From: RP Siegel, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published November 3, 2010 08:27 AM

Scott Naturals: Tube-Free Toilet Paper: When It’s Gone It’s Gone

In the "what will they think of next" category, Scott Paper Company just announced the introduction of a new tube-free toilet paper. The innovation, which is the result of a proprietary winding process, eliminates the cardboard roll that has formed the core of the roll since 1880. According to information from Kimberly Clark, who also makes Kleenex, 17 billion paper toilet paper tubes are produced every year in the US. If my math is right, that's about 56 rolls per person. That sounds a little high to me, but then again, I'm a guy.


All those tubes result in eighty thousand tons of trash, or enough to make one tube a million miles long. I wonder if you could use it to play "telephone" with someone a million miles away.

I recycle my tubes. But according to Doug Daniels, brand manager at Kimberly-Clark, parent company of Scott Tissue, "most consumers toss rather than recycle used tubes." Come on people, get with it. Next time you change over your roll, think about that million mile long tube. I mean, really, even if we cut it down by three-quarters, it will still be long enough to reach the moon.

In case you're wondering, the first commercial toilet paper is said to have been used in China in the year 1391, when the Bureau of Imperial Supplies produced 720,000 sheets a year for the emperors. Each sheet was three feet long and two feet wide. I guess if you’re making toilet paper for the emperor, it's better to err on the side of too big than too small.

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