TED Talk of the Week: How to Use a Paper Towel

Shake! Fold!

Oct 13, 2015

Do you ever pause to consider exactly how many paper towels you tear, rip or grab as you dry your hands, wipe a countertop or clean a spill? Probably not - but that’s about to change.

In this TED Talk of the Week,  Joe Smith shows how a simple mundane task, such as drying your hands, can save 571,230,000 pounds of paper per year. An active leader in the Oregon community and a powerful advocate for proper paper towel use, Smith’s method for reducing paper towel use is simple. Super, super simple, in fact: shake your hands 12 times, fold the paper towel, and dry away!

In this four-minute clip, Smith introduces his innovative system, which will have you thinking twice at the paper towel dispenser.

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