About 10 years ago I read an article about a family who used NO paper products in their home. At the time, I was shocked, wrote them off as radical, and filed it under the “crazy things to marvel at” category.
Fast-forward to now. In the past year, our family has gone through only 4 rolls of paper towels. We reserve them for serious issues like pet messes and puke.
So what’s the alternative? Un-paper towels.
If it sounds radical to you, it’s really not, I promise. Here are some tips to get started:
- Start small. Every time you wash your hands, instead of grabbing a paper towel, use a cotton kitchen towel.
- If you can do that, purchase or make some cloth napkins to use at mealtimes. There are some beautiful cloth napkins on sale at One King’s Lane.
- Then, pick up or make some inexpensive bar towels to use for your everyday kitchen messes. These small steps really help decrease the amount of paper waste in the household. It’s greener, plus you’re saving money by not buying paper towels.
- If you really like the convenience of paper towels, try these snapping towels from Mamamade (pictured). They’re made by an awesome WAHM.
- If you’re handy yourself, you can also just take fabric scraps (many of mine are from an old cotton baby blanket), cut them, and serge the edges.
Worried about extra laundry? Don’t. Just toss the towels in a hanging wetbag in the kitchen, and toss ‘em in when you’re doing a load. They’re relatively small, so they will barely make up 1 extra load a week.
What do you think? Could you try unpaper towels?
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