Trees are cut down. The “paper” in paper towels reminds us that our temporary convenience comes at the price of a tree which provides oxygen, shade, beauty, and a home to wild creatures. “Paper towels are made from virgin tree pulp,” says Kristin Arrigo, environmental columnist and author of Seasonal Home Repair Checklist: Eco-Alternatives for Maintaining Your Home. “Virgin” paper towels are those which have no post-consumer fiber.
They have a big carbon footprint. Energy, most of which comes from the burning of fossil fuels, is needed to harvest, manufacture, transport, and dispose of paper towels. Producing one 8-Ounce Roll of paper towels releases about 1.25 lbs. of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere. Think about it!
Paper Towels end up in landfills. You can’t recycle a paper towel — after it has been used and thrown away. it goes to a landfill. In fact, products like paper towels make up more than one-third of landfill trash, according to CarbonRally.com
How you can make a difference
Switch to a reusable and washable cloth or towel
Reusable cleaning cloths can be used for a variety of different household jobs
Such as some of the following:
- cleaning up wet & dry spills
- polishing furniture or appliances
- cleaning sinks & counter tops
- washing cars & boats
- drying off your furry pets