12 Shakes to Reduce Paper Towel Waste

The Problem

We waste a shit-ton of paper towels washing our hands. Yeah, you heard me, a SHIT-TON! In case you’re wondering, a shit-ton is the obscene equivalent to 13 billion pounds of paper towels used by Americans every year.

The good news is we can greatly reduce this number by 571 million pounds a year if we kept to just one sheet of paper towel per wash.

I know what you’re thinking, “Paper towels are pitiful and inadequate. I could never use just one!” Be as it may, Joe Smith has a proven method, which he demoed during a Ted Talk back in 2012. This is guaranteed to change the way you wash your hands.

Joe Smith: How to Use a Paper Towel

In Summary

It’s a simple method, that I can confirm works as advertised. Here’s what you do:

Shake – After washing shake your hands 12 times. Why 12? Twelve is a good number for a dozen reasons, but according to Joe, “Twelve apostles, twelve tribes, twelve zodiac signs, twelve months.”

Fold – Take a paper towel and fold it in half. Joe emphasizes the importance of the fold. It makes the towel more substantial, and therefore, more effective when using less.

So, there you go. Who knew it could be that easy? Watch the video, How to Use a Paper Towel, and save the environment.

Also See: 50+ Eco-Friendly Ideas so Easy You Can Start Today

If you have some clever and easy ways to reduce waste, we want to hear from you! Leave a comment and help us make small, yet impactful changes to our daily routine.


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