Monday, January 12, 2009

My Green Challenge to YOU!!

Hubbs and I are trying to be as "Green" as possible and reducing our carbon footprint as much as we can. One of the things we have challenged ourselves to do is to eliminate paper towels from our house. We have replaced them with surgical towels. These are absorbant, lint-free, re-usable and would otherwise end up in a landfill. And to top it off, they are FREE! We have asked a few friends who are OR nurses to save them for us. We have been using them for all types of chores all over the farm and in the house. They make terrific cleaning rags. They leave streak free windows and mirrors and are lint free, so Hubbs uses them to dry his hands when putting his contacts in his eyes. The uses are limitless. Photobucket

The challenge is this......Join us in making the switch from paper to cloth. I can supply you with blue towels for the price of shipping only if you will promise to stop buying paper towels.

Reasons to switch:
  1. Paper towels contain formaldehyde and dioxin...both of which are a health hazard both to you and the environment (when you burn or throw them away).
  2. Help to reduce paper bulk in landfills.
  3. Reduce amount of harvested trees for use in paper products. (If we don't buy, They won't produce as much)
  4. Reduce medical waste (OR towels) that ends up in landfill....Recycle! I must add...these towels were never used...they were extra and if they don't get used, they get thrown away.

I feel so passionately about each of us assuming responsibility for our environment. Years and years of carelessness has brought our earth to a crisis point. Only a dedicated change in our behavior can restore the health of our planet. Please join me in doing this one little thing that can have far-reaching effects. I will continue to collect these towels and make them available to you if you will commit to buying no more paper towels.

If you are interested (and I hope that you all are)...please email me and I can send you some towels. I ask only that you help me with the shipping cost....and of course that you refuse to buy any more paper towels.

e-mail me here


Katmom said...

What a Great challenge,,, count me in.

Ruth said...

I didn't realize that there was formaldehyde and dioxin in paper towels. I have been trying to use them less and have cut up hubby's old t-shirts to use as rags for cleaning and spills.

K-Falls Farmgirl Cheryl said...

I didn't realize about paspertowels either..I am up for the challenge, I am going to be making my own cleaning solutions & laundry soap & fabric softener too..
Thank you
Cheryl Severeide K-Falls OR

Anonymous said...

Please count me in... I have also been trying to reduce our paper more plastic bags and I made cloth napkins so we wouldn't buy anymore paper napkins. I really love this idea. Thank you so much for including us too.

Cheryl (cw246)

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Yes, Bev! Count me in to! So excited to do so! Thank you so much for your encouragement to go GREEN! I am making my own laundry soap this week! Hugs, Maryjane

Mimi said...

Ooh! I want to do this. Can I get these rags from my local hospital as well???

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