Toilet Paper Goes Green by Losing Cardboard Tube
September 10, 2014
Kimberly Clark, the parent company of Scott Toilet Paper, is betting Americans want to be more environmentally conscious with their toilet paper. The company released a new product line “Scott Naturals” which is toilet paper without the cardboard tube. Once you get to the end of the roll, the last few sheets come off your TP spindle and nothing is left behind. Goodbye cardboard tubes! You can read a full article about this here: Tube-Free Toilet Paper.
This effort by Kimberly Clark highlights America’s trend of going green. The company estimates that 17 BILLION cardboard tubes are thrown away each year, which is enough to fill the Empire State Building TWICE. And although the cardboard tubes are made of recyclable material, the public generally doesn’t know that so they just end up in the trash and in our landfills. Most Americans want to be more eco-friendly with their living habits, but are not necessarily willing to pay more to be green.
Tubeless toilet paper presents a way for folks to be environmentally conscious without having to pay more for it. Kimberly Clark reports the cost to manufacture tubeless toilet paper is about the same; as the changes in manufacturing processes were offset by savings from losing the cardboard tube. This means the consumer price for tubeless toilet paper will be the same as “regular” toilet paper before.
We applaud Kimberly Clark for pioneering the toilet paper industry to be more eco-friendly with their product design. Manufacturing toilet paper without the cardboard tube is not easy, otherwise everyone would be doing it.
Of course, you could take this one step further by using a bidet seat! Because bidets use water to wash you, bidet seat owners use toilet paper more for drying purposes (if at all, since bidet seats are equipped with a warm air dryer). Bidet seats reduce your toilet paper consumption by 80% or more. But even if you have a bidet seat, you should still go tubeless on your toilet paper. Even a small change like this can make a huge difference over the course of your lifetime.