Thursday, May 14, 2009
Green Tip: Cloth Dish Towels Instead of Paper Towels
An American household uses, on average, 1 1/2 rolls of paper towels per week. My partner and I used to go through at least 1 roll per week.
In an attempt to use fewer paper towels, we purchased last year 5 packs of these inexpensive dish towels from IKEA. We use them for cleanup and drying dishes.
When these dish towels become worn out, they'll have a second life as detail rags for my bike and car.
We haven't completely given up using paper towels. However, we are now able to make a roll last 4-6 weeks. We use paper towels mainly for cleanup after one of our chihuahuas has an "accident."
In the process of using cloth dish towels, we're saving money (those rolls of recycled paper towels from Seventh Generation don't come cheap!) and we're contributing to preserving our environment.
Speaking of green tips, Patty, a JVO blog follower, has her own blog (among several) dedicated exclusively to green issues called Green and Groovy Old Hippy. Check it out, especially her post describing how to make eco-friendly home cleaners.