Thursday, February 11, 2010

Going green in baby steps!

Seems like everyone is "Going Green" these days. Using metal water bottles, fabric shopping bags, replacing their light bulbs... all just a few simple ways for people to lend Mother Earth a hand. But what about everyday household items we often take for granted? Paper Towels, for example.

Here's some food for thought. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it takes 51,000 trees per day to replace the paper towels that are disposed of each day.

51,000!?!?! Are you kidding me?

Americans send about 3000 tons of paper towels to landfills every year. Paper towels can't be recycled once they are used. Once you throw it away, thats it. It's off to it's new home in the landfill.

So what can you do?

I've recently come across a pretty amazing product called SKOY Cloth.
From Rambles and Shambles


It's a 100% biodegradable and all natural earth friendly cloth. Just one SKOY can replace 15 rolls of paper towels! Thats right... 15 rolls of paper towels.

To put that into perspective, in a recent study by Arizona State University "If each household in the U.S. reduced its paper towel use by just 3 rolls per year, it would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees."

Well, with just one pack of SKOY you get 4 cloths. That's about 60 rolls of paper towels you will be saving!
From Rambles and Shambles

They come in so many vibrant and pretty colors, too.

So what is it made of? Quoting their product card:
"SKOY is an environmental advance in cleaning cloths. This European made product is 100% biodegradable and is made from a unique blend of natural cotton and wood-pulp cellulose. SKOY cloth is non toxic, chlorine free, and made using water based colors and inks"

How do you use it? Simple! When you get your SKOY it will feel like a stiff, rough piece of cardboard. But when you apply water it transforms into a soft cloth! Simply squeeze out the water and it becomes the most absorbent paper towel ever. You can use it with house hold cleaning products, or just with water. To clean them, just toss them in the dishwasher or your washer and dryer,or to sterilize it just toss a wet SKOY in the microwave for a minute or two.

I've been using mine for about a 2 months and have already cut back significantly on my paper towel usage. I don't know where I would be without this product. It certainly is a great baby step in going green, especially if your not ready to start composting just yet ;) This is a great gift for any household and your kids will love cleaning with it or just wiping up messes!

I purchased mine from Sweet Baby Bottoms for $5.99 and they have more then paid for themselves.

So with that, in honor of Valentines Day, I'm teaming up with Rachel from Sweet Baby Bottoms to give away a 4 pack of SKOY cloths to show our love for Mother Earth!

Here's how to enter:
Simply leave a comment telling us what you do to try to be green.
You can also earn one extra entry for each of the following:

x1 for following this blog.
x1 for becoming a Facebook fan of SBB
x1 for following SBB on Twitter
x1 for ever 5$ spent at SBB's Store (just post your order # for confirmation)

That's a total of 5 entries possible. This is a one time entry deal, not daily.
Be sure that post a comment for each of these like this:

Bob - Following you on twitter
Bob - Fanned your FB page!

SO MAKE A NEW COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY :)

I will be posting the winner on Valentines Day @ 6pm Pacfic Time.

20 comments:

Bonnie said...

I follow your blog!!!
=)

Winkydinks said...

We try to use as many reusable things as possible - cloth diapers, kleenex, coffee filters, etc. We love skoy cloths!!! I've been using them about 6 months and they're still going strong.

Winkydinks said...

I follow your blog!

Winkydinks said...

I am a fan of SBB on FB!

Jessica said...

Oh, and I forgot the other part:
We use cloth diapers, replaced all of our light bulbs, and got bento boxes for the boys' school lunches to save on the plastic baggies.

Winkydinks said...

I follow SBB on twitter (@etsywinkydinks)

Jessica said...

fan of SBB on facebook!

Jessica said...

follow SBB on twitter (starbuxmom2boys)

Jessica said...

I follow your blog!

Jessica said...

just bought detergent from SBB last week! Order #2161729

Julie said...

I have been following your blog for a "long" time!

Julie said...

I've been a fan of Sweet Baby Bottoms for a "long" time!

Julie said...

I follow Sweet Baby Bottoms on twitter!

Julie said...

I cloth diaper, make my own cleaning products, we walk or take public transportation everywhere so we aren't contributing to all the cars on the road burning fuel.

Tami Pearson said...

we use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and i knit dish rags to use instead of paper towels!

Tami Pearson said...

i follow your blog!

Aimee said...

Following SBB on Facebook now!!
I already follow your blog on my RSS feed!!

Going green: I use dish cloths in place of paper towels (gonna check out these SKOY cloths though!), cloth diapers, mama cloth, use only 100% biodegradable cleaning products.

Stephie C said...

We are cloth diapering our new little arrival coming in the next month!

Stephie C said...

I follow your blog

Stephie C said...

fan of SBB on facebook :)