Day 70: Save the world with 1 paper towel

A couple of weeks ago I published a post about how many of us were probably tying our shoelaces the wrong way. At the time I thought it was a very odd Ted talk, and questioned whether I was being punked. However, by the end of the video I got it, the shoelaces were just a metaphor, a quirky vehicle to share a message. Today’s blog post is another one of those videos.  Ted speaker Joe Smith is on a mission, he wants us all to know the correct way to use a paper towel.

Don’t be greedy. One paper towel is plenty

According to Joe we only need to use one paper towel to dry our hands, anything more is excessive consumption. Joe gets out a bucket of water and paper towel and demonstrates how easy it is to dry your hands with just one paper towel. It’s all in the technique. I won’t go into details, but the clip is only a couple of minutes long and Joe is an entertaining presenter, so it’s well worth a quick watch.

It’s not really about paper towels

Joe ends his Ted talk with a pretty staggering fact  “one towel per person for one year — 571,230,000 pounds of paper. No small thing. And next year, toilet paper.” And that’s the true message of this Ted talk.  If each one of us, minimised our consumption fractionally each day the results would be huge. My pet “over-consumption” peeve is paper cups. So many workplaces have paper cups in the tea room for staff, and with most staff having three breaks each day, that’s 15 paper cups per staff per week in the bin. If there is twenty staff in the office that’s a huge 300 cups thrown into the bin each week. why not just use a reusable mug!

What about you? What’s you pet “over-consumption” peeve? Share your peeves and solutions in the comment below.

Vanessa Rose