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?