University of Victoria strives to reduce paper towel use


WATCH: Calvin To tells us about a new initiative at the University of Victoria that aims to reduce paper towel use.


For the next couple weeks, the staff at the University of Victoria will be collecting and weighing used paper towels on a daily basis in certain buildings.

The initiative aims to reduce paper towel use among staff.

According to Matthew Greeno, UVic’s sustainability coordinator, paper towels have been found to make up 14.5 per cent of all waste generated by the university — nearly 100 tonnes.

This latest campaign was inspired by a recent TEDx video that shows people how to dry their hands using less paper towel.

The technique involves flinging hands a dozen times, followed by folding a single piece of paper towel and using it to finish the process.

The university is aiming for a ten per cent reduction in paper towel use.

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