Do you care about your children’s future? Then wrap your mind around this one:
It’s true. The toilet paper roll in your bathroom is probably intact…but it’s only a matter of time.
Kimberly-Clark launched the first tube-free toilet paper rolls in their Scott Naturals brand at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the Northeast in the fourth quarter of 2010. They’re planning tube-free paper towels, too. And SCA, Georgia Pacific, and Procter & Gamble — which manufactures top-selling Charmin toilet paper — are expected to jump on board the tube-free train very soon.
Let’s face it — eliminating that little brown tube is way better for the environment. Can you believe it accounts for over 160 million pounds of waste in the U.S. alone?
But I can’t help but be nostalgic — in advance — for all the silly little toilet paper tube craft projects that kids won’t be able to attempt once that cardboard cylinder is no more.
No more critters with that distinctive shape. No more Christmas candles, wreaths or candy canes. No more log cabins, binoculars, firecrackers, spaceships, or yarn jars. (Yarn jars?) No more handcrafted masterpieces inspired by that simple circle of cardboard that currently comes free with every toilet paper roll.
Going green certainly has its price. Oh well, maybe the iPhone will come up with an app to replace it.