When is the last time you printed something? Wiped a spill? Grabbed a coffee? Changed a diaper? Polished a mirror? Blew your nose? Or even... used the bathroom? Americans use a LOT of paper. According to the EPA, we Americans use more than 90 million tons of paper and paperboard. That's an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year. That's the weight of 25 two-year-olds, 25 Stronglite aluminum massage tables, 23 mountain bikes or one American alligator!
Maybe one of your upcoming resolutions is to have a bigger impact on the earth and cut back your paper consumption. One super-simple, budget-friendly thing that helps the environment is substituting cloth for paper. It's easy and certainly not daunting when you learn more about it.
Perhaps you've wondered about using more reusable products, but you think the up-front cost is too much. You're worried about laundry. You don't want to touch "weird stuff". You're not sure where to begin, period! Well, this Meet-Up will demystify your questions about: "un-paper towels," household cleaning, cloth diapers, reusable wipes, cloth hygiene products, and more. You will learn about your cloth options, where to buy them locally and online, how to make them, and how to maintain them to get the most bang for your buck. Need easy DIY holiday gifts? These can fit the bill!) Reusable products won't be mysterious any longer... They might even be fun!
Irene's Wellness Coordinator and Terra-cycle campaign organizer Carrie Burgan committed to making the switch in 2012 and hasn't regretted it. Sure, she still uses paper, but her consumption (and budget!) have gone WAY down in the last year. She considers herself a "hybrid mama," meaning that she wants to do her part to save the earth, but also have a maximum impact on convenience and finances. Join her to discuss how you can pitch the paper. Bring your questions, your own reusable solutions, and your curiosity and see what can happen in 2014!
Feel free to post questions in advance on the Meet-Up page and Carrie will do her best to bring you answers! The first 24 participants to register will also receive complimentary samples of laundry detergent specially designed for cloth diapers and other reusable cloth products, which is safe for your reusables and safe for the environment.