You can save money, save trees, and save space at your local landfill. Confused? Don't be. Paper towels can do all this by keeping them out of your shopping cart, finding a home on your counter, and not ending up in the trash.
The average family uses between one and five recycled tissue rolls a week. For us, this may be right in the middle, as some of us may have a minor Obsessive-Compulsive disorder when washing our hands. A little over a year ago, as part of our goal to live a greener, we decided to remove tissue from our homes. And when we say we really mean me.
The first days were a bit rocky. The first hurdle came when realized that with the average use of three rolls of tissue, that's about 150 sheets a week, or 21 sheets a day. Needless to say, 6 towels, even if they were a nice green, would not be cut in this house.
The second obstacle is to remind men that we no longer use wipes and don't keep them under the sink. When you have it, you will use it. To break the habit of reaching for disposables, you have to make them inaccessible – not only out of sight but out of mind as well.
Over the past year, we have effectively eliminated the use of paper towels for most of our lives. Towels, always neatly arranged next to the sink, serve as napkins, tea towels, washcloths, paper towels, and sometimes even as ribbons.