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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



What our clients are saying

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“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 can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“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!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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