Reduce your paper towel use and save a tree.

As many as 51,000 trees per day are required to replace the number of paper towels that are discarded every day. / Mike Morrison

Whether at work the office or at home paper towels are often the first choice for a quick clean up or to dry something off. While it's true that paper towels are made from a renewable resource trees there are greener and cheaper ways to go. Around the house and in the kitchen opt for that reusable sponge or towel for routine cleaning like wiping down the counters or cleaning up occasional spills. Skip the paper towels for drying things as well. Keep a hand towel handy and go paperless when you wash your hands or dry the dishes. This practice can help save a tree and actually save you money in the long run. Now there are some jobs that are just too messy to use your finer cloth towels on. For these jobs keep a supply of rags handy. Old t-shirts, unmatched socks or just old hand towels are great for this. For those clean ups that just seem to require paper towels purchase 100% recycled paper products. These are widely available and a much greener choice. These are just a few ways you can cut out paper towels and keep things clean while going green.