I must admit that going green is often not as challenging as I once thought, except when it comes to paper towels. Yes, I am a paper towel addict. First of all, we have enough paper towels in our home to eventually black-market them once the last tree is gone. Paper towels are so easy to use and then toss that I can go through a roll a week. I grab some when I want to wipe up a spill, wash windows, use as a napkin or placemat, and/or polish "something." So I decided this week to challenge my paper towel addiction. The first thing I did was to use newspaper to wipe the kitchen window dry after cleaning it. It worked! No streaks! Then I bravely entered the world of spills. I grabbed one of my many recycled rags and wiped up the spill. Tah-dah, it worked too! Now I'm on a roll. I start looking for something to polish. But where? I head into the bathroom and begin cleaning the toothbrush holder, the soap dispenser, and anything else that doesn't move. Success again! Instead of tossing a paper towel away, I toss the cloth into the laundry hamper to be washed and used again. Insofar as the napkin and placemat challenge, I purchased some cloth ones. Will my home ever be a paper-towel-free zone? Probably not, but I am giving it a try.
Thanks to Linda for sending in her story – and don't forget, if you still haven't entered, there's still time to send your own story to firstname.lastname@example.org.Linda wins a set of five fab books from Random House, including the following: The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life by Ed Begley, Jr. Ecoholic by Adria Vasil The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon True Green at Work: 100 Ways You Can Make the Environment Your Business by Kim Mckay, Jenny Bonnin and Tim Wallace Today's code word: towel Read more: • Choosing recycled tissues and toilet paper • Hand dryers vs. paper towels • Making greener choices in the kitchen