JUDGES’ CHOICE: Less Waste, More Rings by John Grey

Graphic designer, photographer, artist, and garden designer John Gray’s simple but powerful design graphically depicting the growth rings of a tree charmed our panel of judges, scoring him their vote.

POPULAR CHOICE: Cotton Forest by Luciana Simon

Freelance designer Luciana Simon’s to-the-point design asking us to “please turn to cotton” instead of paper towels received a whopping 659 reader votes, crowning her the Popular Choice winner.

RUNNER UP: This is Not a Paper Towel by Tiz Abbott-Donnelly

Product designer Tiz Abbott Donnelly’s eye-catching design lets the world know that it isn’t a paper towel, and we want to let her know that she won the title of runner up!

Towels printed with the winners’ designs will then be available for purchase at the Inhabitat Shop and PeopleTowels.com just in time for Earth Day 2011, so stay tuned! Congrats to all of our winners and many thanks to PeopleTowels and all of our judges – we hope that this competition makes you think twice next time you to pick up a paper towel!