Renewable Cleanup: EcoTowl Bamboo Kitchen Towels

Renewable Cleanup: EcoTowl Bamboo Kitchen Towels

Gregory Han
Jan 13, 2009

Trader Joe's Super Amazing Kitchen Cloths have been doing a superb job of cleanup duty around our apartment, but after months of use one of them is looking (and smelling) a bit funky, so we're going to retire it and replace it with these EcoTowl Bamboo kitchen towels made of 82% bamboo fiber and 18% corn, both sustainable crops...

Admittedly, the EcoTowl Bamboo towels feel a little less soft than the Trader Joe's kitchen towels, but not by much, with absorbency about one notch below TJ's towel also. Rewashable and supposedly takes advantage of bamboo's natural antibacterial properties. One glaring complaint is that one side of the towel comes printed with an attractive, but unnecessary bamboo graphic which stiffens the overall feel of the cloth; it might also crack and later scratch delicate surfaces when wiping across.

We found these while picking up some tissue paper at our nearby Von's supermarket and they were priced nice enough to give a try ($4.99 for two 20"x12" towels), but noticed they're more expensive online directly from the distributor. Hopefully they have the months long lifespan as their predecessor.

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