Toilet paper has been on a roll for well over 100 years, but that may be about to come to an end. Kimberly-Clark Corp., which makes Scott products, recently announced that it has developed a tubeless toilet paper roll aimed at reducing waste — paper waste, that is:


According to Scott’s brand manager, “You just put it on the spindle like regular bath tissue, and when you get to that last sheet, it just rolls off. There’s no wasted cardboard tube left behind.” That is certainly good news to those of us who don’t want anything left behind….or right behind either, for that matter.

Although paper used specifically for this purpose dates back centuries, the first packaged t.p. in America was produced in 1857 in flat sheets, with the rolled and perforated advancement turning up about twenty years later. Previously, Americans commonly used corncobs and pages torn from newspapers, magazines and the Sears, Roebuck catalogue (AKA the Rears and Sorebutt catalogue). Then, in 1935, Northern Tissue came out with “splinter-free” t.p. (earlier production methods sometimes left splinters in the paper). Thankfully, I was born in 1936.

Unfortunately, this latest (2014) innovation apparently isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, it wobbles as it’s unwound, and for number two, tubeless won’t be as much fun for small kids, as it won’t fly off the roll as fast when they run with it — not to mention that there’s no tube left to play with when all is said and done.

Actually, there’s much more that could be said about this fascinating subject, but I gotta go.





6 comments on “WHEN YOU GOTTA GO….

  1. arekhill1 says:

    So we went from corncobs to tp in 1857 and were still ungrateful enough to have a Civil War anyway? Americans are an irascible lot.


  2. mistermuse says:

    That was a little before my time, Ricardo, but I’m guessing that because the 1857 t.p. was produced by Gayetty’s Medicated (with aloe) Paper of New York, it was just one more wedge issue between the North and South. The South had probably used cotton more than corncobs and felt pretty superior about it too, so the new t.p. was no doubt the final straw….speaking of which, why wasn’t straw used instead of corncobs pre-1857? Maybe we just used whatever was handy.


  3. This is priceless: “regular bath tissue” ! A new euphemism for toilet paper. 🙂 I’m going to run with it!


  4. mistermuse says:

    Way to go!

    I welcome your first-time comment and hope you continue to way-in as you see fit in the future (WARNING: more bad puns ahead if you do so).


  5. Don Frankel says:

    I’ve been off the grid for awhile as my trusty little laptop that has been asked to go way beyond the call of duty these last three years crapped out. But it is good to know that people in this country are trying, striving and innovating, as always. I guess “Waste not want not.” applies here.


  6. mistermuse says:

    Welcome back, Don – I was wondering why you hadn’t been heard from for a while. Judging by the t.p. photo, Kimberly Clark was looking for you too. I wonder what happened to her left eye – there’s something about it that’s not right.


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