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.