I won’t sit here and pretend to be the “greenest” person around. I know I’m not. I know I shouldn’t be driving all the way to Charlotte every day just for yoga and that I could live without air conditioning and that reusable shopping bags are only beneficial if you remember to bring them with you.
Still, I can’t say I’m not at least trying. I do, however, need to make a major change in one area in particular: paper towels. I use paper towels for everything. It’s insane. I won’t even tell you some of the things I use them for because it’s so completely unnecessary. OK, OK… sometimes I cover my cutting board with them because I don’t want to clean it. :[ I'm embarrassed.
Anyway, with my paper towel habit raging out of control, I knew I needed an intervention. Enter unpaper towels. I found these on Etsy at Made in the Red Barn and decided this would be a good start. The real selling point was the adorable unpaper towel dispenser that I also bought. I knew I'd never use them if they were folded in a drawer. So now they're readily available right next to the sink like my former paper-paper towels.
I’ve already tested the dispenser to make sure the towels come out one and a time. I also tested the towels themselves to make sure they’re absorbent but not overly thick like a real towel. Success. I love them.
Not only is this better for the world, it’s going to be much cheaper for me in the long run. Viva paper towels (my favorite) are not cheap. And with me using them so recklessly, they can really add up. The unpaper towels I bought are $23 for $24, which may seem pricey. But when you consider the fact that I can reuse them instead of buying new ones, I think they’ll end up paying for themselves.
If you’re in the market for unpaper towels (and shouldn’t we all be?), I recommend that you stop by Made in the Red Barn and buy from Kai. She was super responsive and shipped my order really quickly. She even threw in a sample of their hand dyed unpaper towels, which would be cute for parties when you want something other than white. I love it all. Check it out.