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Results: How much do you spend on kitchen roll?

Under 20 per year - I don't buy kitchen roll

64.71% • 22 votes

21-50 per year - I use a mixture of the two

14.71% • 5 votes

51-70 per year - I use mainly kitchen roll

17.65% • 6 votes

71-100 per year - I only use kitchen roll

2.94% • 1 votes

101 and above! - I use stacks of kitchen roll!

0% • 0 votes

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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 12th Jun 15, 11:47 AM
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    How much do you spend on kitchen roll?
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    • 12th Jun 15, 11:47 AM
    How much do you spend on kitchen roll? 12th Jun 15 at 11:47 AM
    Update September 2017

    We started this poll a couple of years ago but the topic's always relevant. Love that over half the people who voted so far don't use kitchen roll at all! Great saving!

    If you're interested in more ways to save money with re-usable products read our Recycle Week Hub.

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    7-13 September is #ZeroWasteWeek. We're working with several organisations to highlight how much you could save by re-using and recycling. See the full Zero Waste Week info.

    We'd love to know how much you spend on household items and whether you'd save by using re-usable versions and we're starting off with kitchen roll.

    What to do:

    Step 1: Use our Demotivator to work out how much you spend on kitchen roll PER YEAR!
    Step 2: Vote in the poll to tell us how much you spend on it.
    Step 3: Work out how much you'd save by using washable kitchen cloths instead (roughly 50p-1 each plus washing costs based on your own personal usage/washing)
    Step 4: Post in the forum thread below to tell us how much you think you'd save per year by switching to cloths!
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    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 12th Jun 15, 12:59 PM
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    • 12th Jun 15, 12:59 PM
    My answer isn't in the poll - less than 20 - I rarely use kitchen roll. I do buy it, as there are times when I would rather use something I can bin straight away than use a cloth which I will then need to bin, but I just bought a pack of 2 kitchen rolls which is the first time I've bought any this year, my spend on kitchen roll is probably less than 5 per year!
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 12th Jun 15, 1:37 PM
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    That's fabulous TBagpuss!

    Do you use washable cloths at all?
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    • jrfarrim
    • By jrfarrim 12th Jun 15, 3:31 PM
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    • 12th Jun 15, 3:31 PM
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    • 12th Jun 15, 3:31 PM
    I use stacks of the stuff but buy from a Cash & Carry in bulk so annual cost comes in the 20-50 category.
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    • By zeupater 12th Jun 15, 5:28 PM
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    • 12th Jun 15, 5:28 PM
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    • 12th Jun 15, 5:28 PM
    22 to 28 June is #Recycleweek. We're working with several organisations to highlight how much you could save by re-using and recycling. See the full Recycle Week info.

    We'd love to know how much you spend on household items and whether you'd save by using re-usable versions and we're starting off with kitchen roll .....
    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Oh dear, starting the Poll at 20 ... exactly how much of this stuff do you use yourself ? ....

    We buy kitchen roll as it comes in handy for multiple applications all around the house as well as the kitchen, but if we buy a couple of packs in a year that's about it ... so what's that ... 3(ish) ....

    ... yes, we recycle, and no, we don't have much of that or general waste either. Recycle bin would probably take at least 4-6 months to fill and general waste is normally 2 or 3 supermarket carrier bags full per fortnight .... newspaper & cardboard are put aside & used to light the log-burner in the winter ...

    Not much waste here then ... 20 ?, really ??

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    • Sterlingtimes
    • By Sterlingtimes 12th Jun 15, 6:40 PM
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    Re-usable cloths are really better not used for cleaning up where there is a severe risk of infection, e.g. chicken blood. Similar, oily spills are better wiped with paper roll. We use a mixture really. I'm not sure that it is a good idea to reduce paper cleaning to a minimum. Paper is much better than wipes which do not degrade.
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    • By Ectophile 12th Jun 15, 10:49 PM
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    None of the above.

    I do use kitchen roll, but 20 a year buys an awful lot of the stuff if you buy own-brand or special offers.
    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 13th Jun 15, 6:27 PM
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    • 13th Jun 15, 6:27 PM
    I've never actually bought kitchen paper. I just use newspaper. It's fine for draining fried food, scooping up spilled stuff, or lining the fridge drawers.
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 15th Jun 15, 9:23 AM
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    • 15th Jun 15, 9:23 AM
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    • 15th Jun 15, 9:23 AM
    Great replies everyone!

    Everyone's answers would be different so we've put plenty of options but I totally get what you mean, perhaps we could have put a 10 per year and under option in.

    We put the higher options in for eg large families with young kids.

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    • HappyMJ
    • By HappyMJ 15th Jun 15, 9:41 AM
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    At 1 penny per sheet for the slightly better than supermarket value kitchen roll it takes quite a long time to go through 20 worth. I mainly use kitchen roll but certainly not 51-70 per year. I might use a sheet or two each day...maybe 7 a year. As has been said I also use newspaper for draining the chips and any other fried foods.

    My OH prefers to use those blue all-purpose cloths at 3.6 penny each when cleaning and bin it once done. I would use at least 4 paper towels for 1 use of the blue cloth so the cost is exactly the same. There's no savings either way so I'm not bothered.

    We do have a 50p cloth and that is exclusively used for washing dishes soaked in a very dilute solution (just a capful) of super cheap thin bleach 29p for 2 litres and left for the next day. The cloth lasts about a month before becoming unusable.

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    • michaels
    • By michaels 15th Jun 15, 4:40 PM
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    We occasionally use kitchen roll - say 4 rolls a year but genreally use a 'j-cloth' style blue cloth which lasts about a week obivously rinsed out between each use (from a packet of 50) and also the cheapest economy tissues at 45p/box, each box probably lasts 3 weeks so I guess that costs us about 10 pa.

    Then again we don't eat fried food so no need to drain anything....
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 27th Jun 15, 8:29 AM
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    If I need to wipe out the grill pan I use a bit of loo roll,but I guess if I bought one pack a year I would be about right.Then only if they are reduced or on special offer.
    I recycled an old fitted sheet by cutting the frill up into squares and hemming by hand the edges. I have about twenty/thirty reusuable lavender checked squares that I use for wiping/cleaning etc and when the bag I keep them in is running low I bung the whole lot in with a boil wash and they come up clean again I have been using these for around 18 months now and saved a fortune on 'chuck-away ' paper stuff.The middle bit that I could use of the sheet that wasn't too thin I used to line my big wooden wool box that I keep my stash of wool in.This fitted sheet cost me about 4.00 in a charity shop about 8 years ago so I'd had my wear out of it, and now its got a new lease of life as cleaning cloths.

    I hate waste of any sort having been brought up with rationing and 1940s/50s austerity. Nothing like the 'austerity ' of today. By todays standards I would consider most people today have more than enough.In the days of rationing even if you had the money there were few goods available to buy anyway.
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    • marcosdjcm
    • By marcosdjcm 8th Dec 15, 12:14 AM
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    I switched to the strange cone shaped ones at Tesco, Ora, completely recyclable packaging, really strong and only one sheet comes off at a time and you can pull it off with one hand. Very good.

    Strange looking, but great product.

    http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=276287974

    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 19th Sep 17, 11:17 AM
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    Bumping this up for 2017 #recycleweek which starts Monday 25 September.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 19th Sep 17, 11:26 AM
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    I've not seen anyone mention microfibre reusable cloths - they are not only better than paper towels, but also can often clear mess with just water (obviously not potentially harmful messes, which need disinfecting). So they help reduce the use of kitchen cleaning products.

    They seem to come and go from Poundshops, but packs of three cheap microfibre cloths should be 1-2, and last for years. You put them in the washing machine when they start looking dirty.
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    • Exiled Tyke
    • By Exiled Tyke 27th Sep 17, 1:26 PM
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    Why is there an assumption that using kitchen roll is a bad thing? I can't say I'm an expert on the environmental affects of the stuff but surely a product which ultimately comes from wood pulp and is biodegradable is one of our lesser worries?

    I use lots of the stuff for two reasons:

    1. Spending time in the catering industry taught me how unhygienic cloths are. I'm still shocked by the smelly and revolting cloths are find in people's kitchens. I always use paper to wipe down and mop up.

    2. Paper towel is a great way of mopping up grease. Whenever I fry I clean the pan up with paper before washing up. That way I reduce the amount of fat going into the sewage system (currently a massive problem). Also I find that these fatty towels compost nicely and seem to enrich my compost. I reckon if everyone was encouraged to use paper towel in this way it would massively benefit the environment and save costs in the water treatment industry.
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    • By Cornucopia 27th Sep 17, 4:41 PM
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    Why is there an assumption that using kitchen roll is a bad thing?
    Originally posted by Exiled Tyke
    That's a good question. I think that (a) we are not just talking about environmental impact, but also the financial cost; and (b) even though paper towels are inherently sustainable and biodegradable, there is a still a large cost in energy to their production. It's a similar argument to that for disposable nappies vs. cloth nappies.

    Maybe there is a proper scientific paper somewhere that could give us an accurate analysis?
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 8th Mar 18, 11:21 PM
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    I buy kitchen roll at Christmas, as I do Christmas dinner for the family. Turkey fat makes a lot of itself, as a vegetarian I don't cook meat much, but kitchen roll is needed at Christmas!! Although a double pack will last 2 years ... as long as I can find where I have hidden gbd 2nd roll!!
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    • Anthorn
    • By Anthorn 10th Mar 18, 10:24 AM
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    Why is there an assumption that using kitchen roll is a bad thing?
    Originally posted by Exiled Tyke
    The assumption is that using paper kitchen roll means chopping down trees. Using recycled kitchen roll is an answer but doesn't fit in with the current eco philosophy to "not recycle - re-use".

    Microfibre cloths are a good idea. But my problem with them is that they will collect all manner of germs and viruses and need to be disinfected or bleached regularly. Microfibre cloths are also not biodegradable as far as I know.

    Personally I use Ecoegg Antibacterial Wood Fibre Cloths (4.99p for a pack of two from Natural Collection and Amazon) which are made from wood fibre (Viscose) derived from Bamboo and can be re-used and are biodegradable. I use them in conjunction with Method Ant-bac All Purpose (3.00p from Sainsburys and Natural Collection). I bought mine a year ago and they're still good.

    I also use recycled kitchen roll for quick mop-ups which is usually any old brand I come across while shopping.
    Last edited by Anthorn; 10-03-2018 at 10:46 AM. Reason: Edited material cloths are made from and added Amazon
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