Up here in the land of Whoville, on top of Mt. Crumpit, I never thought I'd see the day I would give up paper goods. Living on a hill with a dirt driveway with two small boys is a pretty messy experience, and when life gives you spilled lemonade...grab your paper towels.
It doesn't really matter if the glaciers are melting or not, or if you think macaws are going homeless without a rain forest. Reducing the amount of paper products you use is at least worth considering on three points.
Mass consumption of paper is....
2) Full of chemicals
3) It costs money
Notice none of those are one of the ten commandments or anything. So if you're clutching a roll of Bounty and daring me to pry them from your cold dead fingers... don't worry. I won't be judging your Huggies or Kleenex. Wipe, change and sniffle away.
But if you're interested in ways to go green. Here's some stuff I've done and some other stuff that's just plain cool.
Get as fancy or as simple as you like. I've dyed, painted, stitched and sewn my way through more of these than is recommended by the general surgeon. I have some kept away for special occaisons (they get stain treated and pressed) and some for general, everyday use (these do not get any special treatment...just thrown into the wash at the end of a meal).
Terry Towel Rags
You know how paper towel commercials brag about absorbency and sturdiness? They are tissue paper compared to the manly bag of terry towel squares you can buy at Home Depot for a few dollars.
They are so absorbent that half the time I use them to dry dishes because they work too darn well. They aren't pretty, but they get the job done.
Too big of a topic to go into right now, but isn't this the cutest diaper you've ever seen?
Cloth Coffee Filters
Reusable Hemp Coffee Filter
Pick and use liberally.
...Just Kidding! We're not quite there yet.