Counting on …day 88 

8th February 2022

Each time paper is recycled, the fibres become shorter and shorter and the potential for further recycling gets less. Paper towels are usually made from fibres that are already very short. For the paper towel recycling is no longer an option. Paper towels  are likely to have absorbed grease, food or other substances, which again makes them unsuitable candidates for recycling. In small numbers they can be added to your compost bin. 

Do we need paper towels in the kitchen? Why not use cloths that can be washed and reused to wipe up spills?  Hand/ bath towels/ tea towels that become to worn for be serviceable, can be cut down and repurposed as cleaning clothes. And when they become too worn, they can go as rags for recycling – charity shops usually welcome bags of rags. 

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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