Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 20 Buy Only Recycled Paper Towels

April 22nd, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22.

I admire those who do without paper towels. I’m not one of them. I’ve reduced my paper towel usage, and I buy only recycled paper towels.

I won’t go into my reasons for wanting paper towels around (ok -cleaning cat vomit is one), but I will say a big thank you to the retailers who stock recycled paper towels.

Of the stores I visit, it seems that my local Target does the best job with keeping plenty of recycled paper towels in stock. They have Seventh Generation, Green Forest and Scott Naturals. I never thought I’d see the day when I’d find not one, but three different recycled paper towels in Target!

If you use recycled paper towels, what is your favorite brand and why?

Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 18 Learn When to Shut Down

April 22nd, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22.

Turning on your computer does create a small surge in electrical use, but it’s often better to shut down when you won’t be around for a bit.

The guide for when to shut down your computer and switch off your monitor:┬áIf you’ll be away for 20 minutes, turn your monitor off, and if you’ll be gone for two hours, shut down your computer and turn the monitor off. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

I know that it’s hard to remember that you’ve left your computer on. This is a goal to reach for, but don’t beat yourself up if you walk into a room and realize you’ve left the computer on unused for five hours. Just do better the next time!