Plastic Free July Day 16

Plastic Free July 16: Get rid of those paper towels! | Cellist Goes Green

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.