On average, Americans throw away 13 billion pounds of paper towels a year. That is a staggering number!
So what’s the big deal about using paper towels?
- Paper towels are manufactured from wood, and wood comes from trees. So producing paper towels kills beautiful, oxygen-making trees.
- About 40% of U.S. landfill trash is paper products
- They’re expensive
- The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming
- Paper mills that produce paper towels are the largest industrial polluters in the US
- During the production process, paper towels are generally bleached with chlorine, which can cause dioxin, a highly toxic chemical that can cause cancer and birth defects in humans.
Find more information about going paper towel-less, here.
If every household in the US used just one less 70-sheet roll of paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year. 1
So paper towels suck for the environment, and our pocket books. However, they are useful, which is why so many people use them. The good thing is that there are many great eco-friendly substitutes! One great place to find them is the PaperlessKitchen.com: your one-stop shop for paper towel alternatives and green kitchen products.
The Paperless Kitchen was kind enough to send me a SKOY Starter Kit with 4 cloths. The SKOY cloths are really incredible!
Here are some fun facts about SKOY cloths:
- One SKOY cloth saves 15 rolls of paper towels
- 100% biodegradable and natural
- Reusable and machine washable
- Absorbs 15 times its own weight
- Non-toxic, chlorine-free and made using water-based colors and inks
Since I am a finance nerd, I like to see the actual cost benefit in scenarios like this. My family typically uses Bounty Rolls. An 8-pack of Bounty Rolls is around $13. So 60 rolls of Bounty paper towels would cost $97.50. The SKOY starter kit, which replaces an average of 60 rolls, costs $8.99. That’s a savings of $88.51!!
SKOY cloths can also be used as wash cloths and sponges. They can be cleaned in your dishwasher and are washer/dryer safe. You can also microwave it wet for 1-2 minutes to kill any germs.
What I thought:
When I first received them, they were stiff, and cardboard-like. Once they hit water, they transformed into a soft, durable cleaning cloth! I found them to be very useful in wiping down counters, messy toddler-hands, absorbing spills, and washing dishes. Since they’re stiff when dry, they don’t make a great replacement for drying hands, washing mirrors or as a napkin substitute.
My family is pretty reliant on paper towels, but we are making the switch and becoming a paper towel free home! I want to help you try it too, so I am having a giveaway!!
TWO Homemade for Elle readers will win a 4-pack of SKOY cloths!
Here’s How to Win:
Disclaimer: Paperless Kitchen.com provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. The giveaway is provided by me!
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