View Full Version : Kimberly-Clark Goes for 'Roll-y Grail': Tube-Free Toilet Paper

10-27-2010, 08:05 PM

Toilet paper rolls are undoubtedly one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind.

As a delivery system, the roll provides the user with as little or as much paper as needed for the job, but the flaw, from a waste-management approach, has always been the cardboard tube in the middle.

Unless you enjoy making cheap kazoos by putting wax paper on one end of the tube, using them as chimneys on Popsicle-stick houses or using them to keep electrical cords from getting tangled, the tube usually goes into the trash.

An estimated 17 billion cardboard tubes are thrown away each year, enough to circle the Earth's equator more than 45 times.