DIY Unpaper Towels are a great way to be stylish and eco-friendly at the same time! It all started when my friend Sarah posted something on Facebook that she wanted someone to get unpaper towels from a seller on Etsy for a wedding present. They were over $50, plus shipping! I told her I would make them for her instead, and thankfully, she loved the idea.
Aren’t these a great way to be more eco-friendly? We are constantly trying to find ways to reduce trash and lower our carbon footprint (like cloth diapering, making our own cleaners, ditching plastic, and making homemade products). Plus, I’m super cheap and hate buying paper towels. They are so expensive, and you literally buy them just to throw them away. Geesh. It’s like throwing money in the trash.
There are so many ways to be more eco-conscious these days, and one of the first and easiest things to do is to reduce your consumption of single-use products and reduce plastic. Single-use products are things (ahem, like paper towels) that you would use one time and then throw them away. They contribute to unnecessary and excess trash, which is never a good thing. Of course, sometimes we don’t have another option other than to use single use products. Back in the day, like when I originally wrote this post, I was a huge stickler. I used to think there was never an appropriate time for a single-use product.
Then I had kids and had to learn some grace. It’s good to be aware of problems with our environment and the unsustainable amount of trash we create. But, we each individually can only do so much, and sometimes we fall back on having to use single-use products. Like when we redid our kitchen and had to rely on a lot of paper plates and microwaveable meals. It killed me a little inside, but I gave myself grace. We’re all doing the best we can with what we have, right?
Anyway, these Unpaper Towels are a great way to ditch the paper towels and be a little more eco-friendly.
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How To Reduce Plastic Use And Single Use Products.
- Choose glass or metal straws instead of plastic ones.
- Use reusable containers to bring your lunch to work. These glass containers are awesome!
- Instead of paper napkins, try cloth napkins.
- Bring a reusable glass or metal water bottle instead of buying plastic ones.
- Keep a set of silverware in your car if you have to go out to eat.
- Use beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap.
Unpaper Towel Materials
- Terry cloth – about 1/2 yard
- Cotton or flannel fabric – about 1/2 yard
- Matching thread
Unpaper Towels Tutorial
Aren’t these unpaper towels really adorable and fun? I wish I got to keep them! This is a great weekend project and so eco-friendly! What do you do to reduce trash?
Need more eco-friendly ideas… check these out!
- Easy Ways To Live More Sustainable
- Filtering water at home
- Check out this eco-friendly gift guide for adults or for kids!