Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Unpaper Towel

In my effort to "Go Green" as much as I can, I stumbled across the idea of reusable paper towels (It also didn't help that a recent trip to a big-box-wholesaler-who-shall-remain-nameless resulted in spending $19 on paper towels. $19 I will never see again. $19 that will ultimately end up in the landfill somewhere, sure it will break down after a while I guess, but not for a while, anyway...) After using cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and cloth napkins, reusable paper towels seemed only logical! It was through researching that I found my next homemade goodie The Unpaper Towel

There are tons of options when deciding to use reusable paper towels, but none as pretty and effective as these little gems! Bevin, the genius behind these towels, generously provided me with a roll of towels of my choice for the purpose of this review. I picked a fantastic green, brown, and while floral print that matched my kitchen perfectly! Let's start with first impressions, when this box arrived, this is what I opened:

 
You could just feel the love and pride that went into not only making this product, but the packaging as well! When I opened the box, Polish Prince was just as excited as I was, maybe even more! His exact phrase was "Whoa! These are so cool! They may be our next "thing"!" Whatever that means... :) You know you've got a great idea when the hubby gets excited for reasons other than saving money! In addition to her business card, Bevin included some details about the "unpaper" towels. I couldn't get a good picture, so here's what it says:

These towels come with a cardboard tube that may or may not fit your paper towel holder. Feel free to replace this tube with one of your old paper towel tubes. The elastic bands are there to help keep the towels in place. Be sure to rotate your towels out so they are used equally! Happy unpaper toweling!

The cardboard tube that was provided was so sturdy, I was a little bummed when it didn't fit my paper towel holder. I do have an odd shaped towel holder, if I had a standard one with just a bar I'm sure it would work fine! Mine just happens to be kind of sqaure-shaped. So I did what Bevin suggested and placed the elastic loops over the old paper towel tube and it fits and works perfectly! 
 



Each set contains 12 reusbale paper towels. They are made of either cotton terry cloth with a cotton print or an organic/hemp terry blend with an organic cotton print. There are tons of colors and options to choose from. My favorite part is the fact that the towels all snap together! I've seen "unpaper" towels before that are meant to just sit in a drawer or on the counter, these babies are meant to shine! They all snap together, then snap to the tube so they become just as convenient as your throw-away paper towels! Bevin also takes great care in making sure the snaps she chooses for the towels match the cotton print pattern. The snaps are also plastic so there's no worry about scratching counter tops or little one's face when wiping after a meal!

I put these towels to the test the first day I had them. Since the towels are pre-washed I decided to jump right in. We were having spinach and turkey lasagna for dinner, so I figured the red sauce would make a great test for the towels! Polish Prince was a little reluctant to wipe his mouth or hands on the towels because they were so pretty. I have to admit, I was a little nervous too! I didn't want to make them dirty! But, alas, I had to break down and dirty those puppies up! We got marinara sauce on both sides of the towels. After dinner, I wet one down and used it to wipe B's hands and face. I wish I would have somehow marked the towels so I could have taken a picture when they were out of the wash. But I forgot, and when they came out of the wash, there were no stains! I'm pretty confident, that had they stained, I could have used the old cloth diaper trick of sunning them to get the stains out, but I didn't have the chance! Great work on choosing quality materials Bevin!  

As much as I hate to say this, I may have to say Polish Prince was right. These may be our new "thing". I would love to get a few more sets to be able to rotate between them. Perhaps a roll for cleaning, a couple rolls for the counter, maybe a roll or two for the holidays? These easily double as cloth napkins and are way more absorbent! Plus, the fun prints make it easy to jazz up a table for a dinner/holiday party without having to run out and get colorful paper napkins. 

Ok, now that you've heard all the fantastic details of this amazing product, who wants some!? You can order you own set here AND Bevin is providing one lucky winner with a roll of Unpaper Towels of their choosing!! Simply enter via the Rafflecopter form below and cross your fingers and toes!  


a Rafflecopter giveaway

95 comments:

  1. I think I would have to go with the 12 different towel prints. I couldn't make up my mind and then saw that option on the last page!

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  2. Thanks so much for the awesome review! I love how much you love your towels! Yay!

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  3. I'd pick the Black and White Quilt. :)

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  4. I love the swirls! This is great! Ive been wanting to try them!!

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  5. I would pick the black and white quilt style :)

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  6. I like the muted flowers design

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  7. I don't care what they look like- they're way cooler than plain old white! I've never heard of these before; they are so neat!!

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  8. Love the print!

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  9. Melissa StefanekJuly 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    What a wonderful idea...I've never even heard of reuseable paper towels!

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  10. I would also go with the 12 different colors. That seems like a fun idea.

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  11. I'm not sure if my comment went through but I would choose the yellow flowers!

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  12. I'd probably choose the pack of 12 different towels just for fun!

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  13. I have to say I like the pack of 12 different towels as well.

    If not that one I'd probably go with Vines and Flowers.

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  14. The Black & White Swirls! They would look fabulous in my kitchen!

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  15. blue brown yellow & white flowers

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  16. I like the organic cotton and hemp terry (the green one)

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  17. I would pick the blue, brown, yellow and white flowers.

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  18. Wow! I never thought of using unpaper towels, but since I'm using cloth diapers and cloth wipes for my little one... why wouldn't I?? I think I'm going to go buy some now!!!

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  19. Oh, I would go with the Black and White to match my kitchen!

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  20. The red paisley on the front page is adorable! But I think we would also choose the 12 random :)

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  21. I would choose the deep colored stripes!

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  22. Oh!!! I have been thinking about this for so long!! I'd definitely need at least 4-5 sets!! One would oh so be for cleaning and grease stuff. I would pick random colors and prints just for fun =)

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    1. I agree with all of this, even just for our studio, and the randomn ones totally look fun!

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  23. I would love the Deep Colored Stripes!

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  24. these have been on my wish list for a while now, such a great idea. I would pick the random colors one - love surprises!

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  25. I love the print with no name, it's a light green background with small flowers in black, white and shades of blue.

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  26. I'd like 12 different towels. Variety is the spice of life.

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  27. I think I'd most enjoy the yellow flowers. they seem very cheerful and would be cute against my blue plates :)

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  28. Ooooooo, I want these!! I was literally just thinking yesterday I need to look into cloth napkins/paper towels and a wet bag for my kitchen to be more green. It's such a great thing for the planet! I would loooove the organic cotton plaid green in my kitchen! My email is --kortneinichols(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I love the black and white quilt style print!

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  30. Does this just make the most sense ever? Love these.

    Thanks a billion bunches for linking up today at localsugarhawaii.com. I love spending this quiet day with sweet friends-- thanks for being one of them.

    xo,
    Nicole

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  31. black and white quilt is the one i would choose. thanks

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  32. Love the organic cotton plaid green.
    These look wonderful.

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  33. Black and white quilt or the 12 different colors. They are all great though!

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  34. I would choose either the deep colored stripes or the stripes a plenty

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  35. black and white geometric shapes

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  36. The black and white quilt style is the one I would pick

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  37. I would choose the black & white swirls!

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  38. May I suggest some solid colors? If one has a patterned kitchen then all your products clash. Thanks!

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  39. I would choose the Sunshine Flowers print.

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  40. Thanks for the suggestion Kate! I keep meaning to offer some solid colors and I keep getting distracted by all the fun patterns out there! I will get some solid colors on the website soon!

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  41. I like the Brown Flowers on Green. loriagalbraith

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  43. I really like the package with 12 different prints, you can change it up that way.

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  44. I would like to the 12 different roll print.

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  45. Black & white quilt :)
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

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  46. I think all the prints are so cute, but I wouldn't mind just getting the 12 different roll prints!
    vetsmom_rgv at yahoo dot com

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  47. They are all so nice, but I would choose the black and white.

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  48. i love the black and white .. ahh they are all so nice

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  49. I like the Black and White Geometric Shapes. They would look fabulous in my kitchen!

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  50. The B&W geometric print
    Chelsea O

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  51. I like the "brown flowers on green" print!

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  52. Love the black & white quilt style towels!

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  53. I like the flower garden print and the one that you have!

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  54. Love the mutted flowers print! I love unpaper towels!

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  55. I would choose the 12 different towels. Then I wouldn't have to choose : )

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  56. I love the organic cotton plaid green!
    sabrina radke

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  57. I've been wanting to make some of these!

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  58. I would choose the organic cotton yellow blue and green set, so pretty!

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  59. so many good ones so I would choose the variety pack :)

    courtney happyheaths at gmail on rafflecopter

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  60. I'd probably choose the blue brown yellow and white flower print.
    mummytocharis{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  61. "Stripes A Plenty" if they were in stock, but my second choice is "Flower Garden." Both are fun and festive!

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  62. I'd pick black and white geometric shapes. Clean and modern.

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  63. The organic cotton green plaid.

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  64. I like the green organic cotton and organic hemp terry.

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  65. Terri rainbowstar28421@yahoo.com

    I like the organic coton plaid

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  66. I really like the organic cotton yellow blue and green!

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  67. Brown flowers on green would go great in my kitchen!

    MasonsMilkandMommysCookies@gmail.com

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  68. I like the Flowers on green/brown!

    -Jessica Abney
    jessiejane007@aol.com

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  69. Nancy FitzpatrickJuly 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I love these! I would want the variety pack.

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  70. I like the set of 12 different prints.

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  71. I would pick the black & white swirls
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

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  72. i would choose the green orange& blue stripes!

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  73. I'd choose the 12 Different Towels :)

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  74. I like the organic cotton and organic and hemp terry

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  75. I like them all so much I would have to choose the variety group :D

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  76. I would love the twelve differant towels :) Veery awesome idea Bevin!!!

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  77. I like the flower garden print
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

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  78. I like the mudded orange greens and blues on brown

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  79. I would pick the Vines and Flowers print

    lpninpain1@gmail.com

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  80. I love the colors in the "Stripes."

    thegreenhouseboutique@gmail.com

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  81. These are awesome!!! I love the flower garden. I love what a great gift these reusable paper towels are!

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  82. These are so cool. I always wondered how they kept these things together. I have wanted to make my own but wasn't sure on how they would stay together. I live thus idea as I HATE spending money inpaper towels and wasting them . But somethings you need that sanitary measure. Thanks for the reveuw

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    1. That's what's so great about these Heidi, is that they just get thrown in the wash with the other towels so they're nice and clean! I plan on snapping a couple pictures for facebook as an update to how they're holding up **SPOILER ALERT** They look as good as new still! :)

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