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I grew up in a household where any given item might be used again, instead of being thrown in the garbage.
Whether it was a milk carton, Cool Whip container or Ziploc bag, these were the types of things my mom would wash and reuse … and reuse … and reuse.
The bottom would be cut out of the milk carton and the carton placed around young plants in the garden. The Cool Whip container would be washed and used to store leftovers.
I’ve recently read differing opinions about reusing Ziploc bags, if they can be damaged by previous use and whether they are sanitary enough to use with other foods. So, I don’t have a good recommendation for this idea.
Now, I have my own household, though, and I try to reuse or recycle when I can.
However, one of my family’s downfalls is the use of paper towels. We use them for everything. My argument has been that it is more sanitary to use a paper towel than to continue to use the same handtowel or dishtowel. But, paper towels are expensive, and I’m contributing a lot to a local landfill.
So, I was intrigued when Bambooee contacted me to promote its Washable Bamboo Towels.
The roll of towels, which costs $9.95 a roll, comes perforated for easy-to-use single towels. They’re strong, thick, absorbent and soft.
But, instead of using the towel and throwing it away, you can use it, wash it and use it again. So far, I’ve tried using the towel for basic spills and napkins. For the true test, my husband used one while eating barbecue.
Once you’re done, you wash them in the washing machine and let air dry. Bambooee is made of bamboo and, according to promotional information it “is equivalent to 286 regular paper towel rolls and can be reused and washed 100+ times in the washing machine.”
A friend of mine would use old washcloths instead of napkins and wash and reuse. I stack about 40 washcloths in the bathroom for hand drying.
So, I think having a reusable “paper” towel in the kitchen would be a plus. It’s all about lifestyle changes and adapting to new ideas.
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