Tubeless toilet paper rolling out

Tubeless toilet paper rolling out

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Kimberly-Clark's Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper may be a little wobbly, but it fits over spindles the same way. Kimberly-Clark's Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper may be a little wobbly, but it fits over spindles the same way.

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A special type of toilet paper with no tube is being unrolled.

The necessity, now environmentally friendly, is coming to stores across the Northeast.

Kimberly-Clark's Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper may be a little wobbly, but it fits over spindles the same way.

"How is that last piece of tissue going to feel?" Tiffany Perkins wondered on Wednesday.

The company says the last piece will feel just fine, and you don't have to worry about it getting stuck to the tube.

"Right, exactly that's wasting that much toilet paper," said University of Tennessee Environmental Director Jay Price.

Seventeen billion toilet paper tubes are thrown out each year across the nation. That's equal to over 160 million pounds of trash or the weight of more than 1 million elephants.

The concept, however, isn't new, at least in bathrooms on the UT campus.

"This tubeless roll has been around campus and we have been using it around campus for at least two years," Price said, holding it up.

But it's a tubeless toilet paper with a hole too small, not for the average household. Price hopes Kimberly-Clark's version will perhaps be a toilet paper revolution worldwide.

"You can put some money signs on there, some flowers, some stripes," suggested one UT student.

Kimberly-Clark will start selling tubeless toilet papers beginning Monday in 11 Northeast states.

Tennessee isn't included, but if the idea becomes a big seller, the company hopes to launch it nationally.

The Scott Naturals-Tube Free toilet paper will cost the same as the traditional Scott toilet paper.

Kimberly-Clark wouldn't release the science behind the product except to say a lot of research and new equipment were necessary.

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