Waste Not, Want Not

Here are some very unsettling facts about paper towel usage in the United States…

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  • The average person uses 2,400 – 3,000 paper towels at work, in any given year.
  • Every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone.
  • If every household in the United States replaced just one roll of paper towels (70 sheets) with reusable cleaning cloths, we could save 544,000 trees.
  • To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed.
  • 3,000 tons of paper towel waste will have been created by midnight tonight. That’s about the weight of 3,000 economy cars.
  • Harvard University estimated that paper towels often account for 20 to 40 percent of waste (by volume) from office buildings or dorms.
  • Decomposing paper towels produce methane gas, a leading cause of global warming.
  • 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used each year. That’s over 45 pounds of paper towels per person, per year.
  • 90% of American households use paper towels for cleaning every day.
  • If every American reduced the number of paper towels they use by just one per day, we would divert 571,230,000 pounds of paper waste each year.

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Yikes, it’s hard to digest facts like that! Paper towels are so convenient and easy to use, but our environment pays a hefty price for all that convenience.

Here are some ideas to help reduce our paper towel habit

  • Use the hand dryer whenever possible.
  • Shake off your hands before drying them.
  • Switch to reusable options, like DOC Cloths

For hand drying: DOC recommends using micro fiber cloths. They are soft, absorbent and save a ton of paper towels. Just throw them in the washing machine regularly to sanitize.

For cleaning: DOC recommends bamboo fiber DOC Cloths. These all natural cloths are absorbent, reusable and absorb 99.9% of bacteria and germs. Then, they rinse clean with warm water.

 

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