Replace Paper Towels with a Reusable Cloth Alternative

| 11/27/2019 10:48:00 AM

When I heard about "unpaper towels," my first thought was, My grandmother would be disappointed in humanity to hear dishcloths touted as a new invention.

For those who aren't familiar, "unpaper towel" are the reusable alternative to paper towels. They're the millennial version of dish cloths. And while we might be prone to blaming millennials for this idea that dishcloths are a new idea, we can hardly blame them when they grew up with parents who may have used single use products almost exclusively.

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I'm not blaming you, mom and dad. Toilet paper became popular in the 1920s, and paper towels followed behind in the 30s. It was convenient and "the thing" to do. For most of us (I'm nearly a millennial), our parents were the first generation raised when those products were expected to be kept in the house.

My grandma lived through the Great Depression. Her family moved back and forth between Quebec and New Hampshire, trying to make a go at farming in the different climates. They eventually settled in New Hampshire, where she raised my mom and her four sisters. She was cut-the-mold-off-the-cheese level thrifty.

By the time younger generations were born, disposable products were the norm and there was societal expectations working against reusable products. Mention you use cloth diapers? There's a good chance a friend or family member will offer to buy you disposables because they assume you can't afford them.

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