Thursday, August 11, 2011

Eco-groovy or eco-nerdy? You be the judge.

At my workplace, like most in America, paper towels are offered in the bathrooms. I've often thought about bringing my own hand-towel to avoid using a (seemingly-) endless supply of paper towel, but have I followed through? Nope.

But I'm about to...because I've discovered PeopleTowels.  These handy-dandy little towels are made of 100% organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. They dry quickly and each has a hangtag so you can hang it to dry between uses. Check this out:


So, use your own towel and save trees, reduce landfill waste, cut CO2 emissions and conserve water? I'm convinced--I went on the website, and from the designs offered, I chose these 3:




How about you? If you think that PeopleTowels are eco-groovy, you can get 10% off when you buy two or more towels online --just use this "promo code": ambassadorr4eaw

Do you think it's time to BYOTowel?

8 comments:

  1. I just wipe my hands on my butt.  Ooops - TMI?

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  2. Nice job!  Groovy-nerdy.  My thing has been half-cocked recycling.  We diligently send used paper for recycling, but don't buy recycled content copy paper.  That's only observing half the equation which will never solve the problem.

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  3. You could also advocate for adding air dryers to the bathrooms in your workplace. None of the bathrooms where I currently work have paper towels (not surprising, since the whole mission of the place is conservation education). In fact, one has a really cool "turbo" drier that puts out air with such force that it blasts all the water off your hands in moments - the skin on your hands ripples like it's experiencing G-forces! Clearly I am easily amused.

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  4. Hygienists have said the air blowers blow any bacteria around to be caught by other people, and that doesn't apply to towels. I've also tried the turbo blowers - the ones by Dyson, at the Eden Project in Cornwall in England. *Very* fast suckers - they also save energy as the water gets sucked off so fast they only have to be used for seconds! (I am also easily amused.)

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  5. nerdy, yes---but groovy, moreso---like it a lot---have already gone to cloth only in home kitchen---hope the extra laundry water doesn't cancel out the good---I don't think so----the few towels and dishcloths I use in a week fit in the loads I already do---want to experiment with vinegar as laundry detergent--works great on glass and stovetop and carpet stains---will let you know how it works on laundry!  Anybody in Patricia's readership know?  A couple of squirts of pure vinegar instantly takes out wine stain on  carpet or blouse---no need for toxic chemical---

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  6. I completely agree with the concept. But, Devil's Advocate here: responsibly and sustainably managed forestlands are better than the alternative and shouldn't they be supported. In other words, I try to avoid use of much paper products, but prefer to make sure the paper products I do use come from good sources. I'm assuming there are some production costs associated with the towels. If they will eventually end up in a landfill, do they biodegrade as fast as a paper towel?

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  7. Hi David,
    Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, trying to parse out the pluses and minuses of cloth vs paper towels is kinda like wandering down a rat hole (or, in your case, a rat snake hole--I visited your website ;o) http://www.davidasteen.blogspot.com/  

    In my case, it's pretty clear tho. Since I often am often the only person working in the office, I can see that the pile of paper towels in the wastebasket are all mine. If the PeopleTowels claims are accurate--that the average persons uses 2,400- 3,000 paper towels at work in a year--then I'd have to guess that even if I tossed my cloth towel after a year, it just might biodegrade faster than all those towels (especially given how slowly things actually biodegrade in a landfill). But it's doubtless true that it would biodegrade slower than would a single paper towel.    

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