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For years, my friend has been encouraging me and others to rethink our use--and excessive waste--of paper products. Her rationale made sense, but I was lazy about following through and eliminating what was convenient and familiar. However, this past August, I drastically decreased our use of paper towels and it's been a wonderful change! I clean with all cloth rags and towels that are just absorbed in our regular laundry--no extra loads. I keep one roll of paper towels tucked away in a cabinet to use for soaking up bacon or hamburger grease, but other than that, I don't use them at all. Hurrah!
After my mom bought me a stash of cloth napkins for Christmas, I eliminated paper napkins from our home. And, like the cloth towels and rags, they are easily absorbed into our regular loads of laundry and I don't miss them one bit.
When we're at home, I've even started wiping Mason's runny nose with burp cloths that he no longer needs or uses. They are more absorbant and gentler on his irritated nose than Kleenex, not to mention less wasteful, and I appreciate geting more use out of the beautiful cloths that were monogrammed specifically for him that no other baby will ever use. I even use fewer tissues now, too!
Now, if I can just find a way to ration toilet paper, we would be all set! (Just kidding!)
Have you reduced or eliminated any paper products in your household? Which ones? How's it going?