15 May '12, 5pm

Help Save 571,230,000 Pounds of Paper Towels via @Earth911

Help Save 571,230,000 Pounds of Paper Towels via @Earth911

13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the U.S. every year. If all Americans used one less paper towel a day, 571,230,000 pounds of paper would be spared over the course of the year. One man has a simple strategy to make it happen. Joe Smith , former District Attorney for Oregon’s Umatilla County and former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party, unleashed these statistics during March’s TEDxConcordiaUPortland event in one of the most straight-forward TEDx talks we’ve ever stumbled upon. The problems with paper towels are many-fold: they don’t contain significant amounts of fiber for recycling and when they’re dirty or wet, they degrade even further and become non-recyclable. And paper towels soaked in oils, pet or baby waste or other harmful substances should be steered clear of the compost pile. We’ve come across quite a few paper towel alternatives before – simple ...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/05/15/how-to-use-one-paper-...

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