Nonoluna's Take On Life

Unapologetically Me

Almost all of us use paper towel. It's awfully convenient and since it's a single use item, it's not going to breed bacteria in our homes. Nice, isn't it? That said, have you ever thought of reducing or eliminating your paper towel use? Now why would you want to do that? It's convenient so why stop? The hidden costs, that's why.

Every day, 3000 tonnes of paper towels make their way to landfills. That adds up to 1095000 tonnes a year and that's a lot. It also adds up financially for each household. Add the fact that paper towels are derived from timber and this is a convenience that makes less sense than it once did.

North Americans have a 50% higher paper towel use than Europe and 500% more than Latin America. Obviously, there are ways to survive without it.

Change is hard so start small. Do something manageable. The next time you see a spill and go to tear the paper towel off to wipe it up, consider using a cloth instead. Instead of using paper towel to put a snack on, use a plate. We can't change the world all by ourselves but we can change what we do and that adds up. 

Be part of the solution and remember that every little bit counts.

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Apr. 4, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Thanks for this info! Very good!

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Apr. 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Great info!


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Apr. 7, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Great info and I am happy to report that I already use a clothe towel for every spill but the drawl back from that is that I have more laundry.

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Apr. 21, 2011 at 2:57 AM

Makes good sense to me!! Thanks once again for your inspiration!!

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