I spent some time in the beautiful Asheville, NC last week and picked up this very simple and very quick switch that I just had to pass along. The tip came straight off a printout posted in the restroom at “The Hop” ice creamery near downtown. I wish I would have snapped a picture of it for you, but, um, there was ICE CREAM.
Today I called the fun folks who run the place and they happily texted one right over (how cool are they?!).
This quick switch is so simple and it completely works—and I am utterly qualified to assure you of this point. Have you ever seen my hands? When I was born they marveled at the length of my fingers. I can palm a basketball and reach two keys past an octave on the piano.
Chyea. I have always been a two-towel user.
Not anymore. 12 shakes and I am ready to pat dry. In one week alone I have saved approximately 28 paper towels.
Paper towels are not perfect, obviously. I wish they were not a thing, but we live in a world where sometimes it is either use the paper towel or drip dry…in a public bathroom (EWW). This simple little tip from my new friends at The Hop can help us squelch the unnecessary wasting of trees and energy.
And I am all for that.
Here are a few other tips on how to thwart the paper towel problem:
- At home – Don’t even buy them! Save cash and ecological angst by barring disposable products from your home. Hand towels and kitchen cloths are luxuries meant to be used, and old t-shirts/sheets/towels are great for cleaning.
- At work – If you spend most of your day in one place, consider stocking your office with fresh towels. In my last workplace I had a hook behind my door for a hand towel. I would take it with me to the restroom, return it to the hook after, and then tote it home for a wash at the end of the week.