Paper towel use accounts for 3000 tons of landfill waste every single day. Unfortunately, most of these are made from virgin fiber rather than recycled, which means that on top of creating thousands of tons of waste, our paper towel habit is contributing to deforestation.
Disposable paper towels have been one of my pet peeves for a while. Why do we need a disposable piece of paper to dry our hands? I tend to go for the method where you shake your hands dry over the sink, then wipe them on your pants or let them air dry. Classy, I know, but it beats wasting a piece of paper just to wash your hands, right? When I worked in an office, I'd get...questionable...looks in the restroom for this method.
Thanks to PeopleTowels, the anti-paper-towel crowd can wash our hands and dry them without causing such a stir. In fact, with the great modern designs available (check out the cute one above!), PeopleTowels might just be able to get folks who'd never considered paper towels as an issue to make the switch!
These 100% organic, fair trade cotton towels fit neatly into a purse or backpack. Check out this great video about PeopleTowels and the impact even one person can have by making the switch:
If you want to try to get your whole office to go reusable, they even offer discounted bulk pricing. If just one person can make an impact, imagine if an entire workplace ditched the disposables? You can find PeopleTowels in their online shop and at several shops in California, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts.
[h/t Triple Pundit]