"Quit using paper products" - paper towels being a primary example.
And invariably in the comment section is a lot of talk about what to replace the paper towels with.
I am here to help you. Notice the three towels in the picture above? The pretty fluffy blue one is brand new, the one to the right is a couple years old and the third one is about 5 years old (maybe older -not sure).
This is the life of a towel in my house - it starts out a good towel to be used by either guests or Mom and Dad. (hey we are the oldest and my husband works hard for perks like fluffy towels).
Once a towel starts looking worn it goes upstairs to the kids bathroom and is used and used and used until it looks like the third towel.
This is a sad and well worn towel too thin to really be used as a bath towel.
What do we do with it then????
Well I cut it up into about 15 wash cloth sized rags. These rags are used for everything a paper towel is used for. I clean with them, wipe up spills etc.
Slowly these even become raggedy, but we are not done yet. Oh no not yet. When they become raggedy they are now ready to do the serious nasty work - I clean grease out of pans and then just pitch the rag. I use them to wipe up vomit and poop, anything that is beyond gross I use one of these and then just pitch it all.
I also cut up t-shirts (these are better to use when washing mirrors and windows - no lint) sweatshirts, socks - any useable material that is too stained to be worn. If an item of clothing is too small or the owner doesn't like it and it is still in good shape I will pass it on to either a friend or the Picken's but generally our clothes just wear out!
You can practice this principle of using things up - wearing them out in many ways. I think I first read about this in the Tightwad Gazette many years ago - she talks of having 3 sets of tennis shoes - one for good - wearing out and about, the next pair she wore when at home in day to day living and finally the third pair of shoes were for gardening.
It is an old principle - the Amish still practice. They (usually, at least the ones I know) have 2 sets of clothing - church clothes, and everyday clothes and they cycle the clothes - once the good clothes start looking so so they become the everyday clothes.
What do you use up? Wear out? Do you use cloth towels??
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