Throw in the Towel, Please

Stainless steel water bottle? Check. Reusable grocery bags? Check. PeopleTowels? The time has come. With the launch of PeopleTowels, founder Linda Lannon channeled her passion for the environment into a practical alternative to paper towels. These personal hand towels are washable and reusable, meant to cut back our use of disposable towels in public restrooms at offices, schools, gyms, restaurants, parks and everywhere else we visit. The quick-drying towels (made of 100% organic, Fair Trade cotton) can be carried in a handbag or briefcase, hung on a hook in your office, or fastened to a backpack or belt loop. The “aha” moment for Linda came during a trip to Japan, where most people carry their own reusable hand towels. Seeing the practice in Japan reminded her that not so long ago, it was common here in the U.S. to carry cloth handkerchiefs — before paper facial tissues, moist wipes and paper towels became ubiquitous. Today the effort to reintroduce non-disposable hygiene products is catching on with people like Lisa Borden, who wrote to tell us about PeopleTowels. Lisa also turned us on to Eco-Me’s green cleaning products and Mette Vangso‘s spa pillows. Once you get in the habit of using a PeopleTowel, your small change can make a big difference in our forests, landfills and waterways. Just how big? One person switching to PeopleTowels for one year can save 1/4 tree, reduce landfill waste by 23 pounds and conserve 250 gallons of water, Linda estimates. It’s quite the payoff for one little towel.

PeopleTowels

Reusable Personal Hand Towels

Throw in the Towel, Please

Stainless steel water bottle? Check. Reusable grocery bags? Check. PeopleTowels? The time has come. With the launch of PeopleTowels, founder Linda Lannon channeled her passion for the environment into a practical alternative to paper towels. These personal hand towels are washable and reusable, meant to cut back our use of disposable towels in public restrooms at offices, schools, gyms, restaurants, parks and everywhere else we visit. The quick-drying towels (made of 100% organic, Fair Trade cotton) can be carried in a handbag or briefcase, hung on a hook in your office, or fastened to a backpack or belt loop. The “aha” moment for Linda came during a trip to Japan, where most people carry their own reusable hand towels. Seeing the practice in Japan reminded her that not so long ago, it was common here in the U.S. to carry cloth handkerchiefs — before paper facial tissues, moist wipes and paper towels became ubiquitous. Today the effort to reintroduce non-disposable hygiene products is catching on with people like Lisa Borden, who wrote to tell us about PeopleTowels. Lisa also turned us on to Eco-Me’s green cleaning products and Mette Vangso‘s spa pillows. Once you get in the habit of using a PeopleTowel, your small change can make a big difference in our forests, landfills and waterways. Just how big? One person switching to PeopleTowels for one year can save 1/4 tree, reduce landfill waste by 23 pounds and conserve 250 gallons of water, Linda estimates. It’s quite the payoff for one little towel.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Linda
    Linda

    I’m delighted and honored that the Daily Grommet team chose today, Earth Day, to feature my company, PeopleTowel - a brand new way to be Green. PeopleTowels are reusable personal hand towels made from 100% organic cotton with eco-chic designs. They are meant to be used instead of paper towels in public restrooms when you’re out and about or at work. Never thought about carrying your own towel? Let’s chat about this new eco-habit.

  • Miriam
    Miriam
    4/22/2010 12:14 PM

    What a great idea! I'm a school teacher, and with budget cuts, I think it would be great to sell these to schoolchildren. The kids would have to write their names on their own towels with sharpies, and it would save a fortune.

  • Amy
    Amy
    4/22/2010 12:28 PM

    Miriam - In Japan, all school children bring their own towels to school. It saves so much on the waste schools produce and saves the schools money. I am so glad PeopleTowels has brought this idea to the US.

  • jille
    jille
    4/22/2010 12:38 PM

    can the towels really make a difference in the amount of trash?

  • jille
    jille
    4/22/2010 12:46 PM

    wow. that is a lot! thanks for having such a simple and great solution!

  • Leanne
    Leanne
    4/22/2010 12:50 PM

    I can share from my experience that using PeopleTowels has cut down on waste in our household. We use them exclusively in our home in place of paper towels and my daughter and I always have them on our person and some extras in the car. You don't realize how many times a day you wash your hands in public. We have found several uses for them.

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 1:04 PM

    @Miriam, I love your idea. Schools use an incredible amount of paper towels and parents supply thier kids with all sort of personal items.

    @Jille, Yes, PeopleTowels can really make a difference. We estimate that the average person uses about 3,000 paper towels outside of their home a year. That equals about 23 pounds of landfill - for each person!

    @

    Leanne, Thanks for your comment. We really don't realize how many paper towels we use. PeopleTowels can become a eco-habit just like your reusable water bottle or cloth bag. All these small changes really add up.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 1:08 PM

    The story behind these towels confirms that 'necessity is the mother of invention'. We should convert to these towels now before it becomes a necessity for us as well!

  • Kate
    Kate – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 1:09 PM

    I'm blown away by those numbers, Linda. Until I saw PeopleTowels, I never thought twice about the always full receptacles of lightly used paper towels in every public restroom. But I will now.

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 1:19 PM

    Kate, And all those lightly used paper towels came from trees!!!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 1:56 PM

    Lively discussion about People Towels on Twitter as well. This tweet got us thinking how environmentally irresponsible it is that many companies are still promoting wastefulness.

    "@mamacooldog Love this! And just as Kleenex launches a disposable bathroom hand towel. Argh!"



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  • Lisa
    Lisa
    4/22/2010 2:00 PM

    I LOVE my people towels and use them all the time! I like Leanne's idea about putting a couple in my car, I usually have spare napkins in there and a People Towel is a great substitution. I seriously cannot believe Kleenex has found another way to increase waste...they ought to start getting financially penalized for those "ideas".

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 2:16 PM

    Hate the Kleenex disposable paper towels for the bathroom!!Family towels have been used forever without any ill effects. Soap and water is still the best way to kill germs.

  • Joy
    Joy
    12/27/2010 7:46 PM

    @Linda:

    I couldn't believe it when I saw the ad for the disposable bathroom towels. I quit using paper napkins for meals at home years ago. I keep a collection of cloth napkins on hand, so going to paper towels in the home bathroom really doesn't make sense. I don't really like the air dryers in public bathrooms, so having a cloth towel on me whether they offer paper towels or a air dryer really makes sense.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/27/2010 11:01 PM

    @Joy: We're glad this solution appeals to you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 2:24 PM

    @Lisa - until then it's up to us to send these companies the cues by not buying their wasteful products! Low sales is a message they understand!

  • Letha
    Letha
    4/22/2010 2:54 PM

    I love this idea, and I plan to buy some, but where do guys carry them?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 2:59 PM

    @Letha - you can buy them right here and we are offering Free Shipping so it couldn't be any easier!

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 3:13 PM

    Letha, Thanks for the support. Pls tell a friend about this new idea. The more people that know the bigger the environmental impact.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    4/22/2010 3:36 PM

    I love this idea! I'm ashamed to say it hadn't really crossed my mind just how wasteful paper towels in public places are, and how that waste adds up. Here's my question about the Peopletowels...do you just machine wash them? And will they shrink?

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 3:55 PM

    Cynthia,

    The towels wash beautifully.They're organic cotton so they are not treated but they were preshrunk before silk screening. So no shrinkage. Don't be ashamed...I never really thought about paper towels either. But when I did, I knew I had to do something about the waste, and that's how PeopleTowels came about.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 4:33 PM

    @Letha...I'm not sure if you were also asking where (i.e. physically) do "guys" carry People Towels. In Japan it's carried by men much the same as a hankie...in a pocket.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 5:39 PM

    @Letha -- Also, I love the idea of using a push pin to pin up your PeopleTowel to a bulletin board or a cubicle at work. A lot of people making small changes can have a large impact.

  • Mary
    Mary
    4/23/2010 7:51 PM

    I am amused by this 're-invention'. The People Towel is really a handerchief that you don't use for blowing your nose but I bet that people will. Tissues are useless after one blow and when you are moving about, so I buy soft dinner napkins instead. People towels would probable work well but it gets back to people objecting to having to wash germ-laden'handkerchieves'. You will know when People Towels are accepted when the handsome movie hero, instead of producing a perfectly ironed and unused white hanky from his pocket, comes to the rescue with a People Towel.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2010 9:41 AM

    @Mary - I like the image of your handsome movie hero! People shouldn't associate these towels with germs...by the time you wash your hands clean, you should be mostly just absorbing water on your People Towel. Great idea for tackling the tissue issue, too!

  • Taylor
    Taylor
    4/26/2010 11:19 AM

    Howdy,

    We're thinking a million things a day over here, and one of those ideas is to stick a reusable/washable towel to one of our 4 oz (Pocket Charlie's) All Purpose Cleaners. Do they come with a grommet? And could I order 10,000 of them? Don't freak out. We're just studying right now, but this kind of thing might work.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/26/2010 11:29 AM

    @Taylor, I love the way you're thinking! I will make sure you get in touch with the right people.

  • Malena del Gallego
    Malena del Gallego
    3/19/2011 9:06 PM

    Hi, People towels sound like a great convenience idea however I was just wondering - hand paper towels are recyclable, People Towels are washable and reusable. Isnt doing away with paper towels and trading it for People Towels just ridding one bad habit over another - using people towels means having to wash it and this means using up our valuable resource of water. We may be cutting up trees for paper towels but we now live in a more recyclable oriented society and paper towels get recyled, so wouldnt recycling (paper towels) be better alternative than having to consume water (People Towels) that simply gets washed out onto the drains?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/20/2011 12:52 AM

    @Malena del Gallego: We love that you are thinking so carefully about habits and what is best for the environment. I would think that washing a People Towel wouldn't use any more resources because you would simply add it to a load of wash that you would be doing anyway. It's very compact. To recycle a paper towel (if it does get recycled) and turn it back into something useful takes energy as well. So there are many variables to consider! Thanks for posting.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

PeopleTowels

Reusable Personal Hand Towels

Throw in the Towel, Please

Stainless steel water bottle? Check. Reusable grocery bags? Check. PeopleTowels? The time has come.

With the launch of PeopleTowels, founder Linda Lannon channeled her passion for the environment into a practical alternative to paper towels. These personal hand towels are washable and reusable, meant to cut back our use of disposable towels in public restrooms at offices, schools, gyms, restaurants, parks and everywhere else we visit. The quick-drying towels (made of 100% organic, Fair Trade cotton) can be carried
in a handbag or briefcase, hung on a hook in your office, or fastened to a backpack or belt loop.

The “aha” moment for Linda came during a trip to Japan, where most people carry their own reusable hand towels. Seeing the practice in Japan reminded her that not so long ago, it was common here in the U.S. to carry cloth handkerchiefs — before paper facial tissues, moist wipes and paper towels became ubiquitous. Today the effort to reintroduce non-disposable hygiene products is catching on with people like Lisa Borden, who wrote to tell us about PeopleTowels. Lisa also turned us on to Eco-Me’s green cleaning products and Mette Vangso‘s spa pillows.

Once you get in the habit of using a PeopleTowel, your small change can make a big difference in our forests, landfills and waterways. Just how big? One person switching to PeopleTowels for one year can save 1/4 tree, reduce landfill waste by 23 pounds and conserve 250 gallons of water, Linda estimates. It’s quite the payoff for one little towel.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Linda
    Linda

    I’m delighted and honored that the Daily Grommet team chose today, Earth Day, to feature my company, PeopleTowel - a brand new way to be Green. PeopleTowels are reusable personal hand towels made from 100% organic cotton with eco-chic designs. They are meant to be used instead of paper towels in public restrooms when you’re out and about or at work. Never thought about carrying your own towel? Let’s chat about this new eco-habit.

  • Miriam
    Miriam
    4/22/2010 12:14 PM

    What a great idea! I'm a school teacher, and with budget cuts, I think it would be great to sell these to schoolchildren. The kids would have to write their names on their own towels with sharpies, and it would save a fortune.

  • Amy
    Amy
    4/22/2010 12:28 PM

    Miriam - In Japan, all school children bring their own towels to school. It saves so much on the waste schools produce and saves the schools money. I am so glad PeopleTowels has brought this idea to the US.

  • jille
    jille
    4/22/2010 12:38 PM

    can the towels really make a difference in the amount of trash?

  • jille
    jille
    4/22/2010 12:46 PM

    wow. that is a lot! thanks for having such a simple and great solution!

  • Leanne
    Leanne
    4/22/2010 12:50 PM

    I can share from my experience that using PeopleTowels has cut down on waste in our household. We use them exclusively in our home in place of paper towels and my daughter and I always have them on our person and some extras in the car. You don't realize how many times a day you wash your hands in public. We have found several uses for them.

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 1:04 PM

    @Miriam, I love your idea. Schools use an incredible amount of paper towels and parents supply thier kids with all sort of personal items.

    @Jille, Yes, PeopleTowels can really make a difference. We estimate that the average person uses about 3,000 paper towels outside of their home a year. That equals about 23 pounds of landfill - for each person!

    @

    Leanne, Thanks for your comment. We really don't realize how many paper towels we use. PeopleTowels can become a eco-habit just like your reusable water bottle or cloth bag. All these small changes really add up.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 1:08 PM

    The story behind these towels confirms that 'necessity is the mother of invention'. We should convert to these towels now before it becomes a necessity for us as well!

  • Kate
    Kate – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 1:09 PM

    I'm blown away by those numbers, Linda. Until I saw PeopleTowels, I never thought twice about the always full receptacles of lightly used paper towels in every public restroom. But I will now.

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 1:19 PM

    Kate, And all those lightly used paper towels came from trees!!!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 1:56 PM

    Lively discussion about People Towels on Twitter as well. This tweet got us thinking how environmentally irresponsible it is that many companies are still promoting wastefulness.

    "@mamacooldog Love this! And just as Kleenex launches a disposable bathroom hand towel. Argh!"



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  • Lisa
    Lisa
    4/22/2010 2:00 PM

    I LOVE my people towels and use them all the time! I like Leanne's idea about putting a couple in my car, I usually have spare napkins in there and a People Towel is a great substitution. I seriously cannot believe Kleenex has found another way to increase waste...they ought to start getting financially penalized for those "ideas".

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 2:16 PM

    Hate the Kleenex disposable paper towels for the bathroom!!Family towels have been used forever without any ill effects. Soap and water is still the best way to kill germs.

  • Joy
    Joy
    12/27/2010 7:46 PM

    @Linda:

    I couldn't believe it when I saw the ad for the disposable bathroom towels. I quit using paper napkins for meals at home years ago. I keep a collection of cloth napkins on hand, so going to paper towels in the home bathroom really doesn't make sense. I don't really like the air dryers in public bathrooms, so having a cloth towel on me whether they offer paper towels or a air dryer really makes sense.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/27/2010 11:01 PM

    @Joy: We're glad this solution appeals to you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 2:24 PM

    @Lisa - until then it's up to us to send these companies the cues by not buying their wasteful products! Low sales is a message they understand!

  • Letha
    Letha
    4/22/2010 2:54 PM

    I love this idea, and I plan to buy some, but where do guys carry them?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 2:59 PM

    @Letha - you can buy them right here and we are offering Free Shipping so it couldn't be any easier!

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 3:13 PM

    Letha, Thanks for the support. Pls tell a friend about this new idea. The more people that know the bigger the environmental impact.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    4/22/2010 3:36 PM

    I love this idea! I'm ashamed to say it hadn't really crossed my mind just how wasteful paper towels in public places are, and how that waste adds up. Here's my question about the Peopletowels...do you just machine wash them? And will they shrink?

  • Linda
    Linda – Special Guest
    4/22/2010 3:55 PM

    Cynthia,

    The towels wash beautifully.They're organic cotton so they are not treated but they were preshrunk before silk screening. So no shrinkage. Don't be ashamed...I never really thought about paper towels either. But when I did, I knew I had to do something about the waste, and that's how PeopleTowels came about.

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 4:33 PM

    @Letha...I'm not sure if you were also asking where (i.e. physically) do "guys" carry People Towels. In Japan it's carried by men much the same as a hankie...in a pocket.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    4/22/2010 5:39 PM

    @Letha -- Also, I love the idea of using a push pin to pin up your PeopleTowel to a bulletin board or a cubicle at work. A lot of people making small changes can have a large impact.

  • Mary
    Mary
    4/23/2010 7:51 PM

    I am amused by this 're-invention'. The People Towel is really a handerchief that you don't use for blowing your nose but I bet that people will. Tissues are useless after one blow and when you are moving about, so I buy soft dinner napkins instead. People towels would probable work well but it gets back to people objecting to having to wash germ-laden'handkerchieves'. You will know when People Towels are accepted when the handsome movie hero, instead of producing a perfectly ironed and unused white hanky from his pocket, comes to the rescue with a People Towel.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/24/2010 9:41 AM

    @Mary - I like the image of your handsome movie hero! People shouldn't associate these towels with germs...by the time you wash your hands clean, you should be mostly just absorbing water on your People Towel. Great idea for tackling the tissue issue, too!

  • Taylor
    Taylor
    4/26/2010 11:19 AM

    Howdy,

    We're thinking a million things a day over here, and one of those ideas is to stick a reusable/washable towel to one of our 4 oz (Pocket Charlie's) All Purpose Cleaners. Do they come with a grommet? And could I order 10,000 of them? Don't freak out. We're just studying right now, but this kind of thing might work.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/26/2010 11:29 AM

    @Taylor, I love the way you're thinking! I will make sure you get in touch with the right people.

  • Malena del Gallego
    Malena del Gallego
    3/19/2011 9:06 PM

    Hi, People towels sound like a great convenience idea however I was just wondering - hand paper towels are recyclable, People Towels are washable and reusable. Isnt doing away with paper towels and trading it for People Towels just ridding one bad habit over another - using people towels means having to wash it and this means using up our valuable resource of water. We may be cutting up trees for paper towels but we now live in a more recyclable oriented society and paper towels get recyled, so wouldnt recycling (paper towels) be better alternative than having to consume water (People Towels) that simply gets washed out onto the drains?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/20/2011 12:52 AM

    @Malena del Gallego: We love that you are thinking so carefully about habits and what is best for the environment. I would think that washing a People Towel wouldn't use any more resources because you would simply add it to a load of wash that you would be doing anyway. It's very compact. To recycle a paper towel (if it does get recycled) and turn it back into something useful takes energy as well. So there are many variables to consider! Thanks for posting.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.