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Sustainability Tip: Reducing the use of Paper Towels

We have all been spending more time at home and probably using more single use plastics and paper products. The smallest household change, can lead to bigger worldly impacts. Today, we are focusing on paper towels, and here’s why:

  • The creation of paper towels uses a ton of resources like water and trees
  • Some paper towel brands are not biodegradable and produce gasses when broken down
  • Paper towels are not the only paper household item – these resources are also used to produce things like toilet paper and napkins

Here are some ways to start reducing the use of paper towels:

  • Kitchen Towels: microfiber or cotton towels absorb spills, clean counters, and dry dishes, just like paper towels! But, they are reusable! Throw them in the laundry and after a wash, rinse, and dry cycle, you have a good as new, clean kitchen towel to use again.
  • Keep Track: when something has become a daily habit – like reaching over for a paper towel – we stop acknowledging what we are doing. Try keeping track of how many individual paper towels are used daily, and how many rolls are used monthly. Make it a competition between family and friends, who can cut down their paper towel usage the most?
  • Old Rags: keep a collection of old t-shirts, towels, or rags to use when cleaning. Repurposing at its finest! Old cloths can also be used and washed and used again – reducing paper towel waste.
  • Make this Change Throughout your Home: keep hand towels in the bathroom and consider using cloth napkins that can be washed.
  • Eco-Friendly Paper Towels: not all paper towels are created environmentally equal. If you are set on using disposable paper towels, do some research for an eco-friendly variety.

Share with us how you have been reducing your paper towel usage! What are other things you are doing to make your home more sustainable?

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  • November 4, 2020

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“I just wanted to touch base as another school year draws to end. I cannot thank you enough for how smoothly this year went. Chef Felix [Herrera] and his staff made it seamless in a year with lots of wrinkles.    ”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“We appreciate the excellent service that is a hallmark of the Chadwick Culinart team. You all are such professionals - and you always deliver your service in such a pleasant manner! Thank you for everything you do to help make the Village events successful. We greatly appreciate your talents, efforts, and kindness.”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

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