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  1. #1 Kimberly-Clark rolls out tube-free Scott toilet paper 
    Kimberly-Clark rolls out tube-free Scott toilet paper
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    By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY
    The toilet paper roll is about to undergo its biggest change in 100 years: going tubeless.

    On Monday, Kimberly-Clark, one of the world's biggest makers of household paper products, will begin testing Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper at Walmart and Sam's Club stores throughout the Northeast. If sales take off, it may introduce the line nationally and globally and even consider adapting the technology into its paper towel brands.

    No, the holes in the rolls aren't perfectly round. But they do fit over TP spindles and come with this promise: Even the last piece of toilet paper will be usable without glue stuck on it.

    Suddenly, there's news in the $9 billion but stagnant toilet paper market. More important, it's got a "green" halo.

    The 17 billion toilet paper tubes produced annually in the USA account for 160 million pounds of trash, according to Kimberly-Clark estimates, and could stretch more than a million miles placed end-to-end. That's from here to the moon and back twice. Most consumers toss, rather than recycle, used tubes, says Doug Daniels, brand manager at Kimberly-Clark. "We found a way to bring innovation to a category as mature as bath tissue," he says.

    He won't disclose the tubeless technology used but says it's a special winding process. A similar process is used on tissue the company sells to businesses but not to consumers.

    Behind the marketing push is a growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly products.
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    They have that here. It's a pain in the ass. (not literally)
    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    They have that here. It's a pain in the ass. (not literally)
    What's wrong with it?
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    One less thing for elementary school art teachers to use for class projects.

    The teachers will probably boycott the egg companies if they ever change their packaging design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    What's wrong with it?
    The roll deforms very easily. When packed together, they get smooshed up, the inside paper tears, and it becomes near impossible to put onto the holder.
    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    Are they worried that using wood for that measly little tube will wipe out our forests?
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    Humph! Tubeless has been around for decades. They despense like Kleenex, except they're square. These won't last long - the free market Capitalist system will determine that they ain't worth...............shit!

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    I wonder about the dimensional stability of the last sheets. Do they lay flat or do they roll up like the last few feet of wrapping paper? Nothing would be worse than thinking the last few shets will work and find yourself trying to wipe with somthing of the surface area of a toothpick.

    The existing tubeless stuff comes out of Vietnam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubs View Post
    I wonder about the dimensional stability of the last sheets. Do they lay flat or do they roll up like the last few feet of wrapping paper? Nothing would be worse than thinking the last few shets will work and find yourself trying to wipe with somthing of the surface area of a toothpick.

    The existing tubeless stuff comes out of Vietnam.
    Dude, you're overthinking this. :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    Humph! Tubeless has been around for decades. They despense like Kleenex, except they're square. These won't last long - the free market Capitalist system will determine that they ain't worth...............shit!
    The box uses more material than a tube!
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