Does anybody remember the animated Tootsie Pop commercial?  “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?”

Strangely, I thought about that commercial the other day while in a public restroom.  I know, how odd!

Anyway, what made me think about this was, “How many paper towels does it take to dry your hands after washing them?” One, or two, or even three?

As I try to use less and less in my daily life, I am watching other people.  They make me think, how can we do better by our environment?  I see people quickly grab two or three paper towels give a few swipes on their hands and throw the half dry paper towels in the trash and walk away.  Do they give a thought as to what went into making those paper towels?  The raw resources and manufacturing energy needed?  Then there is the resources and energy that goes into disposing of the now little used paper towel.

No, they don’t.  It is just something to use for their convenience.  It has always been there.  So why give it any thought?

Well my conservationist brain has thought about it.  Just like avoiding plastic water bottles, straws, and plastic bags, we should avoid unconscious use of more paper towels in public restrooms than we really need.  I can dry my hands in one paper towel.

Just in case any of you don’t remember or are too young to know how many licks it does take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, Mr. Owl stated three before he bit into it.

Leann lives and works in Frederick and is passionate about cleaning the earth and sustainable energy.