You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
(Filmed at TEDxConcordiaUPortland.)
Joe Smith - Lawyer Joe Smith is an active figure in the Oregon community and a powerful advocate for proper paper towel use. Full bio
Five hundred seventy-one million
two hundred thirty thousand pounds of paper towels
are used by Americans
If we could -- correction, wrong figure --
13 billion used every year.
If we could reduce the usage of paper towels,
one paper towel per person per day,
571,230,000 pounds of paper not used.
We can do that.
Now there are all kinds of paper towel dispensers.
There's the tri-fold. People typically take two or three.
There's the one that cuts it, that you have to tear off.
People go one, two, three, four, tear.
This much, right?
There's the one that cuts itself.
People go, one, two, three, four.
Or there's the same thing, but recycled paper,
you have to get five of those because they're not as absorbant, of course.
Joe Smith - Lawyer Joe Smith is an active figure in the Oregon community and a powerful advocate for proper paper towel use.
Why you should listen
R.P. Joe Smith served as District Attorney for Umatilla County and is the former chair of the Oregon Democratic Party. He was the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives and held a short interim position in the Oregon House of Representatives. An active lawyer in a private practice, he once famously ran for the position of Oregon Attorney General without soliciting a single contribution over $99.99.