Provoked by a TED Talk by Joe Smith, explaining about the amount of paper that goes to waste, and what impact it can have on the environment, we have decided to change paper hand towels in the restroom by reusable bathroom towels. The energy and water consumed to wash hands has a significantly smaller impact on nature than the usage of non recycled paper.
In the office of Vox Teneo in Belgium only we were using more or less 5000 tissues a month. A huge waste of material. We came to this number knowing that one person uses several tissues per wash and for obvious reasons washes one’s hands several times a day. We thought it would be better for our friend “Earth” to replace the paper with reusable towels. Plus it looks and feels more luxurious than paper don’t you think?
“We thought it would be better for our friend “Earth” to replace the paper with reusable towels”
Of course to avoid water waste by washing the towels we decided to collect as many used towels as possible before washing them. Our tip for that is to buy enough cloths that will allow you to last until you can fill the washing machine. Indeed we do not want to reduce waste on one side with paper to waste more water by running half empty washing machines.
Our aim is this act to be just the first of many “waste reducing” initiatives to follow (plastic straws, compost, etc.)