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Egregious Packaging Hall of Fame: Why Toilet Paper Needs a Redesign
And then there are those wasteful interior cardboard tubes; one solution might be to eliminate them altogether. Kimberly-Clark, the same company that destroys forests for TP, has made and tested TP sans center roll in an effort to save resources (and of course money on production and transportation of toilet tissue). What would be saved is, “160 million pounds of waste from the 17 billion toilet paper tubes produced annually,” according to Greenbiz.com. So eliminating the center rolls – only about 1/2 of which are recycled – would put a dent in the landfills (but might break some crafty kids’ hearts). Of course, plenty of rolls would be saved if companies put 1,000 sheets on every roll of TP – but it turns out you can’t fit that much of the fluffy stuff on one roll. And so, four-packs of soft TP are sold in a package covered in plastic wrap, with four cardboard inner tubes, when a single roll of recycled TP would do the job – and cost a lot less too.
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