Decreasing napkin paper towel waste doesn't have to be hard, nor does it have to be appalling to reduce, reuse, or recycle paper towels. These concepts might sound gross when you first hear of them. But, this effort doesn't have to be unsanitary or even plain unpalatable.
Saving the Earth is important to every caring person who strives to follow green living practices, and even small steps like purchasing them from companies which are using recycled paper in their products can go a long way toward reducing the trash in landfills. A great bonus of course, is the ability to save money. If you're using recycled paper towels already (and any environmentally-conscious person should be!) then, the cost per roll is about $1.50 as of 2010. Even if you're using regular paper towels, the cost can still exceed about $.35 a roll. Marcal, Green Forest, and Seventh Generation are just a few of the companies using recycled paper in their products.
Paper towels and napkins can get used up FAST, especially if you cook a lot, clean consciously and/or have young children.
One of the best ways to immediately start ending napkin waste is to use one-ply instead of two. This also helps save money.
Unfortunately, most localities aren't going to let you recycle paper towels by putting them into a collection bin. They are considered personal hygiene products and thus not able to be actually recycled due to potential contamination. But, don't let this stop you from finding creative ways to do your part in alleviating the burden of landfills.