In Focus: Ecosense Goods

Why should I stop using paper towels?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015 American’s generated about 7.4 billion pounds of waste made up of paper towels and other “tissues” (The Atlantic). If we think of this as a small slice of the total waste produced by Americans from year to year, things start to get daunting. 

Generally speaking, a reusable item is almost always the more favorable option for sustainability. So why is it seen as normal to throw away endless amounts of paper towels (and money)? We’re still scratching our heads about this one.

What is better to use than paper towels?

At our shop and at home, a reusable & washable cloth UnPaper Towel from EcoSense Goods is our dependable eco-friendly swap. Hand made in Waunakee, WI using solar power, these soft cotton flannel cloths are super soft and super absorbent. 

What can you use UnPaper Towels for?

Just about anything! Unpaper towels are the most versatile thing in any low-waste system and can be used for…

  • Makeup removal
  • Wiping up countertop spills
  • Bathroom cleaning
  • Wiping pet paws
  • Dining on the go
  • Gift wrapping

Unpaper towels are the accessory to adopt if you’re looking to cut the paper towel habit. Check out our wide selection of patterns and solid print unpaper towels available in sets of one, six or twelve here.

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Hanna Kohn

Hanna Kohn is the Operations Manager & Marketing Coordinator with Green Life Trading Co. where she has been educating and connecting individuals and small businesses with sustainable products and solutions since 2021. She holds a degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Sustain Dane Master Recycler and Water Steward. When she's not at the shop, Hanna volunteers at WVMO 98.7 FM - Monona's Community Radio Station where she hosts Playhouse, a weekly broadcast of music including contemporary electronic, synth pop and jazz. Connect with Hanna via email: