In addition to the season of holiday shopping, December also brings us to the close of another year and a time to start setting goals for next year. Establishing a paperless kitchen and living a greener life are great resolutions that you can make for 2013, and this month, we'll be giving you many tips for simple changes that you can make to decrease the size of your eco footprint.
In the kitchen, paper towels are one of the largest sources of waste. Earth 911 reports that 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used annually in the U.S. and that if each of us just used one less towel per day, we could save more than 5.7 million pounds of paper per year.
So what do you use in place of paper towels? Here's a few of our favorite paper towel alternatives:
- Bambooee Reusable Bamboo Towels are made from sustainable bamboo instead of paper. Machine-washable and reusable, the towels come in a roll of 20, which can be used in your paper towel holder. One roll of Bambooee towels is the equivalent to 60 roll of paper towels, which adds up to a big paper savings.
- SKOY cloths are individual towels made from cellulose instead of paper. The towels are 100 percent biodegradable and machine-washable. One SKOY cloth is the equivalent to 15 rolls of paper towels, and these handy cloths can be used for virtually any task you'd ordinarily use a paper towel for.
- PeopleTowels are certified organic cotton towels that are square rather than rectangular. The towels feature colorful graphics produced with low-impact inks and are ideal for drying your hands. Their small size makes PeopleTowels very portable, so you can use them in public washrooms, at the gym and anywhere else where you would ordinarily find paper towels.
- Full Circle Magnetic Stick'Em Dish Towel is a handy reusable dish towel that you can use to clean up messes and spills in place of paper. The towel is outfitted with a magnet, so you can keep it handy on the fridge to reach for when kitchen catastrophes strike.
All of these great paper towel replacements are available for purchase here at Paperless Kitchen. Which ones have you tried? Share your stories in the comments section.