The average person uses around 3,000 paper towels each year – and that’s just at work. So it’s no real surprise that more than 3,000 tons of paper towel waste are produced every day in the U.S. alone. Hoping to reduce that mountain of methane-producing trash, PeopleTowels has developed a very simple solution: personal hand towels that can be reused again and again.
The Japanese (among others) have been using personal hand towels for decades. Now California-based PeopleTowels hopes to spread the habit worldwide, launching its pocket-sized, quick-drying hand towels made from 100% organic fair trade cotton.
Several of the designs are the result of a crowdsourced design contest, with another one planned for this summer. 1% of PeopleTowels’ sales profits go to 1% for The Planet. Branding and private-label options are also available. According to the brand, each consumer can save one-quarter of a tree, reduce landfill waste by 23 lbs and conserve 250 gallons of water by switching to its towels for just one year.