What do you use after washing your hands in restrooms? Yes, Paper towels, which are made from wood. I am writing this to America to emphasize how much paper we use and throw away, which is threating not only America but also our whole planet.
Since you declared independence from England in 1776, you have made great progress, such as innovations in technology and infrastructure. You have anything we want and make our lives better more comfortable. However, though you provide us with anything we want and large amounts of materials, this progress is also leading in a bad direction, too. More specifically, paper is one of the most used materials in our life, in products such as writing paper, paper towel, and tissues. Do you know how much wood is destroyed to make paper for those kinds of products? And do you know what is going around the world because of destroying forests? This affects not only human beings but also animals. Due to the decrease of forests, habitants of animals have been also diminishing. Moreover, some people say that deforestation is one of the major causes of global warming.
Did you think it could happen in the early era? Well, deforestation is one of the effects of progressing technology. Why did deforestation come about? The deforestation might be the fault of a mass production and consumption society. You produce and consume a large amount of materials and after using them up, you put them in landfills or burn them all. Don’t you think it is a waste of materials and money to keep your land clean? Owing to the society, people often do not realize how products and food are made and how precious they are. Taking stock of the society, you would agree that we have excess of materials around you and realize how much impact it brings.
Above all, Paper towels are a symbol of the mass consumption society. In restrooms, paper towels are available, and people use them to wipe off water after washing their hands. Then, those are thrown away as trash and the trash box is piled with tons of paper. Moreover, people use more than they need, so the amount of waste becomes more and more, which means that much wood is destroyed to make them every day.
The history of paper towels started in 1907, when Scott Paper Company started to sell paper towels as a disposable option for hotels and public facilities to get rid of germs from hands. Since then, paper towels have come to be used in many ways, such as kitchen paper, and we see them everywhere these days. (Paper Towel History)
These days, you use much more paper towels than in the past. I am writing this to open your eyes on the fact that this is happening, and to make you realize what we have to do from now on. I chose this image to show the excess paper towels, but also I want you to realize that our society is a mass production and consumption society. My solution to stop production and use of paper towels is to introduce hand dryers instead of paper towels because there is proof that hand dryers are more efficient than paper towels. Moreover, paper towels have double the impact on global warming that hand dryers do.(the study carried out by Environment Resource Management). As you can see, introducing hand dryers is one of the ways to stop deforestation.
Moreover, the other solution is stop using too much. Only use paper that you need. Do not use more than needed. My dear America, I hope you understand what I am trying to say to you, and also that you could improve the situation.
From: a person who likes you so much