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.
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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.