Wednesday, September 10, 2008

30 Things in 30 Days - #1 - Cloths Not Paper Towels

Since I seem to have limited time to post lately, and since people seem to keep asking me, "Can one person really make a difference" (OF COURSE THEY CAN!!), I have decided to commit the next 30 days to 30 simple posts on ways you can make a difference for our environment.

Today's "Thing" is to start using cloths instead of paper towels. We have a stack of dish and baby washcloths that we use to wipe up spills, wash the windows and mirrors, clean the counter tops and other surfaces, basically for anything you would use a paper towel for. In fact, about the only time I use a paper towel is when I need to line a bowl to put bacon on top of. And since I have been a vegetarian for the past 22 years, that is not often. On a side note, does anyone out there know of an environmentally friendly way to dispose of bacon grease? My family does eat bacon, and we pour the grease in a jar and then throw the jar away, which makes me feel guilty. Is it ok to scoop the grease into the trash once it has solidified? I would imagine that is fine... anyway, we also use baby washcloths to wipe my daughter's bum when we change her diaper. The only time we use disposable wipes is when we are out and about, which means we only buy the refill packs for the original plastic tub a couple of times a year. Give it a try. It will take some getting used to, but it becomes a habit to use and launder cloths. And if you buy paper towels, buy 100% recycled paper towels. And please make sure to recycle the packaging so as not to repeat the irony you see here in this picture I snapped while out on a walk recently...

1 comment:

Julia Schopick said...

Have you thought about the waste that is caused by using disposable menstrual products -- which are used once, then tossed into the environment? has recently posted a new Comparison Photo Page, which actually SHOWS (IN PICTURES) the amount of waste caused by ONE WOMAN'S tampon use in one month, one year, ten years, and forty years. (We based our photos on 18 tampons used per month, and estimated that most women menstruate for approximately 40 years.)

Please take a look at these photos:

I think you’ll be SHOCKED to see how much WASTE is created by using tampons. And I also think you'll agree with me that these 4 photos are worth AT LEAST A THOUSAND WORDS!

I hope you and your site visitors will enjoy looking at these photos. (Or maybe “enjoy” isn’t the right word! The photos are really horrifying in the amount of waste they show.)

PS: We are in the process of putting together the figures for menstrual pad use.

Thanks for taking a look!
Julia Schopick
The Keeper, Inc.

PS: The Keeper, Inc., is the manufacturer of The Keeper Reusable Menstrual Cup. With proper care, one Keeper can last up to TEN YEARS -- thus, saving the environment from a lot of waste. (To learn about reusable menstrual PADS, go to