Recycled paper towels

September 26th, 2007

I just happened to notice Seventh Generation paper towels today at the store. The package has a nice quote:

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”

— from The Great law of the Iroquois Confederacy

Wow, that’s a lot of thinking ahead. Big responsibility. But small choices like this help.
So, what’s so great about these paper towels? They are made from 100 percent recycled paper and chlorine bleach isn’t used to whiten them.

The packaging says that if every household replaced just one roll of virgin paper towels with 100 percent recycled ones, 544,000 trees would be saved. Also, this act would save 196 million gallons of water.

I paid $1.69 for the 70-sheet roll. For more info, visit

6 Responses to “Recycled paper towels”

  1. Virginia Lee on September 27, 2007 1:53 am

    Okay, I’m sold. And I’ll even go so far as to buy a roll once a month. I can’t afford more than that, but I can do that much.

    Still trying to find out about recycling in my apartment complex – so far no luck. Feh.

  2. chocmoon on September 27, 2007 3:21 am

    Virginia, have you tried visiting your city’s services website? It would be nice if your apartments offered recycling, but this seems to be a rare thing.

    I’m trying to work up the nerve to call my apartments about installing water heater blankets. They’ll probably remember me as the chic would bugged them about getting recycling bins, but that’s ok.

  3. Jennifer on September 27, 2007 7:28 am

    The only issue I have with 7th gen is that I don’t see their towels in bulk ever. So really you buy a lot of packaging too. I’d rather use old rags. But if people do buy paper towels I think they should buy recycled.

  4. chocmoon on September 27, 2007 1:20 pm

    Hi Jennifer. I have considered giving up paper towels, but I think I’m so messy that I’d end up doing more laundry more frequently to clean the towels I used.

    The packaging does ask you to recycle the bag. Since it’s a plastic bag, I’m guessing that it can be recycled along with the plastic shopping bags at the grocery store.

    I wonder why they don’t sell in bulk.

  5. Amie on October 21, 2007 12:57 am

    excellent post – thank you!

  6. chocmoon on October 21, 2007 2:13 am

    Thanks for stopping by Amie!

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