No More Paper Towel Green - Our Daily Green

Monday, January 3, 2011

No More Paper Towel Green

To kick off the 2011 year, this week Our Daily Green will highlight different ways to reduce, reuse or recycle everyday products. We challenge our readers to adopt some of these ideas to save money and the environment in the coming year. Today's challenge, as indicated by the post title is to...

Stop buying paper towels, completely.

Really. Put away your paper towel dispenser and stop buying them. You don't need them. Switch to cloth towels and napkins. Invest in a microwave dome to cover food that you reheat. See how long you can go without buying a single paper towel. Wipe up spills with a towel, sponge, or mop.

If your world is anything like ours, you have more towels than you know what to do with and you do laundry at least once or twice a week. Use your towels, launder them and reuse them. Kitchen towels aren't decorative, they are functional. Clean windows and mirrors with newspaper or microfiber towels.

Stop thinking that the only way to dry or clean the items in your home is with a paper towel. Use what you have and don't worry about buying thicker and stronger and more absorbent paper towels.

people towelsWhen in public, either use a hand dryer or carry your own small personal towel. People Towels have several quick drying, fun, sustainably themed towels for just such a purpose. Personally, few hand driers accomplish their purpose and I wind up wiping my hands on my legs, but I've decided that there is no reason I cannot carry my own towel since I'm not a fan of airdriers.

With very little thought and effort, paper towels can go the way of 8-track tapes and black & white televisions --- something that seemed like a good idea at the time, but quickly became dated and less useful than we originally thought.

For every roll of paper towels NOT used, we save water, trees, energy to make the paper and landfill space.

Any other ideas?

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