Last night I was watching television and I saw a commercial that made me downright angry. It was for the Reynolds wrap non-stick pan lining paper, which is right up there with disposable hand towels for your home bathroom on the scale of horrifyingly wasteful products.
If you stepped into my kitchen right now you’d find some tinfoil that I’ve kept to reuse, and perhaps a paper towel that I’m keeping to get one more use out of. I use these things sparingly — and in the case of tinfoil, I try to recycle it. I once had to lecture a roommate about the different uses for paper towels and regular towels. Paper towels are for cleaning up messes, I told him, and regular towels are for drying your hands and dishes. He honestly seemed as if this had never occurred to him before.
Don’t even get me started on paper plates.
Not only do I despise the complete laziness that leads to this kind of wastefulness (honestly, you can cook a whole dish but can’t be bothered to clean up after yourself?) but the germaphobia inherent in the Kleenex towels is ridiculous. If you can’t even share a hand towel with the members of your family you may need to consult a doctor about your OCD.
But what does it say about these American companies that they only new products they can come up with are these hideously wasteful products. They’re like the Oreo Cakesters or Hummer of the paper product world…completely unnecessary and disgusting. It also says something sad about our culture that we buy these things. Are we at a point where we want to expend absolutely no effort on anything? Do dishwashers not make life easy enough?
I’d boycott these products, but you can’t stop buying something you never bought in the first place.