Messes in the kitchen and home are inevitable. For most of us, it’s a no-brainer to rip off a perforated paper towel to clean up brown coffee rings staining the countertops or wipe up the sticky orange juice spill the kids left behind on the table. Simple and convenient, paper towels make common household messes a little easier to manage. We ball up the paper towel and shoot it into the bin without much concern for its impact.
After all, it’s only one measly paper towel, right?
What are the environmental benefits?
The reality is a little harder to swallow. As a country, we cut down approximately 110,000,000 trees yearly just satisfy the demand for common household paper products: scratch paper, paper towels, and toilet paper. Americans purchase these throwaway necessities on a regular basis. As a result, both our landfills and money pile up because of these repurchases.
Reducing the amount of paper towels we throw away actually has an impact on the planet—for the better! Though it seems impossibly tiny, as small as a single star in the sky, it makes a huge difference! Paper towels alone create six million pounds of waste per day. If you think about the amount of paper towels you could go through in a lifetime, you’ll start to see the significance.
When paper towels decompose in the landfill, they release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that traps more heat than carbon, contributing to rising global temperatures. Not to mention, cutting down more and more trees to meet the demand for paper towels results in less carbon-to-oxygen turnover. Anything we can do now to cut down on household waste will reduce these emissions and result in a cooler future.
What are reusable dish towels? How do they work?
Reusable dish towels like Fawn Organics’ SuperScandi cloths are completely natural paper towel alternatives made from a cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp blend—making it 100% biodegradable and kind to the environment. No methane here!
Each dish cloth functions like a sponge, absorbing 20 times more liquid than its weight! A single dish cloth replaces up to 15 jumbo paper towel rolls and saves you about 20+ dollars. Each dish cloth can be machine-washed and reused up to 200 times. You save big money in the long run.
More versatile than a microfiber cleaning cloth, they easily clean household surfaces, wash dishes, and mop up spills. The multi-use cloths can even be used to clean bathrooms, pets, cars, gardens, and office spaces. Renowned for their long-lasting performance, super absorbency, and quick-drying abilities, it’s no wonder these reusable dish cloths have been a domestic necessity in Sweden since the 1950s. We may be a little late to the party, but it’s never too late to show up!
Aren’t they annoying to use?
It’s a common misconception that sustainable living means putting in so much work.
It’s actually the opposite! Reusable dish cloths are even more convenient than throwaway paper towels. You will no longer have to scour store aisles for the last paper towel pack or throw your hands up once you realized you drove home without them. You’ll no longer have to rip off ten thin sheets to wipe up a small spill. Reusable dish cloths get the job done the first time. You only need throw them in the dishwasher or washing machine for a quick rinse off. With a 10 to 15-count multi-pack, you’ll be set for months.
Now with less throwaway products clogging your trash bins and the landfills, you can simply throw your used SuperScandi dish cloth onto your compost heap to let nature take its course. Completely compostable and biodegradable, you can throw your reusable dish cloths away and truly forget about it.
Do you use reusable dish cloths? What have your experiences been?
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