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Object of Desire: Eco-Conscious Kitchen Cloths from Japan

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Object of Desire: Eco-Conscious Kitchen Cloths from Japan

November 7, 2023

Spotted at Tortoise in LA, one of favorite housewares stores anywhere: Sasasa Sarashi kitchen cloths, an eco friendly alternative to paper towels. Winner of an international iF Design Award in 2022, Sasasa cloths are made using the Japanese wasarashi method of cotton processing, which takes four days and results in an exceptionally absorbent, strong, fast-drying gauze.

Choose from perforated and non-perforated versions, both of which can be cut to accommodate your needs; you can expect to get up to 30 uses per cloth.

Here’s a look:

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About: The Sasasa Sarashi Roll Stand in oak and bronze-plated stainless steel is $112 at Greener Grass Designs. The Sasasa Sarashi Unperforated Roll is $37; the Sasasa Sarashi Perforated Roll is $43, and a set of five Sasasa Sarashi Squares is $10; all from Greener Grass Designs.
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Above: The Sasasa Sarashi Roll Stand in use.
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Above: A detail shot of the roll stand.
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Above: Another option for towel dispensing, the bronze-plated stainless steel Sasasa Sarashi Roll Holder is $204 from Tortoise General Store.
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Above: The bronze-plated stainless steel Sasasa Sarashi Hanger is $27 from Tortoise General Store.
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Above: The bronze-plated stainless steel Sasasa Sarashi Metal Case is $96 from Tortoise General Store.
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Above: A detail of the Sasasa Sarashi Metal Case.

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Frequently asked questions

What are eco-conscious kitchen towels?

Eco-conscious kitchen towels refer to towels that are made using sustainable materials or production processes, aiming to reduce their environmental impact. These towels are often designed to be durable, reusable, and made from natural or organic materials.

Why are eco-conscious kitchen towels important?

Eco-conscious kitchen towels are important because they help reduce the use of disposable paper towels, which contribute to deforestation and waste. By using sustainable alternatives, we can minimize our ecological footprint and promote a greener lifestyle.

What makes Japanese eco-conscious kitchen towels special?

Japanese eco-conscious kitchen towels are known for their high quality and functionality. They are often made from organic or naturally derived materials such as cotton or linen. Japanese craftsmanship ensures their durability and absorbency, making them ideal for kitchen use.

Where can I buy eco-conscious kitchen towels from Japan?

You can buy eco-conscious kitchen towels from Japan on various online platforms and specialty stores that focus on sustainable products. The article on Remodelista provides links to specific towels mentioned, offering a convenient way to purchase them.

Are eco-conscious kitchen towels more expensive?

It depends on the brand and materials used. While some eco-conscious kitchen towels may be slightly more expensive upfront, they are designed to be durable and long-lasting. In the long run, they can save you money by replacing the need for disposable paper towels.

How do I care for eco-conscious kitchen towels?

Most eco-conscious kitchen towels can be machine washed with mild detergent. Always follow the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure longevity. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners, as they can diminish the towels' eco-friendly qualities.

Can I use eco-conscious kitchen towels for purposes other than in the kitchen?

Yes, eco-conscious kitchen towels can be versatile and used for various purposes. They can be used as hand towels, napkins, or cleaning cloths. Their absorbency and durability make them suitable for multiple uses around the house.

How do eco-conscious kitchen towels contribute to sustainability?

Eco-conscious kitchen towels contribute to sustainability by reducing waste and promoting a circular economy. By using towels made from sustainable materials, we reduce the demand for single-use paper towels, lessen deforestation, and minimize landfill waste.

Do eco-conscious kitchen towels have any specific certifications?

Some eco-conscious kitchen towels may have certifications such as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or Oeko-Tex Standard 100, indicating that they meet certain environmental and social criteria. It is recommended to check product descriptions or labels for certification information.

Can I compost eco-conscious kitchen towels?

Most eco-conscious kitchen towels made from natural fibers like cotton or linen are compostable. However, it's important to check the specific materials and composting guidelines provided by the manufacturer or consult local composting facilities for proper disposal.

Are there any color or design options available for eco-conscious kitchen towels?

Yes, eco-conscious kitchen towels often come in a variety of colors, patterns, or minimalist designs. While maintaining their eco-conscious features, these towels offer aesthetic options to suit different kitchen styles and personal preferences.

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Clothes Hangers & Closet

Sarashi Hanger

$27.00 USD from Tortoise General Store

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