Paper towels have been a staple in many households for a long time. They were first made in 1879 and some of the facts behind this product are shocking. Seventeen trees are cut down for every ton of paper towel and with their single use application, the paper towel globally, makes up 254 million tons of trash every year, that ends up in the landfill.
As a family, we too used our share of paper towels over all the years until one day I removed the paper towel holder from the kitchen counter and we refused to buy them ever again. However, that left a need that had to be filled quickly. What do you reach for when there is a sudden spill or something yucky that needs to be wiped up off the floor etc. We tried having extra rags or cloths on hand to replace the duty of the paper towel and that worked except for one big thing. The material in kitchen cloths or rags doesn't dry quickly and therefore it harbours bacteria which in turn causes odours. That is problematic for spreading bacteria on the counters when wiping them. So I researched for some time and tried various things until we discovered the magic in the cellulose sponge cloth..better known as the Swedish Cloth which was first developed in Sweden in 1949.
This has been such a game-changer in our lives when it comes to cleaning and doing dishes that we have designed our very own, which we call an Eco Cloth. It is a plant based cloth made of wood cellulose and cotton and each cloth replaces over 15 rolls of paper towel and lasts for 9 months or more. It replaces paper towels, sponges and cloths and is compostable and completely biodegradable and breaks down in soil without a trace. The cloth starts out dry and works when wet. You simply dampen it and watch it become a sponge cloth that absorbs twenty times its weight when wet. And another awesome detail...they are washable and reusable by placing on the top rack of the dishwasher or in the washing machine. As they are made of mostly wood cellulose, they air dry quickly and therefore do not grow bacteria which means they never smell. Once washed just lay them over the sink or counter and they will air dry quickly.
Our Eco cloth is as local as you can get with our daughter Katrina, a professional designer, doing the designs and then being printed right here in Victoria at RainCoast Printers.
So how do our Eco Cloths protect the Bees and preserve our life?
Our very first design happened when the Covid 19 pandemic began and we were building vertical gardens on the farm to grow more food for the local community, as a way to help out. Without the Bees and all their hard work at pollinating we would be challenged to grow much food. Every third bite of food is because a Bee has helped with pollination. Our first design was to highlight the Bee and its incredible importance in sustaining our lives through growing food. We wanted to help protect these hard working pollinators so we donate 10% of sales from every single Eco Cloth to The Pollinator Partnership Canada organization. They do amazing work in protecting the pollinators and educating us all on how we can help the Bees.
That is how every single Eco cloth purchased protects the Bees and preserves your life.