One thing Reach And Teach co-founder Derrick Kikuchi learned during his 17 years at Hewlett Packard was called "Next Bench" thinking. Always keep focused on what the person sitting right next to you might need in his or her life to make things easier/better/more efficient. As you work on a product, think about that person and how he or she might use it. So, we apply that to our own lives both at home and at work. That's why we were so excited when we discovered a product that could make our lives easier, save us money, and be good for the planet too.
So...... here's the story.
If you had to guess what made up one third of all landfill waste what would you guess? Go on, take a few moments and think about that one. Believe it or not, the answer is..... paper towels!
But.... I only use a few of those a day, you might say. Nope. The average family uses 100 rolls of paper towels a year. When we were working on "greening" Reach And Teach, we looked at all of our daily habits at work and at home and one of the things we quickly realized was how often we went for the paper towels for quick cleanups. Why? They're convenient, relatively cheap, and we figured we could toss them in the compost bin. If only.
Here's the lowdown on paper towels in the good old USA:
- 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used each year
- ⅓ of All Landfill Trash is from paper towels
- Average Person Uses 3,000 Paper Towels Each Year
- 100 Rolls Per Year Per Family @ $150 Per Person, 100 Trees and 125lbs of Carbon Dioxide
- Replace w/Skoy Cloths for just $15 a Year
Wait, what? There's an alternative to paper towels? Of course. Many public bathrooms have replaced paper towels with air dryers. Around the kitchen you can use a sponge, a rag, or.... Reach And Teach is pleased to offer, Skoy Cloths! We're one of very very few places in the Bay Area where you can get these terrific cloths.
We've secretly substituted our paper towels in our kitchen and in our San Mateo Green 11 soap refilling station area with Skoy Cloths and we like them so much we're offering them to our customers. Four cloths to a package, at just $7.20 each, can save you a lot of money and help the environment, including saving lots of trees. It takes ONE TREE to make a roll of paper towels, not to mention the energy, water, transportation....
About Skoy Cloth from their web site):
The Skoy Cloth is an innovative cloth that comes in an array of colors and designs and takes the place of your paper towels, sponges, rags, dishcloths and more.
It is a European made product and 100% biodegradable when properly composted because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. The Skoy Cloth is a chlorine-free, unbleached, and non-GMO product using water-based colors and inks. After an independent composting test, Skoy Cloth broke down completely within 5 weeks.
The Skoy Cloth is a durable product due to the reusability factor and can last months. Using a Skoy Cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home. With the high cost of paper towels, as much as $2 per roll, Skoy Cloth is the obvious choice for your wallet and the environment.
The Skoy Cloth has an absorption factor of 15x its own weight. As a result, producing the most superior cloth product available. Imagine using 15 sheets of good-quality paper towels at once… This is how a wet Skoy Cloth will feel in your hand.
The Skoy Cloth is long-lasting because of the wash-ability feature. It dries quickly, so it is not a breeding ground for bacteria. Have you ever used your sponge, then smelled your hand and it reeked of horrible bacteria? That will never happen again if you microwave your Skoy Cloth regularly. It is also dishwasher and washer/dryer safe. Cleaning your Skoy Cloth will keep it healthy and germ-free.
AND, the company was founded by two California moms who wanted to do something good for the planet while having fun (Skoy means fun). It doesn't get better than that for Reach And Teach or YOU!
If you'd like to try Skoy Cloths for yourself come visit our shop. For a limited time and while supplies last we might even give you one for free! We also sell packs in our shop and you can click here
to order them online.