UPDATED 3/1/2017: Does it seem like you are always refilling the toilet paper? For me, it’s one of those annoying tasks around the house. The inner toilet paper tubes are great for crafts, but most end up in the landfill. That’s why Kimberly Clark is selling tube-free toilet paper.
How much toilet paper do you use?
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I recycle the cardboard tube in toilet paper, but a survey by Kimberly-Clark found I am in the minority. The manufacturer found over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are used every year. That’s as much as 250 Boeing 747 planes. Imagine if they all end up in the landfill.
There’s an interesting quiz you can take to see how many tubes of toilet paper you’ll use in a lifetime in your house. It all comes down to the number of women and men, as we all use different amounts. In my small house the number is staggering. More than 15,000 tubes of toilet paper will fill the landfill just from our house. That alone makes me want to recycle the cardboard inner toilet paper tube or buy tube free toilet paper.
Cost for tube free toilet paper is similar
The maker of Scott Natural brand toilet paper launched tube free toilet paper. Currently, 12 double rolls of Scott Tube-Free Toilet Paper $10.99 at Target. The extra soft double package costs $11.29.
Amazon also sells Scott Tube-Free Toilet Paper.
While the tubeless toilet paper is cheaper, you get a little less toilet paper. The square footage is about 70 feet less. Not a big difference, for the fact that there is a big difference in the effect on the landfill. Here’s a coupon to save $1.00 per package.
This product was announced in 2010, and seven years later no other manufacturer is following this trend.
While there’s an easy solution to cut down on the waste for toilet paper, that’s not the case for other products in your home. How to recycle hair products, batteries, and light bulbs and how to recycle and sell used electronics.
Instead of throwing items like toilet paper rolls or coffee containers in the trash, how about finding new uses at home? Share pictures of how you reuse items at home on Facebook or in the comments below.