Zero Waste Challenge – Ditch Paper Towels | Did you know that “every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone?” This is a good opportunity to upcycle socks or any other piece of clothing that can’t be saved.
Let’s Cut Out Paper Towels!
Especially in the US, this can be a hard one for some families.
Did you know that “every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone?” And despite the paper towels being paper, we can’t forget the resources that go into producing them. It’s about 20,000 gallons of water to make one ton of paper towels.
I’m a little biased with this one as I grew up in a household that never used paper towels, ever. It was just considered one of those things, “wealthier” people used.
In our house, we used rags made from orphaned socks or from dad’s old ratty shirts. I never thought twice about it because it just made sense.
1. Making homemade rags from scrap material you have lying around is a FANTASTIC way to upcycle textiles and save SO much money. Seriously, I know there are a bunch of cute things you can buy but stop. There is absolutely no reason to buy something when it’s purpose is to clean up messes.
2. My grandmother taught me about using newspaper on glass if you want a streak-free finish. And my goodness, it works. I get the newspaper in the mail that I cannot stop (apartment problems), so I put those to good use before I recycle or compost them.
3. I always get asked what to do to drain oil if there are no paper towels. I use a baking rack on top of a baking sheet, works better IMO.
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To answer all of your questions about ditching paper towels, check out my post-Ditching Paper Towels – Answering your Questions.