March Extreme Challenge

>> Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Here's your extreme challenge for March:

Give Up Disposable Paper Products

If you've been working on greening your paper products since the challenge a couple weeks ago, now's your chance to push yourself to find your sweet spot.

You can take this challenge as extreme as you want, but here are a few suggestions:
  • Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins.
  • Clean with rags instead of paper towels.
  • Use kitchen towels, washcloths, and sponges in the kitchen instead of paper towels.
  • Use cloth bags instead of wrapping paper to wrap gifts.
  • Switch to handkerchiefs instead of facial tissue.
  • Try cloth wipes instead of toilet paper.
For one month, see how far you can go. Just make sure you:

Make a plan.
Write it down.
Post it somewhere you'll see it.

Here's what my family will be doing:

After last month's super extreme challenge, I think we're going to take it relatively easy this month. No paper napkins, paper towels, or facial tissue, and if we have any need to give gifts this month, I think I can commit to cloth. I might do cloth wipes sporadically, but I'm not going to force it on the rest of my family.

I think the biggest challenge here will be our spring break vacation later this month. We'll see how it goes!

Will you accept the March Extreme Challenge to give up disposable paper products for a month? Let me know in the comments what your family will be doing.

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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The Mom March 2, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

This is something I've been working on for a while. We already don't use paper towels or napkins and grocery bags are cloth as well. I'm still working up the nerve to use the produce bags. This week I'll be making a few gift bags from some fabric I have lying around. I think I'm also going to make some rags for the bathroom. I'm not sure why this one freaks me out. I've used mama cloth and a diva cup for years, cloth tp should be a no brainer.

cpcable March 2, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

Challenge accepted! We've already given up paper towels, paper napkins, and facial tissues. I've been wanting to try family cloths for awhile and I need to just do it. So, my goal for the end of the week is to cut up some old t-shirts and make some. But it will probably just be me that's participating. ;)

Wonder-ful March 2, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

I've banned the paper towels from the bathrooms (greatly reducing the number of rolls we go through).
Now that the almond orchards are in bloom, I'm in great need for the hankie! I'm thinking I'm going to have to make a few to hold me over. It really is the only time of year I use kleenex.
And as for the kitchen, I've been keeping a hand towel to dry hands, one for cleaning counters. It covers the basics and anything more than that we just go get another towel from the drawer.
Not sure about cloth tp, but I'm willing to give the not-quite-Luna Pads another go.

Heather@TheGreenestDollar March 4, 2010 at 1:07 PM  

This is so timely! I just decided to do this yesterday (giving up TP) and was online researching strategies to set up my bathroom for reusable wipes (and what to use).

I've already given up paper napkins and paper towels, so this was the "last frontier"!

Glad to know I'm not the only one out there! :)

Erin aka Conscious Shopper March 4, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

@Heather - Family cloth is the final frontier for me too. We've always used cloth wet wipes on our kids - it's us grown-ups that are holding out.

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