Day 9 - Towels
How are the previous challenges going? Did you buy your own bag yet? Or made one? Are you having fun?
Keep going at it, even if you forget one day, just keep it up. The rewards are awesome.
Today I will talk about:
Towels. They will replace every piece of single-use paper in your house (except for the toilet paper... maybe).
Look around your house. Where do you have and especially where do you use paper towels the most? In the kitchen for sure. In the dining room no doubt. Maybe in the living room, in case of an unpredictable sneeze, perhaps a clumsy moment? How about the toilet? Do you use paper towels to wipe dust, clean the surfaces of your counter, tables, desk? etc.
Through what amount of paper towels do you go on a monthly basis? Well, it's high time we give up paper towels for their older, more experienced cousin: the cloth towels.
While I admit, paper towels are faster and more convenient that cloth towels, the amount of trees one has to cut to make them, the amount of toxins the companies release in the atmosphere, soil and water, the amount of coal is burnt to make them, and not to mention!!! the amount of trash paper towels create...... tell me... is it worth it? Is your sneeze worth you and your family's health and the entire planetary biosphere's well-being? If the answer is yes, well... you're wasting your time reading this.
But I know you are a respectable person, I know you are a good citizen, I know your heart is bigger than you want to admit to yourself or anyone. I know you care. So, here's the solution, you know it already, plain and simple: cloth towels.
The ingenuity behind them is that you can use them for a long time and when you throw them away there is less guilt, more pride, you leave behind a healthier planet.
You can find joy in organizing your towels.
You can sort them by color for each room of the house, or each role. You can sort them by family members, or even for each day, too. What can be more endearing than seeing a rack with all your family members' towels on the dining room table? The realization that you have a happy family who gathers each night at the dinner table? The pride of a parent, a partner, a friend who lives with you, or even your pet...... instead of a lifeless box of the same old tissues that are ceremoniously thrown away after every wipe, no matter how small.
One can never have enough towels, so it's easy for family and friends to offer them as clever, creative gifts. GIve grandma an idea on what to give her grandkids. And encourage kids to keep clean, too.
The only downside? More laundry. But if you ask me, the huuuge number of benefits is so big, much bigger than an extra load of laundry every month. If you're clever and use The Zero Way, you don't even have to fold them, just hang them around the house and they will not only dry by themselves, but they will also keep the humidity in the house at an optimum level for the health of your family, as bonus.
One advice? Don't wash the house cleaning towels along with the bath and face towels. Wash them separately. One day they will release that stationary bike that doubles as a washing machine. Can't wait!
Well, see you tomorrow! And don't forget:
Think Cycles. Aim Big. Choose Empathically. Act Bold. Feel Good. Connect.
a) Today's Daily Challenge:
Towels vs. Paper
b) Today's Zero Way Win:
Turned 2 old T-shirts into rags
c) Grateful for: having access to clean water
d) Ideas: Use the washed
rags as a humidifier
e) I feel... clean!
To Do List
◽︎ Cut a few old clothes to make enough rags
◽︎ Buy towels to replace the tissues