Disclaimer: www.PeopleTowels.com sent their products for me to sample. I was not paid to write this review and there are no affiliate links in this post.
(Thank you People Towels for allowing me the AWESOME opportunity to find out what the buzz is all about!)
So glad you enjoyed all the photos I posted of my recent special delivery . I certainly enjoyed receiving the 5-day supply + eco pouch! I have used them at home and also take one or two with me when I am out and about. I love that you can use them as a napkin, paper towel, coaster, and so much more. Any time you’d use a napkin or paper towel, you can use (and wash and re-use) the PeopleTowel.
“PeopleTowels® was inspired by the Japanese custom to carry a small hand towel with you when you’re out and about. Because most public restrooms in Japan don’t provide paper towels, people carry their own resuable hand towel to dry their hands after washing. There are many other convenient uses for carrying a hand towel too, such as using it as a napkin, coaster, wiping small spills, etc.” – People Towels
Can you believe how much waste is involved by using disposable paper towels?!
About the Company
You all know I love digging deep and finding out about more than just the product itself. When I write reviews, I love to know WHERE this product is coming from. What caused the business to come about? How did it start? These are some of the questions that cross my mind when I’m in “review mode.”
“Inspired by Nature. Driven by You. PeopleTowels® is born of the belief that we can all find new ways to personally incorporate sustainability and conservation into our daily lives. PeopleTowels is an idea borrowed from the Japanese, who have been using reusable, personal hand towels for decades. We’re a small group of individuals, united by a dream and energized by our passionate belief that sustainable solutions should be within everyone’s reach. We share a common concern for the environment and the effects that pollution, deforestation and global warming are having on the earth and its inhabitants. That’s why we created PeopleTowels.
As a member of 1% for the Planet, PeopleTowels has pledged one percent of its gross sales through 2010 to the Breast Cancer Fund with a minimum donation guarantee of $2,500.”
I LOVE that this company believes in sustainability as much as they do – and that it’s a small group of eco-friendly, motivated folks who share the same dream and passion and have come together to make and BE the change required to help preserve our beautiful and most precious, Mother Earth!
Heart(s) of the Company
Now that we know a little about the company itself, let’s dig a little deeper and find out some cool stuff about the true heart(s) of it all.
“For over a year, on nights and weekends, Linda Lannon and Mary Wallace planned the strategy for the business that became PeopleTowels, while managing their full-time executive day jobs. With much help and encouragement from their families, the business became a reality. For both, PeopleTowels has turned a passion for the environment into a labor of love. It is their hope that the adoption of PeopleTowels will have a positive and lasting impact on the planet for generations to come.”
How awesome is that?!
Mary Wallace, Co-Founder
As I researched and discovered WHY the company was born and who started it, I loved learning the history behind the decision…
”Mary Wallace is the inspiration behind PeopleTowels. Wallace has a deep concern for the environment and has been "living green" for years. She first discovered the concept of personal hand towels on her first visit to Japan over a decade ago and has been using and collecting them ever since. Prior to founding PeopleTowels, Wallace held significant senior management positions and sales roles with leading education companies including WRC Media, Inc. and Pearson Education, where she lead industry-leading Sales & Marketing, Training and Technical Support divisions. Wallace has experience in both start-ups and large, established corporations, and is recognized for her track record in expanding businesses of any size and dramatically growing sales in new markets and territories.”
The Current Situation
The use of disposable paper towels is having a devastating impact on the environment. Some of the facts about paper towel consumption and its impact are:
“Mary Wallace, PeopleTowels’ visionary & co-founder showing the amount of paper towel waste generated by 1 person outside of the home a year in the US.”
Linda Lannon, Co-Founder
And the other half of the company’s heart beats strong with a desire to put a halt on the throw-away lifestyle that has become so common….
“Linda Lannon has a long-held concern for the harmful effects of the American “throw-away culture.” She believes that often times what’s old is new and that by recycling ideas we can simplify our lives and have less of an impact on the environment. Prior to founding PeopleTowels, Lannon held senior management positions with leading companies in education, consumer software, and children’s book publishing. Lannon successfully launched and marketed numerous educational and consumer products for such diverse companies as CTB/McGraw-Hill, Riverdeep (now Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group) and Scholastic. Lannon has also held significant positions in Fortune 500 companies, as well as small entrepreneurial companies, and has a proven record of success in bringing new products to market and growing market share.”
Awesome job, ladies!
About the Towels
PeopleTowels are a dream come true to those of you who:
love to recycle/reuse
love to do your part to help save the environment
Is that you? No? Well, I still think you’ll love people towels! They’re pure awesomeness! And they’re addictive – you’ll want to keep using them and keep collecting the other cool designs!
What is a PeopleTowel?
”PeopleTowels is the newest concept in sustainability and the latest in eco-chic fashion. A Green alternative to paper towels in public facilities, these quick-drying, reusable personal hand towels are made of lightweight, 100% Organic, Fair Trade Cotton. PeopleTowels come in a variety of inspired designs, printed with eco-friendly dyes, to appeal to different tastes and styles. PeopleTowels are small enough to carry anywhere, and the custom-made fabric is absorbent enough to dry your hands, yet dries quickly. Convenient hangtags even allow you to easily clip or loop your PeopleTowel to your backpack, belt buckle or purse. PeopleTowels are a small sustainable lifestyle change that everyone can do for the planet. Unlike paper towels and other hand-drying methods, PeopleTowels are a zero waste product and do not contribute to harmful practices like deforestation and the growing problems of paper waste, excessive water consumption and pollution. PeopleTowels are designed to last for years through easy maintenance (all PeopleTowels are machine washable) and the use of high quality materials (100% certified organic cotton). Our designs are silk screened with eco-friendly dyes on a custom-made organic fabric, so you may see slight variations in the towels.”
A Hook to Hang it On!
Made from Organic Cotton!
If you’re frugal and environmentally aware, you already see the pros but let me share my thoughts.
The positive aspects of carrying your own hand towel(s) is that you:
don’t have to waste paper towels in public restrooms
don’t have to stand in line for the hand dryer (which is NOT eco-friendly)
don’t have to use throw-away napkins if you spill a drink or just need a napkin while you’re eating out somewhere
they’re small enough to easily carry, yet just the right size for getting good use out of them
for what you’ll pay for one of these that you’ll use again and again, you’d spend on one budget-friendly case of paper towels that have to be bought over and over – increasing waste (and expense) like crazy
You get the idea, right?
I can’t really think of any cons. At $7 each, PeopleTowels won’t break the bank. Invest in a few and you’ll save tons on disposable napkins, paper towels, and the environment. They’re not hard to use or transport so I can’t think of any reason to NOT like them! Besides, now you can even buy them in BULK !
Honestly, I was a teeny bit worried when I opened the PeopleTowels package and noticed that these cloth hand towels are actually smaller than I had envisioned. This is NOT a bad thing and I guess I just thought they’d be bigger, for whatever reason.
However, as I tried them out (with sopping wet hands), I found them to be SUPER absorbent—and exactly the right size for tucking neatly in a purse or pocket. I’m sure folks thought I was a little – or a lot! – bonkers for taking pictures in a public bathroom – but oh well! Ha! Ha! Such is the life of a blogger, eh?
Dryin’ in Style!
Perfectly Dry Hands!
I give People Towels an…
Do you have any experience with or knowledge of PeopleTowels ? Do you go through paper towels like crazy? Or do you use washable hand towels? Now that you’ve learned about reusable PeopleTowels, would you give them a try? Will you be more conscious of your disposable paper towels? And… I have a surprise for y’all!!!!!!!!!!!! Stay tuned…