Why Shop Towel Services Are the Eco-Friendly Option

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Disposable paper towels are problematic, ecologically speaking. There is mounting evidence – here, here, and here, for starters – that show how paper towels are negatively impacting the environment in bigger ways than we had once thought.

Unfortunately, paper towels have become such an essential part of our day-to-day lives that it is practically impossible to imagine completely doing away with them. In fact, America is the world’s largest consumer of paper towels.

In 2017, the U.S. spent more than $5 billion on paper towels, roughly about the same amount spent on paper towels by the rest of the world. Not sure how to picture that? That’s the equivalent of 3,000 tons of paper towels used every single day – and that’s just in America alone! Though it takes only a month for a single paper towel to fully decompose, our consumption is way too much and too fast for the biodegradation process to ever catch up.

Conservationists are advocating for better, more sustainable alternatives for paper towels. For instance, many people are making the switch from paper towels in restrooms to electric hand dryers, which have been found to be eco-friendlier than paper. But, electric hand dryers can only address one thing. Paper towels are used in cleaning and drying for a variety of tasks that need more sustainable solutions.

Shop towels are the solution.

The convenience that paper towels bring is not worth the consequences that they have on the environment. This is where shop towels come in. They have continuously lost to the popularity of the paper towels, but they prove to be the better, eco-friendlier alternative to their single-use counterpart. Here are some of the reasons why:

  1. Reduction of solid waste. Shop towels have multiple uses in them before they need to be retired, compared to single-use paper towels. And, after your shop towels have worn down, you have a couple of ways to recycle them.
  2. Reusability. Shop towels are reusable. They’re a great way to reduce the solid waste we send on to the nation’s landfills. To put it in perspective, it takes 17 trees and 20,000 gallons of water to make 1 ton of paper towels which will head straight to the landfill after a single wipe or two.
  3. More efficient cleaning options. Compared to paper towels, shop towels can clean a wider variety of messes and stains. A shop towel can clean up wet and dry messes alike, and it can even tackle harder-to-clean stains like grease and mud. Not to mention, what one shop towel can do efficiently, as far as clean-up is concerned, would require ten, maybe twenty times more paper towels to achieve.

On the smaller, household scale, it might not seem significantly impactful. However, if you put this idea into a business setting, the simple act of replacing your single-use towels with shop towels will make a massive impact.

Shop Towels, Laundry, and Sustainability

Despite the ecological benefits, not everyone is a fan of shop towels because they still have to be laundered in a large-scale commercial facility on the regular basis which, as we all know, takes up immense amounts of water and energy. Not to mention, delivering them to and from the laundry facility and the commercial business raises the carbon footprint of this option.

That was true – until recently, with the advent and advocating of the Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program (Laundry ESP)! It’s a big switch that commercial laundry facilities make to lessen the environmental impact of their operations. For Doritex, this includes:

  • Switching to an environmentally-friendly laundry formula
  • Reduced water usage and water recycling
  • Reduced electricity usage
  • Reduced pollutants released into the environment
  • Enhanced route delivery system for efficient trips

On top of being more sustainably sourced and maintained, Doritex’s shop towels also come in excellent quality. They are durable, clean, and ideal for various commercial uses. With better products and enhanced, eco-friendly laundry practices, Doritex’s shop towels and services are easily your best and most effective first step towards making a positive impact on the environment without getting shortchanged on the quality of items that you get for your business.

Get the Better, Greener Option Today!

Contact Doritex today at 800-242-2145 to learn more about our Laundry ESP and eco-friendly products!