Paper towels are one of those products like paper napkins that really only come wrapped in plastic (at least in the U.S. where I live!). I initially stopped buying paper towels because of the plastic wrap, but I soon realized throwing away endless paper towels to wipe up kitchen spills was pretty wasteful, and not a good use of resources.
Now I use reusable dishcloths instead.
Benefits of using reusable dishcloths:
- They work better to wipe up spills
- They save you money
- You don't have to keep going to the store to buy disposable products
I bought some dishcloths at a store, but my sister also knitted me a few! You can find the pattern she used here.
If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post. Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use. It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles. Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.