I’m thinking that before paper towels we did a LOT of laundry, but I’m about to find out for sure. I’ve decided that I’m going to take another step toward “green.” I’m going paperless in my kitchen. I’m determined to save the environment and save money.
I know that most of y’all think that’s crazy, but I’ve considered this for a long time. It galls me to tears to buy bulk paper towels and rip off the huge plastic sheet that encased them to throw away. Often, I have to take the plastic that surrounds each individual roll and throw that away, too. That’s a trash can full of unnecessary packaging. Doesn’t that strike y’all as wasteful? It does me.
I examined how I use paper towels when I have them readily available. Heck, I can go through a roll of them a day:
- If I wash my hands in the kitchen, I’ll grab a paper towel to dry them … even though the dadgum dishcloth is hanging right there!
- I spill spaghetti sauce on the stove, and do I use the dishrag to wipe it up? No. I reach for a wad of paper towels.
- One of the five cats barfs on the floor. What do I do? I take several sheets of paper towels to get the icky stuff up. Then, I get a cloth rag to wash scrub the spot on the carpet. Not only have I wasted paper, but I still have a cloth to wash.
Last week, I read an article at BlogHer about money saving green habits. It fed me a link to a post about creating a paperless kitchen at Simple Mom. The author, Maya Bisineer, made the process seem simple enough (she didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know, but she gave me hope). She had to factor in small children. I don’t have any of those around here, so it would be easier for me. I only have to train Mr. Tucker. The idea began to float around in my mind.
Then I went to BigLots! Do you have one of those near you? They sell overstock and closeout merchandise. Most of the time, their inventory looks like cheap junk to me, but I found washcloths … lots of them! Washcloths? Yep. They are about the size of a paper towel and they are absorbent. They were a perfect replacement for the paper towels.
There were some that matched my kitchen, so I snatched them up, along with some new dish towels and some static cleaning cloths (for the cat vomit). None of it broke the budget. I figure that if I can’t stick with the green program, I’ll still use the cloths.
Thankfully, Mr. Tucker is on
bored board with the idea. He’s a little skeptical, but he’s willing to give it a whirl. He did make me promise (Scout’s honor) that we would NOT go paperless in the bathroom … and that I wouldn’t start wearing little floral handkerchiefs tucked in my bosom (like my Grandmother did) so I could wipe my nose.
I swear, Honey. We are only going paperless in the kitchen!
So tell me, have you tried this paperless approach? Do you have any other suggestions for re-using, recycling, or going green? Who knows what hare-brained idea you can get me to try next to save the world?