Are your friends amazingly accomplished people?

Mine are.

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They’re good at their jobs, crush it in the friend department, and manipulate the market like nobody’s business. They know stuff.

Well, most stuff. One thing they may not know is how to dry their hands.

 

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I stumbled on a TED Talk by a lawyer from Oregon. He opened my eyes to how many paper towels we waste. The number hovers around 571 million pounds per year–in America alone.

To make one ton of paper towels 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water are polluted.
In the U.S. we currently use more than 13 billion pounds of paper towels each year and that number is growing steadily. This equals more than 3,000 tons of paper towel waste in the U.S. alone.

His proposed solution is gilt-edged genius.

Hint: It isn’t this.

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Ready?

 

 

That’s it. Twelve shakes. After that you’ll only need a single sheet.

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You’ll rid your skin of excess water and save a tree…or a million.  Try it.

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Let’s talk water.  We take it for granted that it will be there. Safe and clean, always on tap.

 

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Here in south Florida, the Everglades provide 1 in 3 of us with fresh drinking water. But that water supply is at risk.

Last November, 75 percent of Floridians voted for Amendment 1 that set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to buy land to save the Everglades and protect our drinking water supply.

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Voters said yes to providing the Legislature with the funding necessary but Florida legislators and Governor Rick Scott did not act on it during the 2015 legislative session.  Add my voice to the chorus of disapproval.

 

Shake. Fold. Act.  It’s as simple as that.

 

Got a simple eco-tip ?   Do share.  Here’s mine:  Use 100% recycled paper towels. The Natural Resources Defense Council says 544,000 trees can be saved annually, if every U.S. household replaced a single roll of virgin fiber paper towels with 100% recycled ones.

*Header quote: Lewis Black, American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor.

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6 thoughts on “When a country wants television more than they want clean water, they’ve lost their grip.*

  1. Great post! Thank you for sharing. I’ve always wondered how much waste comes from paper towels. I also noticed you’re from Florida as well! Love there are more people here in this state dedicated to taking care of it!

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  2. Good ideas. How about a paper towel vending machine in the comfort room? A penny per towel. No change returned. Use the money over and above the cost of the towels for modernizing the facility.

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