The quickest picker upper…

Categories: Community Voices, Social Action

I grew up having paper towels handy for many uses, especially in the kitchen. Wash your hands; dry with a paper towel. Spill on the floor; wipe with a paper towel. Rinse fruits and vegetables; spread to dry on a paper towel. You get the idea.

Once we started composting, we would add the used paper towels to the compost. At some point, just like with cloth napkins, we realized a more sustainable practice would be to use reusable towels.

Many people already use towels in the kitchen to dry dishes. A separate towel can be used to dry hands. Other “utility” towels can be used for drying after washing lettuce or other vegetables and fruits.

We have recently stopped using paper towels to clean up spills and use rags instead. We cook most nights, and with everyone home for more meals these days, we inevitably spill or drop something on the floor. An old washcloth or towel makes cleaning up just as easy. We keep a stack of rags under the kitchen sink so they are always handy. Once they have been used a few times, we put them in the wash with the other rags that have been used around the house.

Not only can you save money and reduce paper consumption by eliminating paper towels, reusable towels and rags often do the job better than a paper towel.

Give it a try and see!



 Looking for a new spiritual home?
You are welcome at Beth El.

Recent blog posts

The Fabrics of Our Lives

Americans are fashion conscious. Particularly, they like to buy new clothes. There is even a term, “retail therapy,” that is often associated with purchasing items of clothing to elevate one’s mood. Cheap clothing at mainstream retailers lets people change wardrobes and styles as frequently as their wallets allow. While these habits can help support the…

Read More
Read more

Junk Mail

Junk mail. Its very name implies something that we don’t want or need. I know at our house, it tends to make up the majority of the mail we get any given day. What can you do with it all? Some people recycle it, either at home or bring it to the closest Abitibi bin,…

Read More
Read more

What We Talk About When We Talk About Plastic Recycling

Try to imagine a day where you go without using plastic—it’s impossible. From yogurt containers to shampoo bottles to takeout containers, plastic is a part of our daily lives. Just a few years ago, this didn’t bother many people because recycling plastic was easier and more commonplace. South Hills townships used to recycle all plastics…

Read More
Read more