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! Wait what? But.... I only use a few of those a day, you might say. Nope. The average person 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 Person @ $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've secretly substituted our paper towels in our kitchen and in our 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....
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to visit our web store. And... if you happen to be in the San Mateo area June 7-15 2014, visit the Reach And Teach exhibit at the San Mateo County Fair.
You might just run into plastic bag monster who will teach you all about alternatives to paper towels, plastic bottles, and single-use bags. (Yeah, the bag monster will be none other than Craig Wiesner - something you've just got to see to believe).