New Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue

Posted by Mrs Money on October 29th, 2010

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If you’re one of those people that just can’t hack the idea of cloth toilet paper, you can take other steps to save money on toilet paper.  If you’re concerned about the environment, you can feel good about a new product that Kimberly-Clark has just unveiled: Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue.  It’s a pretty simple concept: it’s toilet paper without the cardboard tube in the middle.  Ingenious? Yes.  Perfect? No.  While I am ecstatic that a company has come up with a solution that will have a positive impact on the environment, I also think that they could improve the product as well.

I love the fact that they are challenging the norm of toilet paper and venturing somewhere no one has gone before.  Toilet tissue has always contained a cardboard tube in the middle.  It does a good job of holding the bath tissue in place on the roll, but it seems that it is also something that can be eliminated.  By eliminating the cardboard tube, many trees that would have been cut down to make the cardboard tube will be saved and carbon emissions will be eliminated from lighter shipping of the bath tissue.

I have a few concerns about how well the bath tissue would hold up on the toilet paper holder, but I’m sure that was extensively tested before it was unveiled.  Personally, I would much rather deal with toilet paper that’s a little hard to roll (or a little too easy to roll) and help save resources.

Here’s what I think they could have improved upon with the Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue:

-They could use recycled paper for the bath tissue.  Contrary to its name, recycled toilet paper is not actually recycled toilet paper. It’s toilet paper that’s made with recycled paper. Why not use recycled paper?  I think if the company is hitting the whole “eco-friendly” point, they should go all the way and use recycled paper.

-Use eco friendly packaging.  I’m not 100% sure, but I’ll bet that the bath tissue comes in plastic packaging.  While it’s easy to transport that way, it’s also made of plastic.  Plastic is one of the worst things for the environment, as it’s made from oil and contains BPA.  I think it would be better if they could use recycled paper as the packaging somehow.

-Encourage consumers to purchase their product by purchasing carbon offsets or creating a carbon neutral company.  I know that I’m willing to pay extra money if I know that the company uses sustainable practices and is concerned about its impact on the environment.

I do think it’s completely ironic that the same company that is producing the Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue (Kimberly-Clark) also produces the Kleenex Disposable Hand Towels.  While I think the tube free bath tissue is a step in the right direction, I don’t think that it outweighs the damage that the stupid disposable hand towels causes.

Have you heard of the Scott Tube Free bath tissue?  What’s your opinion?

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11 Responses to “New Scott Tube Free Bath Tissue”


  1. Money Beagle says:

    Our community accepts recycling of both cardboard and plastic bags / wrappers, so we are able to use or recycle every bit of what is included in a roll of toilet paper. So, while this seems like a great idea, it’s not necessary at the Beagle household :)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Money Beagle- I love our recycling programs! I think one of the best things about this new tube free toilet paper is all the resources saved from not producing the cardboard tube.

    I’m proud of you for recycling! It’s sad how many people don’t :(

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  2. I thought of you when I saw their article on Yahoo, lol. :-) I hope Charmin follows suit soon…

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    BIFS- LOL! I love that. I agree- I hope other companies follow suit soon too. Why not?!

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  3. Jessica says:

    While I see the irony and understand that things could get even better, I do believe that we should support any baby steps that are made. I think the “disposable towels” is such a ridiculous idea, but if those are the people buying the products, that is the product that will stay on the market. If the eco-friendly crowd does not buy a product, the big companies will continue catering to the consumers and not those concerned about the environment. (Have I lost you yet?) My point is that I will be happy to try out the product, both because it is an improvement and because I want the Kimberly-Clarks of the world to know that I will not support their disposable towels, but I will support anything you do that is a step in the right direction. If we expect all or nothing, things will not change. Of course, I know that a letter to the company will help, but I am ready to try a new more eco-friendly product than my current toilet paper….

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Jessica- I completely agree! I think it’s great because it raises awareness. I think I’d be much more likely to buy their toilet paper if it was recycled too. We buy a huge pack from Costco because it’s cheap and it lasts us forever!

    Thanks so much for sharing your opinion!
    xoxo

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  4. Becky R says:

    I use cloth toilet paper but buy recycled for guests. Last Dec. I bought a 24 pack of Sevength Generation on sale for $9.99. I still have 2 rolls left. Can’t beat that.
    I like the no roll, but still prefer to buy recycled. Plus I reuse the rolls for so many things (crafts, and I make fire starter logs-I fill with dryer lint, they work great.)

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Becky R- Wow, that’s awesome! I love that you use the cloth tp :) AND reuse the rolls!

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  5. Mrs. Money, is the big pack you buy from Costco the one that has individually wrapped rolls? It used to be, and I thought what a waste. I guess they do it for businesses because it needs to be wrapped so they can stack an extra on the back of the toilet. Which also seems silly because the roll next to the toilet isn’t wrapped and is exposed while waiting to be used. Oh, and I just wanted to say one more thing. The last time I priced out Costco toilet paper vs. ScotTissue, Costco was more expensive. In fact, I did a cost analysis at my blog (granted it was over two years ago) which indicated that ScotTissue even at (then) non-sale prices was far cheaper. I calculated that my yearly cost for Costco TP would be $92 vs. my yearly cost for ScotTissue of $35. A significant savings, imo (of course this was back in February 2008).

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Mrs. A- It’s been at least 8 months since we’ve purchased tp! I will have to do a cost comparison on that again. That really shocks me! That definitely is a great savings for you. Now you’ve got me really curious. ;)

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