Monday, September 15, 2014

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and #Giveaway

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and Giveaway
An estimated 17 billion cardboard
tubes are thrown away each year
What do you do with toilet paper tubes?

Search the Internet and you'll find a host of creative uses for them. I, myself, have reused them as seed starters, composted them, and recycled them.

Keeping them out of a landfill is great but that's just one half of the equation. The other half involves the manufacturing process. As with any product, tubes require resources and energy. If a company doesn't make their own tubes, then packaging and transportation are also added to the environmental cost. And, of course, not everyone finds a use for them ... billions end up in landfills each year.

Toilet paper has been married to the cardboard tube for more than 100 years. What if we eliminated the tube? Radical thought, right? Well, guess what ... Scott Naturals® has done exactly that!

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and Giveaway
Scott Naturals® Tube-Free
I was invited to try Scott Naturals® Tube-Free toilet paper.

As with all the products that I review, I asked questions. I wanted to know if the toilet paper is made with recycled content and how the product is packaged. I also wanted to know about the company's environmental policies.

I learned that Scott Naturals® Tube-Free toilet paper is the only major brand that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. The FSC has confirmed that this product has been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.

The company tried adding recycled content to the product but found that the quality and softness was compromised. They are currently researching alternative fibers for potential use in the future.

According to my company contact, "The Scott Naturals® Tube-Free bath tissue packaging contains 40% recycled fibers and 20% recycled content in packaging."

She further stated, "As a company, Kimberly Clark is focused on sustainability. 100 percent of its fiber is sourced from certified suppliers and the total amount of fiber used has been reduced by 24 percent through implementing progressive fiber policies and goals. Kimberly Clark also achieved a 26 percent reduction in manufacturing water use since 2010 and managed to divert 80 percent of manufacturing waste from landfills, both by helping users of its products identify alternative solutions and by finding opportunities to reduce waste in our manufacturing process."

I wanted to know more because paper involves trees which are vital to our environment. So I dug a little deeper.

At one time, Kimberly Clark's environmental track record wasn't great. A grassroots student activist campaign against the company opened their eyes and they made some serious changes in the way they conducted their business. They looked for ways to promote forest conservation and responsible forest management. One of their goals was to purchase 100% of wood fiber from suppliers that gain independent sustainability certification from the FSC. Today, they have completely achieved that goal and continue to search for ways to protect the planet and natural resources. They have won several sustainability awards (find the list HERE).

They took the public's concerns about the environment seriously and created what is, today, an environmentally responsible company.

Did I like the product? Read on ...

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free - Review and Giveaway
No cardboard tube in this tissue!
The roll holds 400 unscented one-ply sheets. Typically, one-ply sheets are thin and flimsy. Not so with this paper! In fact, before reading the package, I was sure that it was two-ply ... it is thick and sturdy.

My toilet-paper rod slips easily through the roll's opening. And at the end of the roll, the final sheet slips easily off the holder.

The paper is appropriate for use in septic tanks.

Truthfully, there's nothing "not to love" about this paper! And, there's everything to love about reducing waste!

Would you like to try some for yourself? How about a giveaway?

Scott Naturals® Tube-Free Giveaway

The generous folks at Scott have graciously agreed to sponsor a worldwide giveaway. What's up for grabs? One Eco-friendly bathroom makeover kit, including Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper, natural bathroom cleaner, natural bar soap and CFL light bulbs. WhooHoo!!

Please Note ... while the giveaway is open worldwide, Scott Naturals® Tube-Free is currently only available for purchase in the US.

Good Luck!

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I received Scott Naturals® Tube-Free Toilet Paper in order to write this review. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and reflect my honest opinion of the product reviewed.

Images courtesy of Scott Naturals® Tube-Free, SOMMAI at, and ... me!