Our family stopped using paper towels at home a LONG time ago, but we never really thought about our paper towel usage when we were out and about. We’d wash our hands at the mall or at a restaurant after eating, and grab a paper towel (though I sometimes just shake my hands until they’re fairly dry). When an hand dryers were available, we’d use those, but many bathrooms only offer paper.
This may seem like a small problem, but let’s put this into perspective: Paper towel use accounts for 3000 tons of landfill waste. Every. Single. Day.Â Not all paper products. Just paper towels. I’d venture a guess that most of these disposed paper towels are made from virgin fiber â€” not recycled. So in addition to the enormous amount of waste being created, paper towel usage also contributes to deforestation.
This simple dilemma sparked the idea for People Towels. Simply put, they are small reusable towels, about the size of a washcloth, that you can take with you wherever you go and use to dry your hands. They are available individually or in sets of 3 or 5. In other words, you can keep one in your purse, one in your desk, one in your back pocket, etc. so you’re never tempted to pick up a paper towel.
Check out this quick video from People Towels about the impact all of us can make:
Of course, you can also create a homemade version from scraps of fabric you have around the house, or just use extra washcloths for that purpose. That’s what we wound up doing after People Towels sent me a 3-pack to try a while back.
As much as I love the bold, modern designs, I fully admit it took a while for us to remember to take them with us. We still forget sometimes. But the idea is to break the habit both at home and while you’re on the go. When we’re out of clean People Towels, we’ll just take regular wash cloths to serve the same purpose.
Why It’s Green:
- People towels are made from 100% organic, fair trade cotton
- Designed to help eliminate the use of paper towels and unnecessary waste
Price: Starts at $8 for a single towel