The cost of a roll of convenience


Welcome to our month long buy less plan! Read here to get caught up on what’s going on.

Day: 12

Product: We could use less paper towels (and paper plates, paper napkins, paper cups, etc.) Paper towels are almost always overkill. Regular towels are the way to go.

I'm sorry. I spilled your water.

I’m sorry. I spilled your water. There may have only been a few drops left but I got it. I got it.

Now, if you’re cleaning up something gross enough or stainy enough you may want to dip into the paper towel stash, but better yet pull out a rag.

I don’t know about you but we create a crazy amount of rags around here. We’ve got two boys and they are always staining, ripping, and outgrowing their clothes. If we have outgrown clothes, we make sure they get passed on to someone else who can use them, but stained and torn clothes make their way to the rag bag.

1 stained T-shirt + 1 pair of scissors = 4 cleaned up messes of paint, bodily fluids, or extra glue.

Or there’s something else that can double as paper towels. Every day mailmen (and mailwomen) deliver lots and lots of useless paper that retailers pay for to convince you to buy their stuff.

Papers work great for cleaning windows (though I just use a regular towel) or for putting down before polishing shoes or cleaning out your oven or lining the litter box or anything else your imagination comes up with.

(Just don’t use them for getting ideas about more stuff you “need.”)

Now you’ll only need paper towels when you have guests come over and they’re used to using them.

Reason to buy less: The woman who lost her job a month ago and is looking for ____ at the thrift store will be much happier with ____ than you ever will. Take it to her.

Suggestion: If you want to buy it, most likely someone has already had your same idea and bought it. It’s also likely that someone else is already done using it. Buy it from them and they recover some of their costs, you get what you want at a lower price, and you save the thing from a trip to the dead-end landfill. Win-win-win!

Try yard sales, thrift stores, Craigslist, E bay, Facebook, word of mouth. Figure out how to not need for manufacturers to make a new one just for you.

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