Use cloth instead of paper to clean the house
Limiting the number of paper towels you throw away is one way to reduce your personal impact on the planet. It may seem like a tiny thing, but it makes a difference. When trash sits in landfill, it emits methane—a greenhouse gas that traps more heat than carbon. Anything we can do to cut back on household waste will therefore reduce our personal emissions and contribute to a slightly cooler future.
According to the U.S. EPA, paper and paperboard products compose the largest percentage of all the materials Americans toss in a typical year, making them a great category to tackle first. There’s nothing more defeating than finishing a roll and feeling that moment of panic when you realize you have no more.
Instead of continuing to order massive boxes of paper towels that take up valuable cabinet space, try investing in Swedish reusable ones. They are sort of a paper towel/sponge/dish towel hybrid. They’re made from cellulose and cotton which allows them to absorb up to 20x their weight, so they become soft when they’re wet. Try them out and let us know what you think!