Do you recycle? I know it is more difficult when you are on the road full time because not every campground has recycling and sometimes bins for this can be pretty obscure. We have recycling here at North Ranch for magazines and pop cans but I take mine directly to the dump. I have to take my trash anyway. It is amazing to me how much cardboard and how many tin cans I can gather in roughly three weeks. The trash container is never full unless I have yard stuff to put in it but the recycle container is full in short order. I also try to make it as compact as I can.
Some companies, like Kimberly-Clark are “going green.” The makers of Scott Tissue have come up with an innovative way to save on trash. They are making their biggest change in a hundred years by going tubeless with their toilet paper, and a future consideration may be adapting that to paper towels as well. The less-than-perfectly round rolls still fit over TP spindles and they are good to the last drop…er…tissue.
The statistics on this product alone are staggering. The 17 billion TP tubes produced annually in the U.S.A. make up 160 million pounds of trash. While they say that most consumers toss the used tubes, this recycling consumer does not. Mine go into the recycle bag. Although it takes a special winding technology to do this, certainly it will save them money in the long run.
While the Natural Resources Defense Council applauds the company’s tubeless roll that helps reduce environmental impact, they feel it would be even more helpful if Kimberly-Clark used more “recycled content in the paper.” I’d have to think about that. Whatever they do, it has to be a better “end” result than the Sears-Roebuck catalogue we used in the outhouse on the farm, no buts about it.
I hope that if you aren’t doing it now, you will consider recycling. It is good for the sole (some shoes are made from recycled tires). God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered at most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”