Earth Day Every Day Action #4: Paper Towels

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These paper towels are wrapped in paper, not plastic, a good first start, but we can do better by eventually shifting to cloths for cleaning and cloth for napkins. See below:In the book Imagine It! that I reviewed a few days ago, I made one of the many minor changes in my kitchen. I took my roll of paper towels and moved it to a place under the sink. Next to the sink I added a tray of old cloth dishtowels cut into smaller pieces to use to dry my hands. I also use cloth napkins. I used to grab two at meals instead of going into the drawer with the towels. Now that the paper towel roll us under the sink, I find it just as easy to grab cloth napkins.

This may sound like a little thing, and I guess it is, except if everyone used cloths for cleaning and cotton napkins,  think how much paper we would save!

I also started buying natural brown paper towels instead of white because I don’t need my towels bleached, so when my white ones run out, I will convince my husband that brown is just as useful without the bleaching.

Additionally, I found other alternatives to paper towels (link below) from this posting in the Huffington Post:

Are single use paper towels better for the environment?

  • Like plastic bags that are thrown away with one use, sheet after sheet of single use paper towels aren’t the best for the environment. So you might be looking for alternatives that’ll help with all the cooking and cleaning you do in the kitchen.

Copy and paste the link into your browser if the article doesn’t come up by clicking on the link itself.

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  • P.S. If you can find organic cotton napkins or make them, so much the better, since about 15% of the pesticides used in the USA come from chemicals sprayed on cotton. If you Google Organic Cotton Napkins you will come up with some choices. They are probably more expensive than regular cotton, but should last a long time. When my regular cotton napkins I have had for a long time wear out, I will probably make organic cotton ones.

Earth Day Every Day Action #3: Information about Popular Sportswear with Toxic PFAs

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From the website:

  • New PFAS Scorecard for Popular Apparel Brands: Levi Strauss Earns an ‘A+’, Outdoor Brands Fail | NRDC

    April 06, 2022

    Columbia Sportswear, REI, Wolverine Worldwide (parent company of Wolverine and Merrell), and others received “F”s….We need to hold multibillion dollar outdoor brands like Columbia accountable for exacerbating the PFAS crisis.” – Sujatha Bergen, Director, Health Campaigns, NRDC“Many companies fail to label PFAS use in their products as well as use outdated definitions and misleading terminology in their commitments around PFAS that are inconsistent with the majority of the international and scientific communities….PIRG Education FundAdditional Resources:New Scorecard Ranks Fashion Brands on Efforts to Remove PFAS (April 2022)A Review of PFAS as a Chemical Class in the Textile Sector (May 2021)PFAS Factsheet (March 2022)Sign the PFAS-Free Apparel Pledge (March 2022)The Scientific Basis for Managing PFAS as a Chemical Class (June 2020)PFAS-Free Products###NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists.

  • From the website above:
  • Additional Resources:

Feel free to click on PFAS-Free Apparel Pledge above as well as other links.

The clothes we wear shouldn’t make us sick. NRDC’s new PFAS scorecard gives Columbia Sportswear an F for continuing to use this toxic chemical – and we’re calling on them to stop!

PFAS are a family of approximately 12,000 dangerous synthetic chemicals used to make clothes water- and stain-resistant, and are often called “forever chemicals” because they are extremely resistant to breakdown.

But when those same clothes are made, washed, or disposed of, these chemicals contaminate our environment and drinking water, and can build up in our bodies causing severe health problems like cancer and thyroid disease, and even reduced response to vaccines.

While many leading apparel brands are reducing their use of PFAS, Columbia Sportswear is not, and we’re building a massive public pressure campaign against the retailer urging an end to the use of PFAS in their clothing! Together, with your voice as a consumer, Columbia will have no choice but to listen!

Tell Columbia Sportswear CEO Timothy Boyle to end the use of highly toxic PFAS chemicals in the company’s products!
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