>> Monday, February 8, 2010
Mondays are challengicious at The Conscious Shopper. Here's your next trash-related challenge:
Dispose of Your Disposable Paper Products
To complete this challenge, you can...
- Use fewer disposable paper products. Grab a smaller stack of napkins. Rip off fewer squares of toilet paper. Reach for a cloth towel before a paper towel. You know the drill.
- Buy paper products with recycled content. Look for brands with at least 80% post-consumer recycled content and that are whitened without chlorine bleach.
- Use cloth. Napkins and towels are an easy switch. Handkerchiefs are a little more challenging. If you're a super duper marathon runner, you can even switch to cloth "toilet paper." And don't worry - these changes will barely add anything to your laundry pile.
Right now, I'm somewhere between Jogging Stride and Marathon Runner on this challenge. All of the paper products we use have recycled content, and we've made a good effort at switching from paper to cloth (we ran out of paper towels at Thanksgiving and still haven't bought more). But I plan to nudge us a bit further this week by making some handkerchiefs to stash in the bathroom. Anyone know what the best fabric for homemade handkerchiefs is?
For more specific information about how and why you should reduce your paper consumption, check out:
- A Paper Primer
- I Need...Paper
- I Need...Paper Towels and Napkins
- I Need...Toilet Paper
- I Need...Gift Wrap
- Put an End to Junk Mail
Will you take the challenge?
You have hereby been challenged to go green in a year without going broke! Check out the last challenge, or view the whole list of Challengicious Mondays.
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