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A portion of the 160 million pounds of trash produced annually by discarded cardboard toilet paper tubes will be eliminated thanks to an innovation by...

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on October 27, 2010.

A new “tube-free” version of Scott Naturals toilet paper will be rolled out at Sam’s Club and Walmart stores in the Northeast United States next week.  USA Today reports:

The 17 billion toilet paper tubes produced annually in the USA account for 160 million pounds of trash, according to Kimberly-Clark estimates, and could stretch more than a million miles placed end-to-end. That’s from here to the moon and back — twice. Most consumers toss, rather than recycle, used tubes, says Doug Daniels, brand manager at Kimberly-Clark. “We found a way to bring innovation to a category as mature as bath tissue,” he says.

He won’t disclose the tubeless technology used but says it’s a special winding process. A similar process is used on tissue the company sells to businesses but not to consumers.

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USA Today: “Kimberly-Clark rolls out tube-free Scott toilet paper”

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