Live Green Mom continues her “Green” Summer…
Over the past year I have been using less and less paper products. My economy sized package of 12 rolls of paper towels that I bought at the price club? I’ve had it for a couple of years. I only use about a roll every few months. If that! No kidding. I use old wash cloths to clean everything now. (I’m working towards as little one-use products, such as paper towels & napkins, paper plates, etc, as possible.)
So as of February, I use washcloths now as napkins. I know there are nicer cloth napkins, but for my family and everyday use, plain old white washcloths do just fine. I got a package of 15 for $7.99 at the price club.
One person asked me if it was really worth it, if having to wash these on a regular basis somehow negated the good it did by not using a paper product. Consider this: someone has drive a truck to go and cut down trees, transport those trees in a large truck to a process mill, get processed, then use energy to process that into a napkin. Then it is transported to a store which you drive to, buy them, drive them home, then use once. That is quite a bit of fuel, energy, and resources to create a product used once, then thrown away. Yes, I believe it is worth it.
I have a system in my house for washcloths: the nicest, newest ones are the table napkins. The ones that are starting to get stained and dingy are in a bin in the kitchen as out ‘paper towel’ substitute, for when you spill the orange juice or spaghetti sauce. The rattiest ones become my wash/mop rags.
This is a small, painless green step that invites the conversation with your children, their friends, your friends, etc. Living by example! Since starting this in February, it has been a no-brainer, sort of a ‘why didn’t I do this sooner?’ type of change. If more people would make this small change, imagine the impact!
My kids both had play-dates the day I did this and pointed them out first thing to their friends.
“We’re being green!” my daughter proclaimed proudly. Yep, we are.