Tubeless toilet paper
Apparently, in some parts of the country, you can now buy toilet paper without the cardboard tube in it. It's a trial for Scott's bathroom tissue, to minimize the millions of tons of trash caused every year by people who don't recycle their toilet paper rolls but throw them into the trash instead. While I do think it's a great idea, I also can't help but think that there are A LOT of packaging-related items that I feel should have gotten the axe before they did away with toilet paper roll tubes. Like these super-annoying "clam shells" that everything seems to be packaged in these days. Not only is the plastic used not recycleable (as far as I know), they are also a royal pain to open. I would much prefer my product in a cardboard box (or even envelope, so it can still be hung from a peg in the store), with a picture of the product printed on it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks there are items, packaging or materials in general out there that we could safely discontinue - how about it? What do you think we need to get rid of next?