Tubeless Toilet Paper

October 27th, 2010

Kimberly-Clark has rolled out big change in the world of toilet paper. They’re going tubeless with their new Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper.

I haven’t tried this product yet. According to a recent USA Today article, the new tubeless TP is only available in test markets in the Northeast. If I get my hands on some of this, I’ll let you know how I like it.

Is it really a green product?

I suspect that even the most earnest green people sometimes pitch rather than recycle toilet paper tubes. The reason? Most of us don’t have recycling bins in our bathrooms. To be honest, I probably throw out about one out of every 10 tubes.

So, for convenience of not having to recycle the tube, Scott Naturals gets some green points. Also, you can supposedly use the entire roll. No TP is wasted stuck to glue on the tube.

Where does this TP lose green points?

Scott Naturals has only 40 percent recycled. And, as noted in the article, the first test packages of the tubeless TP won’t have recycled content at all. (That’s a bit mysterious to me.)

Yet, some people just refuse to use 100 percent recycled TP because it’s not as soft as the virgin stuff. For those people, 40 percent recycled content may be a good compromise.

As for Kimberly-Clark, they have appeared on the EPA’s National Top 50 List for being one of the largest green power users.

If it becomes available in your market, will you try Scott Naturals without the tube?

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