Another Wednesday "Waste Less" Tip: Papertowels

Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:55 AM by Romo

My co-worker was recently lamenting how many paper towels she goes through a day at work and decided to bring a cloth napkin to work with her. If only everyone would make that choice!

But if you aren't ready to do without papertowels altogether, consider buying the type that are perforated into smaller "half sheet" sections. I, for one, never need a full size paper towel to dry my hands. If you find you can't get by without the super-sized extra-absorbent heavy duty ones, consider keeping two types on hand--one for the big jobs, one for the small jobs.

And while you're at it, consider buying unbleached versions when they're available. The standard bleaching process contributes chemical pollutants to air, soil and water, and leaves dioxin--a carcinogen--as a byproduct in the paper towels themselves.

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