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Kimberly-Clark rolls out tube-free toilet paper

October 29, 2010
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WASHINGTON — The toilet paper roll is about to undergo its biggest change in 100 years: Going tubeless, according to USA Today.
On Monday, Kimberly-Clark, one of the world''s biggest makers of household paper products, will begin testing Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam''s Club stores throughout the Northeast, the article stated.
If sales take off, it may introduce the line nationally and globally — and even consider adapting the technology into its paper towel brands, the release noted.
According to the article, 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.
One environmentalist applauds the move. "It''s a positive example of how companies are seeking creative ways to reduce environmental impact," says Darby Hoover of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
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