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[SOLVED!] Is Paper Towel Bad For The Environment?

Although sometimes they are composted, most end up in landfill 😉 Landfills are filled with disposable items like diapers, napkins, printer paper, notebooks, tissues, and paper towels 🙈 You can read more information about landfills 😁 Even though paper towels can be made from recycled paper, they can’t be recycled or reused as they are considered ‘contaminated waste’. What happens to this paper product? Biodegradation is a natural process for paper products. Paper towels biodegrade in a different time frame. Typically, it takes between 2 weeks and 1 month. It takes longer for towels to break down into the environment the thicker they are. We are using resources quicker than we can replenish them. This causes us to accumulate more waste. [1]
Arthur Scott’s idea for a disposable paper towel was conceived in 1932. Not many people could have imagined what would be the fate of these products. But here we are, nearly 80 years later — when paper accounts for one third of all municipal landfill waste, and the number of trees used in the paper industry is nothing short of staggering. The big question is: Can disposable paper be sustainable? Are dishtowels more sustainable than paper towels? Are cloth napkins more environmentally friendly than paper napkins? Some believe that washing a dishtowel repeatedly may require more energy than making a towel. Many others argue that it is the reverse. Here are the best, most green, and most environmentally-friendly options in the fight between cloth and paper napkins. [2]
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The U.S. Consumes nearly half of all the world’s paper towels, with the towels now a common accessory in just about every house and business across the country. It’s not surprising that absorbent soft sheets rolls, which are disposable and economical, have become a popular accessory in American homes. Whether in a residential home, commercial business, or public restroom, there is nothing a few sheets of paper towel can’t wipe up, clean, or dry! However, with such frequent usage across the globe, it’s only normal to wonder how this single-use product affects the planet. Let’s discover some ways paper towels can cause environmental problems and how we can reduce the carbon footprint of such frequent paper towel usage. Jayde Kearns, Pingdu (China) last updated this page 66 days earlier [3]
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• To make one ton of paper towels 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water are polluted.• In the U.S. We currently use more than 13 billion pounds of paper towels each year and that number is growing steadily. This equals more than 3,000 tons of paper towel waste in the U.S. Alone.• Globally, discarded paper towels result in 254 million tons of trash every year.• As many as 51,000 trees per day are required to replace the number of paper towels that are discarded every day.• If every household in the U.S. Used just one less 70-sheet roll of paper towels, that would save 544,000 trees each year.• If every household in the U.S. Used three less rolls per year, it would save 120,000 tons of waste and $4.1 million in landfill dumping fees. After Sharhonda McCord, Suqian (China) pointed this out to us, we are grateful. [4]
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