Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bounty Paper Towels in Bulk . . . and Plastic

While giving a cooking lesson the other day, I was intrigued by my student’s paper towels.

Huh? No, they weren’t towels with unnecessary printed designs, which are colored with petroleum-based synthetic dyes that eventually end up seeping into our water supply.

Instead, the packaging of Bounty’s 15-roll bundle of white paper towels gave me pause because the entire package of towels was wrapped in plastic. Although I recognize that this is necessary and less wasteful than buying single rolls or packages of three, I was surprised to see that each of the 15 rolls was further individually wrapped in plastic.

It’s bad enough that the big paper companies use chlorine to whiten their paper towels, napkins and toilet paper (yes, you guessed it—the chlorine leaches into our water supply), but plastic wrapping within plastic wrapping?

I called Procter & Gamble and—surprisingly—received an answer not completely contaminated with corporate obfuscation.

According to Tyson, my customer service representative, Bounty sells bulk packages of paper towels containing rolls that are both plastic-wrapped and rolls not wrapped a second time. Some customers prefer the individually-wrapped rolls for sanitary reasons. After the opening of the outside plastic, unwrapped rolls can pick up unwanted dirt and debris.

Stores’ ordering preferences determine availability.

13 comments:

Joe said...

Yes, check before leaving store! I have tried many other brands of "green" paper towels and they are all lacking in absorption and strength. It is hard to give up Bounty, I must say, but get the "Select-a-Size" so you can use just half a sheet for small jobs.

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