This Smarty certainly has more pink in her life than green, but Dana, our green expert has made me more aware of how to live a green life. I try everyday to be cognizant of the disposable items that I use on regular basis that I could do without….bottled water, to-go cups, grocery bags, plastic utensils and Zip-lock bags in my girls lunch, etc.
One thing that I have tried to cut down on using is paper towels. Think about how many paper towels you can go through in one day? Then multiply that by millions of people. Crazy. Have you ever used a paper towel and then laid it out to dry? They can actually be used over again. I have also started to by select a size so that I would cut down on the amount of paper used each time. By the convenience factor makes these towels so easy to go through.
This past week, I just tried out reusable paper towels from the Reusable Paper Towel Co. I was excited to try an alternative to the convenient paper towel. The towels are made of super absorbent Birdseye diaper cloth and worked just as well as typical paper towel. Each towel is equal in size to select of size paper towel (roughly 8.5 x 11 inches). They come in packs of 12, 24, or 36. They also come with a dispenser that you can hang from a cabinet knob or door handle.
So I have to admit that I was skeptical. Why use a reusable paper towel instead of a regular dish towel? But I really liked using them. They still as serve a single serve cleaning option. You can go through several of them at a time, but with a 24 pack, I didn’t run out in between washings. They were absorbent and convenient without using a clunky dish towel. Another concern was washing them. I thought they would come out completely shrunk. They didn’t shrink much, and folded nicely. I did clean up some spaghetti sauce with one of them and it didn’t come out in the wash. Next time I will need to put some spray and wash on the stains prior to washing.
So I plan to continue to use Reusable Paper Towel Co.’s reusable paper towels and see if I can get rid of buying paper towels in the future (think of how much money I could save!) If you would like to try them out, go to http://www.reusablepapertowel.com