These sustainable paper towel and napkin alternatives are eco-friendly and effective

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Cleaning is still a top priority for many in 2021. That said, Americans spend a lot of money on something that gets tossed after one use. According to a 2017 study, household paper towel usage globally adds up to about $12 billion. American households alone make up about $5.7 billion of that portion. That’s a whole lot of paper being thrown away!

In an effort to reduce single-use waste, brands have developed sustainable paper products including towels, tissues and napkins. Take a look at some of the sustainable paper products that you can easily trade for traditional paper ones below.

1. Bamboo Towels Heavy Duty Machine Washable Reusable Rayon Towels, $8.99+

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Kitchen + Home’s Bamboo Towels give you the look and feel of paper towels. But pop these babies in the wash after you’ve used them and the roll of 20 sheets can replace up to six months of regular paper towels.

2. Cloth Paper Towels, $19.99

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These 11 x 16 inch towels can last for about six months, wet or dry. Each roll includes 75 perforated sheets, which are both lint-free and tear-resistant.

3. LastTissue Reusable Organic Tissue Pack, $23.99

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If you’re all about aesthetics, then LastTissue is for you. This to-go option is great for when you’re out and about. Pull a tissue from the bottom when you need it, then stuff it on the top once you’re finished. Get this: the box separates the used tissues from the unused ones! With this sustainable swap, you’ll save about 3,000 single-use tissues.

4. 100% Compostable Bamboo Dinner Napkins, $24.99

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Made from bamboo fibers, these dinner napkins can be used for your day-to-day lunches and even a nice dinner gathering. You can snag a pack of 200 for less than $25, and as the name suggests, they’re compostable and biodegradable.

5. Reusable Paper Towel Roll (Set of 3), $32

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These reusable paper towel rolls are super innovative. A single sheet can last you a week, and once its time is up, it’ll compost on its own, baring no waste.

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