The use of disposable paper towels has a huge impact on the environment by contributing to deforestation, water pollution and global warming. Some of the facts about paper towel consumption and the environmental impact are:
• To make one ton of paper towels, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed.
• Every day, over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste is produced in the US alone.
• Decomposing paper towels produce methane gas, a leading cause of global warming.
• Paper was the largest contributor to municipal landfill waste in 2006.
The average person uses 2,400 – 3,000 paper towels at work, in a given year, looking like this:
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The Other Alternatives
Paper towels, even when made of recycled materials, still produce an environmental impact. The recycling process, as well as production from virgin pulp, uses water, energy and chemicals.
Electric hand dryers may seem better than paper towels, but they aren’t as efficient as PeopleTowels, and carry an environmental burden.
Stop Waste Before it Starts – Precycle with Reusable PeopleTowels
The PeopleTowels’ Formula summarizes the environmental benefits of reusable PeopleTowels:
The green sustainable choice is clear: precycle with reusable PeopleTowels and stop waste before it starts.