Had a good time quizzing audience members on their eco-IQ today with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
“Let’s say the average American works 240 days a year and washes their hands at least three times a day while at the office. If only one paper towel is used (some people use more), that adds up to 720 a year. This doesn’t even include the number of paper towels and napkins being used in restaurants, retail stores, stadiums, and libraries. Mind boggling.
A little perspective: the NRDC estimates that if every household in the United States used one less roll of paper towels, we could save 544,000 trees.
According to the EPA, paper accounts for 28 percent of municipal waste contributing 26 million tons to landfills. Though paper towels are great for compost, sorting waste in public bathrooms is a challenge to say the least. These sorting issues plus fiber quality means paper towels used in public spaces are rarely recycled and often end up in landfills.”
It's December 28th at long last and Planet Home is now available. I'm starting the press for it in early January and will be touring around the country the last week of the month. In the meantime, I'm excited mentions are starting to pop up at Practically Green and The Daily Green. I'm also thrilled to be launching my new website at the same time as Planet Home pubs. What do you think? I'm going to have a lot to say here in upcoming weeks and months. But before I can settle in and enjoy the Planet Home ride, I have to finish some edits on The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat which comes out in May. Time to get back to the beef chapter….