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November 25, 2009

Weaning Off Paper Towels

Papertowel The CDC recommends that you wash your hands after using a public restroom to prevent the spread of disease. But what about all that's wasted every time you use a paper towel? In fact, each person uses about 741 pounds of paper each year. That’s a lot of trees.

Recycled paper towels and electric hand dryers are great, but one company claims these solutions aren’t green enough. PeopleTowels claims that its organic-cotton hand towels produce no waste and reduce a user's carbon footprint. Also, they come in colorful designs.

The downside is that they can be pricey if you’re on a budget. And they're only available through the company’s Web site.

Other ways to lower your paper consumption: Use a handkerchief instead of tissues and clean your house using organic-fabric towels instead of paper towels. Also, request that your employer replace paper towel dispensers with hand dryers and encourage coworkers to bring their own hand towels to work.

--Julie Littman

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