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Toilet Paper News: Kimberly-Clark Goes Tubeless!

Sep 8, 2014


Kimberly-Clark is dropping the cardboard tube in its Scott Naturals brand toilet paper. The tubeless roll is designed to work with any toilet paper dispenser.

Ever get to the end of a roll of toilet paper and just through the roll away in the trash? By doing so you and the other millions of Americans are contributing an estimated 17 billion toilet paper rolls that end up in landfills and garbage dumps every year. According to Kimberly Clark Corp. that’s enough to fill the Empire State Building not once but twice! To try to help alleviate this environmental problem Kimberly Clark will launch the first ever tubeless paper towel roll under Scott Toilet Paper. To celebrate the launch and long hours of engineering a tubeless roll of toilet paper, Kimberly Clark has made a 30 foot replica of the Empire State Building, made out of toilet paper rolls, to celebrate the nationwide launch.

According to the Journal Sentinel, “More than 100 years after a cardboard tube was first inserted into a roll of toilet paper, engineers in Wisconsin have taken the tube out — a move that might sound awkward for consumers, but is aimed at reducing paper waste.” See Rick Barrett’s When You Gotta Go: Toilet Paper Maker Ditches The Tube article for details. 

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Practice Safe Drying: Jet Dry vs Paper Towels

Nov 15, 2013

According to Kimberly-Clark:

KC_Practice Safe Drying


Jet air dyers increase bacteria count on fingertips by up to 42%, while hot air dryers increase germs by up to 194%!





KC_Practice Safe Drying2Jet air dryer surfaces have contamination levels 75 times higher than the average toilet seat. In a recent mall study, jet air dryer users touched its surface an average of 13 times in a single use. The air blast forced every single person to touch the dryer.



KC_Practice Safe Drying3Drying with a paper towel actually decreases germs by up to 77%. Touchless towel dispensers really are touchless, with very few germs found on their surfaces.




KC_Practice Safe Drying4According to a 2009 study conducted for Kimberly-Clark Professional, people spend an average of 21 seconds using a jet air dryer vs 10 seconds for paper towels.

Kimberly-Clark responds: Scott Toilet Paper is Smaller

Dec 8, 2010

In the past year, we have covered the phenomenon of shrinking toilet paper.

Though Chimp’s toilet paper (a blogger from Planet of the Chimp) has grown smaller, he still has remained loyal to his toilet paper brand- Scott. He wrote to Kimberly-Clark asking why the toilet paper is smaller and received this response:

Thanks for your e-mail about SCOTT® bathroom tissue. We are sorry that you were disappointed with your recent purchase and appreciate the opportunity to respond.

We recently increased the strength of our tissue and aligned the roll width to match other tissue products on the market. SCOTT 1000 bathroom tissue remains committed to always delivering 1000 sheets on each roll, while giving our consumers the quality of product they expect.

We appreciate your interest and would like to send you some cost-saving coupons through the mail. If you are interested, please send us a follow-up e-mail with your mailing address. Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Consumer Services, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Lead the world in essentials for a better life.

Chimp continues to buy Scott toilet paper, stating that, “it still seems to last longer than the “soft” tissues…Don’t like the real soft ones as I feel the harsher ones clean better.” He also uses moist wipes at home.

Do you continue to buy the same toilet paper although it is smaller?

Next week, we will be posting our office’s results on a toilet paper survey. Employee bathrooms were stocked with two different toilet papers, and they were rated on quality, strength, softness and absorbency. Stay tuned!

Check out the Use and Choose Toilet Paper Survey Results.

Kimberly Clark Jumbo Toilet Paper’s 25th Birthday

Nov 10, 2010

Today is the 25th birthday of the Kimberly Clark innovation, Jumbo Roll Tissue (JRT) Toilet Paper. This is significant because jumbo toilet paper has contributed to restroom culture, found in airports, restaurants, stadiums and movie theaters. These extra big rolls of toilet paper reduce the need for servicing bathrooms to replace supply.

When the jumbo-sized roll was first introduced in 1985, most public restrooms only offered single toilet paper rolls, similar to what people use at home. JRT changed all that by providing the equivalent in length of 10 standard toilet paper rolls in one giant roll.

To celebrate, Kimberly Clark unveiled a jumbo toilet paper cake at the ISSA/Interclean trade show in Orlando (shown left).

Stock your restrooms with toilet paper dispensers and rolls at for big savings and fast delivery!

Kimberly Clark Toilet Paper Goes Tube Free

Oct 27, 2010

Scott Tube Free Toilet PaperNext month, Kimberly-Clark is unveiling a new product for retail stores. Coreless toilet paper in household roll sizes!

Of course, there are already coreless toilet paper rolls sold, generally wholesale for businesses and high volume toilet paper dispensers.

Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper will be sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the Northeast.

Why go coreless?

An estimated 17 billion cardboard tubes are thrown away each year, enough to circle the Earth’s equator more than 45 times, as reported in USA Today. Some people use the cardboard tubes from toilet paper for arts and craft projects, but most end up in the trash. The new tube free toilet paper may appeal to environmental groups.

Our own Toilet Paper King, Kenn Fischburg, said that some toilet paper cardboard tubes actually end up flushed down the toilet. In an interview with AOL News, he said,

You’d be surprised at how many people clog up toilets with the cardboard tubes. You run out of paper and, out of anger, shove the tube in the toilet, or people will do that as a prank.

The tube free toilet paper rolls will retain their shape without the core and still fit on standard toilet paper dispenser spindles.

Are you going to go coreless? Or do you reuse the cardboard for other uses?

Quilted Northern Toilet Paper Deemed Unworthy of Trademark

Oct 13, 2010

A Chicago federal district court judge recently decided that Georgia-Pacific, that produces the Quilted Northern brand, could not trademark its quilted diamond design. The AM Law Litigation Daily reported on the issue.

The reason was that the diamond pattern was found to be a functional part of the product. According to Judge Kendall, “the degree to which Georgia-Pacific emphasized the utilitarian benefits of the quilted diamond design in its advertising” actually strengthened Kimberly-Clark‘s argument that the design was functional, and thus not suitable for trademark.

Kimberly-Clark uses a quilted diamond design in their Cottonelle Ultra, Scott Ultra, and Scott Extra Soft toilet paper brands.

Do you think that the quilted diamond is functional or aesthetic?

Kleenex Brand Facial Tissues History

Apr 23, 2010

Kleenex Facial Tissues BoxesKleenex brand facial tissues is now a recognized brand name for facial tissues. The name Kleenex alone is synonymous with facial tissues! But Kleenex facial tissues were almost never recognized for their use as disposable handkerchiefs. The story behind Kleenex facial tissues began in 1924, when the tissues were first marketed for using to remove cold cream from the face.

Advertisements were featured in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Redbook stating that Kleenex facial tissues were celebrities’ beauty secret.

A researcher at the Kimberly-Clark company was responsible for the idea to market Kleenex tissues as a disposable and soft handkerchief. He convinced the advertising sales department that Kleenex facial tissues could also be used in place of cloth handkerchiefs, and they began running ads focused on this purpose. Kleenex Facial Tissues Advertisement

Kleenex sales flourished after that! Thus, the historic brand name became a beloved household and bathroom product.

Check out Kleenex facial tissues at as well as other brands of facial tissues. For more information about Kleenex brand facial tissues history, see Kleenex Brand Through the Decades.

Flushable Wipes vs. Toilet Paper: What Works Best?

Apr 22, 2009

Though flushable wipes are marketed as a safe alternative to toilet paper, many people are still questioning whether or not these innovative wipes are the best choice for their pipes. To test this question, reporters for News Channel 5 of Cleveland, Ohio, took toilet paper and flushable wipes by a couple of leading paper companies and compared them.

To see how these claims hold up, a recent Consumers Report put three wipes, along with plain old toilet paper, through a disintegration test. It simulates what may happen when flushing and gives consumers a look at how the product could affect their pipes. Toilet paper tends to break down in about eight seconds. In contrast, flushable wipes lasted well beyond 30 minutes.

Kim Leman of Consumer Reports said of the experiment, “Although they say flushable, our disintegration tests show they don’t break down easily, which could pose problems with your plumbing or septic system.”

A spokesperson for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, which manufactures Scott and Cottonelle, defended the use of flushable wipes and said in a recent statement, “The Consumer Report article does not identify which test method was used to rate the various tissue products, and the story also indicates that further tested needs to be undertaken. There are industry-standard flushability test methods, which have been peer reviewed and accepted by both tissue manufacturers and public works authorities. Kimberly-Clark has performed extensive testing of our flushable wipes products using these methods and all our flushable wipes products pass the relevant tests.”

A Charmin spokesperson also said Charmin Wipes have been tested and are flushable and compatible with functioning household drain lines and sewerage and septic systems.

So what’s your take? Are flushable wipes a better way to do your business, or is classic Toilet Paper a better choice?


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