This week’s tip: Swap out paper towels for reusable cloths or rags!

Welcome to Local Hippie’s weekly tip for living a greener life! Each week we will provide you with a quick tip to help you reduce your carbon footprint and change the world.

This week’s tip: Swap out paper towels for reusable cloths or rags!

A lot of people ask me, “What’s so bad about paper towels? Aren’t they compostable?”

While yes, paper towel does have the ability to decompose, it still has a large environmental impact! More than 13 billion pounds of paper towel are used in North America each year… producing that much paper requires A LOT of resources!

We’re talking 110 million trees and 130 billion gallons of water each year. Add in the amount of energy (carbon dioxide output) required to manufacture and deliver it from factory to store and then from store to home, it seems insane that we use it ONCE and then throw it away. And lets not forget what it comes packaged in… non-recyclable plastic!

To top it all off, even while its decomposing in the landfill, its generating methane (a harmful greenhouse gas) and continuing to contribute to global warming.


The solution to this is SO easy. You can buy reusable cloths or you can even take old bed sheets, towels, or tshirts and cut them into rags. I promise that not only will they clean better, but they’ll be better for the environment and for your wallet too!


Have questions? Feel free to forward them to or find me at the Espanola Farmers’ Market.

Have a happy hippie week!

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