“Shake and Fold” to Save Trees

“Shake and Fold” to Save Trees

by Jamie June 15, 2012


Who would’ve thought that these hand paper towels would cost so much for the environment. In the United States alone, 230,000 pounds of paper towels are used every year. To produce one tonne of paper towels, around 8299 gallons of water (which is equivalent to 166 baths) is required. This number is overwhelming—especially just for a simple task of drying our hands.

Nowadays, companies are starting to switch out their paper towel dispensers with hand dryers—this has reduced the number of paper towel use significantly. However, what can we do when we are faced with a washroom with paper towel dispensers? Is there a way for us to reduce our paper towel usage?

Joe Smith gave a short presentation at TEDxConcordiaUPortland on how simple it is to reduce 571,230,000 pounds of paper towel to just a simple 13 million. He only has two words: “shake” and “fold”.


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