Just Take(s) One!

Thirteen billion pounds of paper towels are used in America each year. Many times, people take multiple towels to dry their hands. If everyone gave up just one each day, we could save 571,230,000 pounds every year.

So, how do we make the most of only one, or even one-half of, a paper towel? Oregon activist Joe Smith explains it takes two simple steps before drying: SHAKE and FOLD. After turning off the water, SHAKE the water off your hands. Next, FOLD the paper towel in half. If it is a tri-fold towel in a public restroom, open it up and fold it in half. Now wipe your hands dry! Learn more and watch Joe Smith demonstrate his one-towel technique at TED.com.

Other ways to save paper towels include using an air dryer whenever available and using fabric towels at home, which cut down on waste, as well as paper consumption.

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