I’ve had the same roll of paper towels for over a year. Know why?
Because I don’t use them!
I’ve given them up. And it wasn’t as uncomfy a change as I thought it would be!
For dinner, we use cloth napkins. And we use them more than once. They are huge and we’re not two-year-olds. We don’t exactly get food all over our faces anymore.
After my man’s cotton t-shirts grow too stretched out at the collar for him to wear to work, I sleep in them or he uses them for yard work. When they grow thin, I cut them up and use them as rags. Once the white ones become too ratty, I’ll cut them into tiny pieces and toss them in the compost.
Old, cut up towels absorb better than t-shirts, but they’ll both do the job.
If we eat out or have take-out and the person behind the counter gives us too many napkins, I take those home and put them in a drawer. I never run out of rags, but if there isn’t a rag lying around to grab or the only ones I can reach are dirty, I grab for the restaurant paper napkin. I wipe up my spill and throw it in the compost.
When did we move from cloth napkins to paper napkins anyway? And why? Have you switched over? Would you? What could be reused in place of napkins?
More paper towel articles:
- Green Resolutions: Using Less Paper Towels (1800recycling.com)
- Make Paper Towel Ghosts (education.com)
- Which Is More Eco-Friendly: Paper Towels or Hand Dryers? (bellasugar.com)
- Do Your Part: Paper Towels (charlotte.news14.com)
- Bacteria can thrive on paper towels, says study (cbsnews.com)