Monday, April 22, 2013

Non-paper paper towels

Did you know that there are paper towels that are made out of other items besides trees? Apparently they can be made with bamboo, quick growing grass and sugar cane products. I didn't know that until I accidentally bought some!

My adventure with this product started innocently enough. I was in a discount outlet and I saw a pallet of paper towels marked 2 for $1. That's a great price for paper towels, but not knowing the quality....I wasn't sure if it was worth it. I thought about it a second and decided that since hubby uses paper towels in the garage for spills and such, I should get a few rolls for garage towels. Any quality will work for garage messes. Into the cart they went and that should be that. Right? Except I hadn't read the package, and when I finally did 2 weeks later it kinda stopped me in my tracks.

Do non paper towels work as well as regular ones?

That's right, these paper towels are NOT made of tree products. Hmmmm. I'm not a rocket scientist, but I'm sure sugar cane and bamboo can grow a lot faster then it takes to grow a whole tree. This is definitely a more sustainable product then traditional paper towels. No matter how much of a good idea something is though, it needs to work too. So, do they work? Yes! While they may not be the 'quicker picker upper' they certainly work well enough for standard use. 

They feel like normal paper towels, they act like normal paper towels. I had some weird notion that they would be sticky or gooey feeling when wet, but they aren't. They are just like normal paper towels but without the deforestation. Bonus!

So lets take this in another direction and ask....would I buy them again? At that price, yes. I'd probably even pay twice that, however products like this are normally on the higher end of the price scale and that's where I'd probably take a pass on them. I did find them here on Amazon, but you  have to order 48 rolls at a time. Either way, I'm glad to see products like this being developed even if they do end up in the bargain outlet. It's important that we support new products aimed at reducing our carbon footprints....and this is where I get to tell you that I am so sad that I only grabbed 4 rolls that day. Had I known what I was buying, I would have definitely gotten more!


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  1. I need these!!! I'll buy a whole pallet. Unfortunately we use a bunch in our office. Even though I recycle them I still feel terrible buying so many.
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!

    1. I did look the company up while I was writing this and they have all kinds of cool paper-ish products. lol It makes me feel a whole lot better about using them too!



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