I don’t consider myself a granola conservationist, but due to the way my parents taught me and my siblings to respect the earth, I keep an eye on my impact on the environment. I turn off the light when I’m not in the room. I don’t flush the toilet every time I pee. I use canvas grocery bags, and I use cloth towels in the kitchen. I also make all of my clothes out of cat hair.
I deviate from my environmentally friendly upbringing in one key way: I use paper napkins. Growing up, we used cloth napkins every night. Now I keep a big roll of paper towels in the kitchen, and I tear off a piece every night to use with dinner.
Whenever I buy paper towels, I always end up with the big sheets. That’s the standard kind, right?
The thing is, I don’t need a sheet that big for my nightly napkin. So I end up tearing the big sheet in half.
I’m aware that the half-size sheets exist; I just always forget about that when I’m at the grocery store. Well, I remembered yesterday. So I wanted to take today to share my appreciation for the paper towel researcher who realized that some people only use half the towel and that we could waste a lot less paper by adding an extra perforation. Thank you, sir or ma’am. You will go on my Hall of Fame of everyday heroes along with the person who invented the wide-mouth beer can and the person who created self-foaming soap. I salute you.