Have paper towels become your best friend in the kitchen? You usually use paper towels for just about everything – wiping up the counter, cleaning up pet mess, wiping your kids spaghetti sauce face, cleaning your bathroom mirrors. Have you noticed that paper towels are thin and you have to use a million of them to get the job done? And guess what? You can’t recycle paper towels – yikes!
Check out what eHow Home says about paper towels,
Paper towels cannot be recycled the way other paper products can. They are generally already made of recycled paper products, and as the products get reused, the fibers get continuously shorter. Recycling paper towels would also raise concerns of bacteria and food waste, as they are used to clean up messes.
Baby steps to family green living
There are a few small steps you can make to family green living: purchase seasonal produce straight from the farm; furnish your home with second-hand treasures; give away gently used toys and books as presents; give consumable gifts and avoid adding clutter to peoples lives; use totes bags for groceries; start an art recycle box and use recycled items for art projects; go paperless in your kitchen.
Have you ever considered being more eco-friendly with a paperless kitchen? I’m here to say that if it has ever crossed your mind, it’s time to give it a try. Are you ready to break up with paper towels? Let’s get started!
How to start a paperless kitchen
- Say, “no” to paper towels. On your next shopping trip, skip buying paper towels.
- Purchase super cute cloth napkins with fun prints, kitchen wash cloths and towels (for a family of 3 with frequent guests over we have 12 cloth napkins, 10 dish cloths, 4 kitchen towels, 1 dish drying mat, and we wash weekly– crazy that’s all we use, right?)
- Create a simple system for the family to follow and agree on it. (example: green rags for soiled messes, blue rags for cleaning the counters)
- Make a home for each cloth item. Let your family know where each of the napkins and towels are stored (we store ours in baskets under cabinets and on the counters for easy access).
- Designate a basket just for your dirty cloth napkins and towels. You want to separate your dirty clothes laundry from your dirty cloths (we use a plastic bin with holes to let it air out).
Benefits of a paperless kitchen
- You’re being environmentally friendly– yay!
- You prevent waste from going into the landfills
- Cloth absorbs way more liquids than a paper towel
- You get to buy super cute cloth napkins, or why not make them!
- You save money and storage space (paper towels are bulky space suckers)
- You can use cloth napkins and towels for a variety of things like packing a snack
Join the discussion
How many paper towels do you use in a day? Do you use cloth napkins and towels in your home? Share how you keep your kitchen eco-friendly. Or let us know what’s keeping you from starting a paperless kitchen.