Kimberly-Clark has announced the new "Scott Naturals Tube-Free" bath tissue.
It will be available at select Walmart and Sam's Club locations in the northeast, including numerous stores in our area.
The company said the cardboard tubes can be recycled, but often are not. Only 37 percent of consumers surveyed by Scott Naturals brand say they frequently recycle cardboard bath tissue tubes.
U.S. households dispose of an estimated 17 billion bath tissue tubes annually, the company said.
Rolled paper products like bath tissue chiefly have tubes to aid production efficiency and to maintain product stability to survive shipment through the distribution chain. K-C said the tube does not add any real consumer value.
The tube-free toilet paper will be available starting November 1st in Allentown, Easton, Langhorne, Willow Grove, Philadelphia, Exton, and Reading.