For a long time, paper-towels have seemed a necessity in the modern kitchen. However, there are those that have banished the paper-towel from their homes, aiming to reduce their contribution to waste, cost, and environmental footprint.
What some don’t know is that the readily available paper-towel uses up trees, adds tons of waste to landfills, and can be bleached with chemicals. Approximately 51,000 trees per day are cut down and used to produce paper-towels, which once used and disposed of add 254 tons of waste to landfills.
To help ease the transition and gradually eliminate paper-towel in your home, the following alternatives are suggested:
For those worrying about finding an alternative to soaking up the grease from fried or fatty foods, try placing them on a used paper bag or oven cooking on a cooling rack to get rid of excess fats.
The key to success is making sure these paper-free alternatives are kept in convenient places, and you have enough for foreseeable messes.