2 ply, sometimes in intricate designs and shapes. The use of paper napkins is documented in ancient China, where paper was invented in the 2nd century BC. Paper napkins were known as chih pha, folded in squares, and used for the serving of tea.

The word Napkin comes from Middle English, borrowing the French nappe—a cloth covering for a table—and adding -kin, the diminutive suffix and is usually made from low basis weight tissue paper towels. The first American company to introduce paper napkins was Scott Paper, but using paper napkins did not become popular in the United States until 1950s. In the USA the average person uses six paper napkins daily. The popular types of paper napkins are : Dinner Napkin, Table Napkin, One at the Time Napkin, Express Napkin, Beverage Napkin, Cocktail Napkin, Tall Fold Napkin, Dispenser Napkin, Low Fold Napkin and V Fold Napkin by PaperShop.


The US Napkin market is approximately a USD 2.6 Billion Dollar Market , and the top brands are : Mardi Gras, Bounty, Marcal, Vanity Fair, Scott, Scott, Soft & Strong Paper Napkins by PaperShop and Ampack Corp. The main manufacturers of disposable paper napkins in the united states are: SCA, Georgia Pacific, Sofidel, Cascades and AMPACK Corp.