If you are anything like me then you love the great outdoors. Truly some of my fondest memories are days and nights I have spent camping and hiking in the middle of nature. Unfortunately, many of the natural habitats that once existed and thrived are being erased at an alarming rate. OurPlanet.com helps to make it obvious the impact we are having on our planet by referencing scientific observations and presenting stunning visuals of our beautiful planet with the famously elegant narrator Sir David Attenborough (see the video below and the full series on Netflix).
Every choice we make that saves energy, sources food in a sustainable way, preserves our oceans, and preserves our wild spaces gets us one step closer to changing the tide from a dying environment to a thriving one. And the best place to make that change is right in our own homes.
In that spirit I am presenting the latest Phillnance recommendation which is to rid your household of all those pesky paper products. What on earth might you replace them with? For inspiration one only needs to go back a generation or two to realize that we already had incredibly efficient, cheap, and ecologically-friendly solutions in place.
As with most Phillnance recommendations we are achieving multiple benefits with a single alteration in how take care of our day-to-day lives. In the case of dining it is all too common to use paper towels or paper napkins to wipe up any messes on oneself or the table. The alternative of using linen napkins immediately saves one money. A 20 to 30 roll pack of paper towels is roughly the equivalent cost of a set of a half-dozen to dozen set of linen napkins. While the math of exactly how much money this switch will save you varies with the amount of towels you order, it is clear that the savings come in after you go through the first package of paper towels. My best guess is that a house might go through a package of paper towels in about three months. At that rate the savings would likely be $20 per quarter or $80 a year.
While less often the case, many people will also use paper towels for cleaning their counter tops and mirrors. In this case I would highly encourage the use of dish towels for your kitchen counter tops and regular microfiber clothes for other surfaces around the house. The microfiber cloth even does a good job cleaning the mirrors in your house. The one caveat is you have to make sure you spray the cloth directly with your cleaning solution and you move the cloth in one direction across the mirror to avoid depositing grime instead of picking it up.
Finally, one of my favorite and classy additions to the Phillnance household is the handkerchief. You see the handkerchief was the go-to solution for the pesky sneezing caused by allergies that come along with the changing of the seasons, wiping your brow on a hot summer day, or blowing your nose during cold and flu season. This solution like that of the linen napkins pays for itself within one use of a typical tissue box.
The point I’m getting at is that as a people we don’t need to keep felling the world’s supply of trees in order to conduct things as simple as wiping our hands and noses, or cleaning our counter tops and mirrors. We have the instruments in place to keep clean and tidy without killing the environment in the process. If only we made the decision to live a little more thoughtfully we could turn around our environmental problem and enjoy the benefit of saving a ton of money in the process.
Please do your part to help care for Our Planet! Also, please share what environmentally friendly solutions you have implemented in your life. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve our planet and save a few bucks in the process. I’m personally still not comfortable with the toilette paper alternatives yet 😅.
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