More often than not, consumers are finding that leading a greener, simpler life is also more economical. One of the most wasteful things we spend our money on and dispose of every day without regret is the paper towel. What would modern society do without them, right? But, have you ever paused to think that these convenient little throwaways that cost about a dollar per roll are crowding landfills at alarming rates? This results in 254 million tons of trash every year. Once used, paper towels cannot be recycled. As many as 51,000 trees per day are required to replace the number of paper towels that are discarded every day. Other facts you need to know about paper towels include:
- 40% of U.S. landfill trash is paper products.
- The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming.
- The average American discards of 700 pounds or more of paper each year.
- If every household in the U.S. used just one less 70-sheet roll of virgin fiber paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year. Change that to using three less rolls per U.S. household per year, and that would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees.
- Your typical paper towel is manufactured using chlorine, which releases carcinogenic dioxins and furans.