How many paper towels do you use after washing your hands at a public restroom? If you are like many people, you probably grab three or four towels, dry your hands and drop them in the trash.
You can reduce that number to one paper towel per hand washing by following Joe Smith’s mantra of “shake and fold.”
After washing your hands the requisite 19 seconds, Smith suggests that you shake your hands 12 times – though more won’t hurt. Then grab one paper towel, fold it in half and dry your hands. It is the interstitial suspension that creates the drying properties of the towel.
If every person follows this rule, 571,230,000 pounds of paper will be saved from being thrown into the landfill.
If you are in one of those restrooms that only has an air dryer, shaking before using the air dryer will decrease the amount of time that you will use to dry your hands. Saving energy and your time.
This is just one small change that you can make that could have a huge impact on the environment. By not wasting paper towels, you will be saving resources like trees and energy.