Paper towels are convenient. You need to dry your hands? Paper Towel. Want a place to dry off some lettuce? Paper Towel. Uh oh, there is a spill, a splash, a drop or a mess. Paper Towel, Paper Towel, Paper Towel, Paper Towel.
Paper towels are convenient, light weight, small, and easy to store. Which is why 12 billion dollars’ worth of paper towels are sold worldwide every year. That is a lot of paper, and sure paper towels are convenient, but where does that paper come from and where does it go.
In the U.S. alone, paper towel use amounts to 13,000,000,000 lbs. of paper which is equivalent to 270 million trees chopped down for our convenience every year. Of course, when you add in the environmental costs of production, it goes beyond just the number of trees chopped down for that convenience. All told our paper towel consumption contributes to millions of metric tons of CO2 annually.1
Reading numbers like this and doing nothing is beyond my nature. Eliminating paper towel use altogether is not realistic but reducing our dependence on paper towels is something we can all do very easily.
There are alternatives to paper towels, and it starts with finding re-useable substitutes.
While looking into paper towel alternatives, I came across the SUPERSCANDI Swedish Dishcloths. I have been using them for about a month and so far they have surpassed my expectations.
They come in ten packs, and one cloth has the durability of 15 rolls of paper towel (one pack is equivalent to 150 rolls). They can be washed up to 50 times before breaking down and they are completely biodegradable. 100% compostable!
They also come in some really pretty patterns, but aside from the eco-friendly nature and cost-effective features, what I really like is that they don’t acquire that wet rag odor as they dry. The only downfall is that they stain pretty quickly, as I guess any other washcloth would. Therefore, I would recommend you to choose one of their darker options!
I’ll keep looking for ways to conveniently convene a more sustainable lifestyle. I’ve said “adios” to paper towels, and I hope it’s something you might consider as well.
Whether you’re camping, living the #Vanlife, or at home in a permanent residence, I think a paper towel alternative like the SUPERSCANDI Swedish Dishcloth, could easily fit your lifestyle.
Recommendation: All people.
Specs: 8.07 x 7.13 x 1.26 inches and 3.52 ounces
MSPR: $19.00/10 pack ($16.99 on Amazon)