Don’t Throw In the Towel, Look for Eco-friendly Options for the Bathroom

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If the fact that conventionally-grown cotton uses massive amounts of pesticides and insecticides concerns you because of the detrimental effects on our air, soil, water, beneficial insects, and those who farm the land, then why not consider purchasing more sustainable products? The bathroom is a great place to start with several options for eco-friendly towels.

Organic cotton is a popular option and provides soft, fluffy bath towels in soothing natural colors or colored with low-impact dyes. While the highest quality is found with hand-loomed towels, many companies make machine-made towels that are wonderful too. Some manufacturers combine linen or bamboo with organic cotton for a luxurious feel.

Bamboo towels are also gaining in popularity which provide a highly absorbent, soft towel that is naturally anti-bacterial, biodegradable, and quick-drying. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that when cut down doesn’t need to be replanted as it just grows back! It also doesn’t require the use of pesticides or fertilizers. Again, it’s best to choose bath towels that are left with their inherently natural color or colored with low-impact dyes.

Hemp is also used to make elegant, durable, absorbent bath towels that will withstand more washings than cotton towels. Look for those that are organic, chemical-free, and sweatshop-free.

These sustainable options can be found online and at some retail stores. Many are priced competitively, while others of the best quality are a bit more expensive.

photo courtesy of Satara, Inc

Tag(s): Bed and Bath, Gift Ideas, Green Furnishings, Greening the Home, Money Saving


One Response to “Don’t Throw In the Towel, Look for Eco-friendly Options for the Bathroom”

  1. Craig on October 23rd, 2008 9:41 pm

    It’s so refreshing to see and read about all the great options we as consumers have when it comes to everyday, eco-friendly product choices. Buying items such as organic and sustainable fiber linens and bath towels very effectively and directly support reduced amounts of petro-chemicals released into the environment and just as importantly, reduce human exposure (your family, farmer and field worker) to the same.

    You might be surprised by the number of beautiful color options and luxurious fibers you have to choose from when going “green” with organics and sustainable fibers. But don’t take my word for it, you can look for yourself at and many other trustworthy organic outlets.


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