January 19, 2009

Un-Paper Towels from The Milkweed Mercantile

It's no secret that I'm trying to cut back on paper use in our household, so when I came across these reusable hemp cloths at The Milkweed Mercantile, I had to give them a try.

These cloths aren't just handy to replace paper towels, they may also be used as:
  • wash cloths
  • for dish washing and drying
  • as super soft napkins
  • as baby wipes
  • for cleaning and dusting
They are super thick, plush and absorbent, and they are eco-friendly as they're made from hemp and organic cotton. The 4x6 size comes in a pack of five for $5, and this size would be ideal for use as baby wipes. The 8x8 size comes in a pack of three for $9, and this size would be best for napkins and adult sized wash cloths. The 11x11 size is the size to grab for use as paper towel substitutes, and they are 3 for $12.

As excited as I am about these hemp cloths, I am thrilled to have unearthed The Milkweed Mercantile. This company's philosophy is like no other I have seen when it comes to being green. They have a no more "business as usual" approach. Check out the six ecological principles they adhere to:
  • Renewable energy – All power used is from renewable and/or sustainable sources
  • No personal ownership of cars – 36 adults share a Jetta, a Ford truck and a tractor in vehicle co-op
  • No petroleum – We run the vehicles on biodiesel, and have done so since 1999, long before it was trendy
  • All building materials are renewable and/or sustainable
  • All gardening and agriculture is organic
  • Composting – Waste disposal systems reclaim organic and recyclable materials
Further, the very building in which they work is powered by wind and solar energy. They also boast a delightful sounding Eco Inn, a sustainable alternative to the typical B&B, and seminars and retreats, such as creating an organic garden and transforming your home with renewable energy. Their cafe serves local, organic, Fair Trade foods.

I mean seriously, this place sounds like eco heaven on earth!

I am a huge fan of The Milkweed Mercantile, located in Rutledge, Missouri. If it were up to me, they would have locations everywhere... but then again, their individuality makes them so incredibly spectacular.

Visit their online store here.

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