I think this is a good reminder to be conscientious when you're washing your hands in a public place where they offer only paper towels. He's right if you shake your hands 12 times fold the paper towel and then dry your hands, your hands will get dry quicker without using as much paper towel .
Do the Paper Towel Challenge
When a class in a Brattleboro evening care facility did this challenge during Vermontivate! 2012, they so drastically reduced the amount of paper towel use in their classroom that they were able to change the size of their waste bin from big to small.
Thirteen billion pounds of paper towels are used by Americans every year - mostly because people aren't thinking when they dry their hands. That's too much, but it's not hard to fix...
- Go to Resources and watch Joe Smith's charming TED talk about reducing paper towel use.
- Give it a shot! Does it work for you - or at least change how you think about drying your hands?
- Tell us all about it!
Already a hand-drying expert?
Share the video with a friend and let us know how they react. Or, take someone to the bathroom and teach them how to shake and pat. Maybe take some photos or video of your Very Important Bathroom Lesson.
Paper Towel Ted Talk