Now that I’m permanently carrying around a hankette so I don’t need Kleenex, portable chopsticks so I don’t need plastic cutlery and a compact nylon tote so I don’t need plastic bags, my purse is getting a little crowded. A friend’s dad said that I should just go all the way and invest in a full-fledged eco-toolbelt.
But because this blog is about baby steps, and because I’m a bit of a closet environmentalist, I’m not about to invest in a hemp backpack and cart around an entire set of Tupperware.
What I am doing as of today, however, is not using paper towels when I go to the bathroom. Although cramming a hand towel into my purse is a great idea in theory, it’s not so great in practice as my purse is small and cute. So the plan for now is to have a towel in my desk drawer at work and just use my hankette if I’m out at a restaurant, bar or shopping mall — as I don’t blow my nose often, I don’t think it’s too gross to do this… but is it? Well, if so, I’ll just wipe my hands on my pants. Wait, is that gross too?
Oh, and I’m not going to be using any hand dryers, either, because not only are they a waste of electricity but they take for-freaking-ever to get the job done.
I have to give my friend Melissa credit for suggesting this; she works in Ottawa (for the government — shh!) and says that by 10 a.m. the garbage in her office bathroom is already overflowing with paper towels. So Mel, I’m going for it, are you going to join me?
Photo of a 70% bamboo hand towel from Babaloo, a cool eco-company that even sells bamboo nappies!