PeopleTowels are reusable personal hand towels made from 100 percent organic, fair trade cotton.
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I've always hated the idea of paper towels (at home also, where I use regular towels that are washed as needed, with rags saved for really messy cleanups), and I also refuse to use those blowdryers; they are noisy and use energy unnecessarily.
I find that if you simply shake off the excess water into the sink, your hands are naturally dry within a minute or so. I fail to see the problem with this.
The big question is....Why are we buying these towels from India? When are we going to BUY our American Made Products? Keep our money here! Super idea though.
I can understand the possible good a re-usable towel like this can do, but I am having a hard time getting past the thought of a re-usable towel being sanitary after a day's use. Given how lazy people are about using soap and typically wash with just water...
I'm of the mindset that there is a huge upside to this product.
1. It latches on to your purse, backpack, computer bag, so you don't have think about remembering it. 2. They're colorful and cute, so you have an instant conversation starter to tell people about how you use something that doesn't use up PAPER TOWELS or ELECTRICITY...and it takes up NO SPACE in the wash. 3. Organic Cotton is way better than most fabric, and who knows, maybe the new designer of this product will take your note and create a hemp version, but for now, maybe the point was not to put off parents and other people uncomfortable with purchasing hemp. And if you're going to compare cotton to trees, then you need to compare 200-300 paper towels worth of tree to 1 PeopleTowel worth of cotton.
I think it's great to see someone taking an idea from a different country, that has been proven to be successful, and making it fashionable and fun for the whole family!!!
The resources used to grow, manufacture, transport and dispose of disposable paper towels definitely outweighs that used to grow, manufacture, transport and care for a reusable, organic cotton towel, especially when you consider how many paper towels the average person plows through in a year. The costs, fiscal and environmental, of disposables at large is a big problem, one that needs to be addressed by a shift in our mindset, away from using disposable goods, and toward reusables.
Yes, I agree that hemp is a superior textile than cotton, even organic cotton, but sourcing a hemp fabric that will perform as needed at a price the market will bear, from a reliable resource, is likely a challenge. Hopefully this will change as demand grows and hemp becomes more widely available, but until then, organic cotton towels that can be reused for years, is clearly the better option.
It looks like they are designed to be easy to use too, which is key to helping anyone develop a new habit that is somewhat less convenient than the disposable option. And really, ew is what I have to say about the heaps of wet, used paper towels that little most public restrooms. Sure, electric hand dryers are an option, but most use a lot of energy, they are loud, take forever (at least it feels like it while your standing there) and personally, my hands either don't feel dry afterward or are totally chapped from the heat if I hit the button enough times to get them dry. I bet these would dry pretty fast if you hang it from the outside of a bag.
I'm pretty certain the cotton required to create these little towels won't displace the tree farms used to produce wood pulp, but in any event, there is plenty of demand for wood products for non-disposable products to keep them in place. Really, it's the older growth forests that act as the most valuable CO2 sinks and animal habitats as well, not tree farms.
Regarding remembering to bring it along? I know - that plagues me with reusable shopping bags and I have total bag guilt in the check out line when I forget mine, but it looks like these could live attached to your purse or backpack, so as long as you remember to bring that, the towel comes too!
Yes, I like this idea.
Additionally, what will this do to the tree farm market if it catches on? Paper products from wood pulp come from tree farms. While those trees are growing, they are scrubbing CO2 from the air and giving life to birds. Do cotton plants produce as much O2 as a tree, while lacking a nesting place for birds and squirrels?
Trees are a better renewable resource than cotton. Again, why aren't they using HEMP?! It is far more environmentally conscious.
What is the final environmental savings for these towels when the energy and water (and energy to move the water) to clean them is factored in?
Unless every owner is hand washing them with captured rain water and air drying them I think the CO2 and tree savings won't be nearly as impressive.
this is a great idea the only down side and I speak for my self, "will I always remember to grab it when i leave the house?" apart from that its a great idea. http://www.thriftiesnewspaper.com
Um....ew? Hot air machines are far more sanitary. If everyone would use them, we wouldn't need paper or fabric towels. I wonder how many towels are produced only with renewable energy? And cotton is destructive to soil, why are they not using hemp?
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