The death of the toilet roll inner
IS nothing sacrosanct?
First our rubbish has to tommy hilfiger uk be sorted into three separate bins, then we can choose to pay a voluntary surcharge to offset carbon emissions in our cars and place our hotel towels back on the bathroom hook to reuse them tomorrow.
Kimberly Clark, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of household paper products, announced this week it would soon start selling natural “tube free” toilet paper in north east American stores. And if the product is a success with consumers, it may be introduced nationally and then globally so watch out Australia.
The company is promoting the new product as being more “environmentally friendly” than the traditional design. It estimates households in the United States use 17 billion toilet paper rolls each year, equivalent to 77 million kilograms of waste and apparently equal to the weight of more than 250 Boeing 747 airliners.
Apart from the environmental benefits, one of the saving graces of this new concept is that nobody will have to put up with an empty toilet roll when they enter the home’s smallest room.
Undoubtedly, though, there will still be the argument about who used the last piece of paper and didn’t replace the roll.
Toilet rolls used to be fun. As children we would covet them and then sit at the table with glue, coloured paper, bright material, shiny stars and beady eyes to make an assortment tommy hilfiger uk of puppets or dolls. If boys were present we’d create robots, dinosaurs, pretend dynamite or join them together in a long tube where we could run spiders and beetles and marbles along.
When my own kids hit the playgroup age, I’d rock up with a boxful of the little round cardboard rolls and the young artists would get to work enthusiastically.
Then came kindergarten and the end of the innocence. Toilet paper rolls were not welcome at preschool. Try walking in with a boxful and see the alarms go off, the shutters slam shut and the sniffer dogs jump all over you.
Apparently, they were harbouring all sorts of germs and diseases and were not hygienic enough for any unsuspecting youngsters to handle without the use of sturdy industrial gloves, a face mask and breathing apparatus (not part of common kinder uniform apparently).
Empty egg cartons fine. Paper towel and Glad Wrap rolls welcomed. Used wrapping paper and magazines (with pictures suitable for young eyes only) happily accepted. But bring in a box of toilet paper rolls and you may as well have committed a mortal sin and be saying acts of contrition for the rest of your life.
Surely the humble little toilet roll is one of the last things we should be declaring war on when it comes to reducing waste and there are plenty of other bigger fish to fry in the fight against environmental pollution.
Here’s a quick list of products suggested in a quick office straw poll that really get up our noses and that manufacturers should have a good hard look at:
Computer printers: why is it cheaper to buy a whole new printer for your home office than it is to replace a single cartridge? A printer with four separate colour cartridges sells in shops for $59 but it will cost $17 to replace each cartridge when it runs out of ink, setting you back a total of $68. So it’s cheaper to toss the printer out and buy a new one.
Fast food wrapping: yes, we realise recycled paper is used for the wrapping paper on those soggy burgers, the box that protects them from being crushed, the fries tube, the apple pie container and the paper bag but why don’t they take an old fashioned lesson from the local fish and chip shop and wrap the lot in a few sheets of white paper? We’ve never seen discarded fish and chip paper on the sides of the road, but we’ve seen plenty of waste from fast food outlets.
Fresh fruit and vegetables: no longer do they come loose, but they are “prepackaged for your convenience”. It’s not convenient at all to dispose of the plastic bag that contains an assortment of green salad leaves or a ready to prepare Caesar salad, the small square plastic tubs and cling wrap containing pre sliced mushrooms and baby tomatoes or the newer and larger plastic tubs and bags that are now being used in the packaging of apples.
Cheap plastic toys: these are some of the worst offenders. They seem to break the first time you attempt to wind them up, insert batteries beneath the tacky plastic cover or move one of the unmovable arms or legs on the fake Barbie or Ken. Not only do you have a sore foot from where you stepped on a sharp piece of snapped plastic lying on the carpet, but your toddler is bawling his or her eyes out and the damned toy is grinning at you when you drop it in the rubbish bin. The only thing to do is grab an adhesive plaster from the cupboard for your bleeding heel and a tissue to wipe the runny nose of yo tommy hilfiger uk ur youngster. Then you should retrieve that box of craft supplies from the top cupboard and head to the toilet for some discarded toilet paper rolls. Not only is making cardboard puppets and robots the best form of recycling, it offers relief from changing that empty printer cartridge and unloading today’s groceries, covered in an assortment of bright packaging.
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