One thing many “green” people I speak to agree with is that we need to give up our paper towels use. I used to use them all the time to clean up spills on the counter and sometimes to dry my hands. They’re such a terrible waste.
About 2 months ago, I came across Twist, a 100% biodegradable sponge. Twist comes in different forms – a bamboo sponge, a “naked” sponge made with no dyes and 100% cellulose, a sponge cloth, and a loofah sponge. I’ve been using the “Euro Sponge #10” to clean up my kitchen counter spills. After a day or two of use, I just put it in the dish washer to “freshen it up” as the packaging says to do. It’s helped to cut back quite a bit from my paper towel use.
I buy them at Whole Foods Market but from their site I was able to see that they are also available at Bed Bath & Beyond. You can enter your location on the site to find other many places where their product is sold.
On the back of all of their products is directions and an outline of a bird feeder for you to cut out and make. It’s a great project for a child or the big kid in you. What a great added touch!
The important thing is try switching to reusable substitutes in your kitchen. Start using sponges, cloth napkins and kitchen towels to save money and resources.