Most rolls of toilet paper come with a cardboard tube in the center that creates a great deal of waste, especially because a small percentage of cardboard tubes are being recycled. Recent statistics present that each year in America we use enough cardboard tubes to fill the entire square footage of the Empire State building in New York.
We are paying more money per roll for that cardboard tube, while manufacturers are using more energy to produce and use them. Additionally, the negative impact on our environment each year is probably unmeasurable.
Thankfully another TP roll has been developed and we can all consider taking action to help move toward true green. As shown in the photograph, toilet paper rolls are available without a cardboard tube. The rolling curves of paper in the center function as the tube of cardboard. The only slight draw back I experienced is with one of our toilet paper dispensers. This dispenser has a wide mounting pin or dowel to hold the roll of toilet paper. These wider center mounting pins or dowels, are on various toilet paper dispensers. When restocking this dispenser with a new roll of toilet paper without the cardboard tube, I need to expand and widen the center curves of toilet paper at the center of the roll. This then facilitates an easier installation over the dispenser’s dowel.
Regarding the job positions producing these cardboard tubes, please realize no jobs should be lost with a little creativity. Young children in every American school should be learning about recycling cardboard. They also build, make, and create projects in classes between K to 5 grade and then in art classes. Cardboard and cardboard tubes are a key element with making turkeys for Thanksgiving to telescopes and from bridges to buildings. A simple shift in production to packages of different sized cardboard tubes and sheets, will make ordering and creating much easier for every grade school teacher.
Our hope at Going True Green is to see center cardboard tubes for toilet paper go the way of colored toilet paper. Matching colors in our bathrooms with the same color toilet paper reached tremendous popularity in the 1970s. However, toilet paper in various colors cost us more to buy compared to plain white toilet paper, production was wasting energy in the name of vanity and the dye in colored toilet paper was proven to be harmful to our environment. Finally in 2004, production of toilet paper with colors was stopped.
Unfortunately, some Novelty companies have started production again to meet the demands of certain "celebrities" and others. Red, Black, and Glow in the Dark toilet paper can be found online today with biodegradable and nontoxic claims to help entice the buyer.
Please distinguish between want and need. I certainly do not need to use Glow-in-the-Dark toilet paper that costs Ten Dollars a roll along with a cardboard tube in the center.
Bill Lauto, at GoingTrueGreen.com
International Sustainability and Energy Consultant
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