Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Alternative to Paper Towels – SKOY Cloths

August 31st, 2009

SKOY-clothsPhoto by Susie Linquist

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about certain household items that are common purchases, but  are not needed and creates a lot of waste in the short or long-term.   One of these items I mentioned was paper towels.  They are generally used to wipe up household messes and spills and are chucked in the garbage without a second thought.  Though I have made an effort to buy paper towels that are made from recycled paper, these products are not recyclable once they are used.

I recently discovered an alternative to conventional paper towels: SKOY Cloths

The SKOY reusable cloths are made from renewable raw materials and are 100% biodegradable.

My take: Compared to conventional sponges, the SKOY cloths are much more absorbent.  When I use them to wipe up spills, it really gets the job done.  These cloths leaves very little to no streaks or residue behind.  On their website they state that you can wash them in the washer, dishwasher, and microwave (to kill the germs).  We don’t own a microwave and I usually forget to put them in our dishwasher, but I have used it in our washing machine with great success.  Though I rinse them out after each use, putting them in the washer gets them  much cleaner.  Since we line dry most of the time, I haven’t put them in the dryer yet, but you can dry them up to 90 degrees.

I have had my SKOY cloths for several months and they have stood the test of time and use.  They’ve lasted much longer than my conventional sponges which are not biodegradable.  I definitely give the SKOY Cloths a thumbs up.

And for the giveaway you’ve all been waiting for…

On September 15th, one lucky Green and Chic reader will receive two 4-packs of the SKOY Cloths.


Here’s how to enter:

Go to the SKOY Cloth website and tell me something you learned about the cloth, the company, how to use and take care of the cloth OR what you can and will use it for.   This is your first entry.

Optional: To earn more points, you can do each of the following (separate comment for each entry):

1. Blog about the giveaway and link back to this page on your blog. If you comment below with the link, you will get two extra points.

2. Sign up for my email updates or RSS feed. Leave a comment below telling me that you have signed up. You will also get an entry if you already subscribe — make sure to leave a comment.

3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. To make it easier, you can use the “retweet” button at the bottom  left hand side of this post. Leave a comment telling me that you followed & tweeted.

4. Email 5 friends about the giveaway. Leave a comment below telling me that you did.

You can do one or all of the above. The more you do, the better your chance of winning. The contest will end on Monday, September 15th. The winner will be selected via and will be notified via email and will also be announced in a future post.
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Contest is closed

45 Responses to “Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Alternative to Paper Towels – SKOY Cloths”

  1. Mary Preston says:

    SKOY will be brilliant for cleaning & mopping up the million spills that happen around this place. I love that they are long lasting & bio-degradable. Being able to wash in the machine & line dry is the sun is a big seller for me.

  2. Kim says:

    learned it was European made!

  3. Kim says:

    feed subscriber

  4. Katrina says:

    I would use this in the kitchen…it would be good for cleaning up all kinds of things

  5. Alisha says:

    it absorbs 15 times its weigh pretty impressive. I will use it everywhere I currently use paper towels, kitchen, bathroom, and everywhere

  6. Cassie M says:

    I will definetely be using this in the kitchen! Having a toddler, I frequently waste paper towels on all her spills! I’m glad I can help the environment by using something re-usable that WORKS!

  7. piper says:

    I would definitely get a lot of use for these in just general day to day wiping up of counters and spills in the kitchen while cooking

  8. Carolyn G says:

    You can use these and then pop them in the washer and use them again and again!
    .-= Carolyn G´s last blog ..Alight.Com Review and Giveaway =-.

  9. axel olsen says:

    sound like a good method to save money and trees

  10. Nancy says:

    SKOY Cloths are European-made and 100% biodegradable. I have some SKOY Cloths and love them!

  11. Nancy says:

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

  12. jgos says:

    I learned that Skoy Cloths are 100% biodegradable because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp, and in fact they break down completely in about 5 weeks.

  13. Laura D says:

    It is a European made product and 100% biodegradable because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp.

  14. emily says:

    such a cool poduct,and nice looking too! id love to win this and try it. i also like that the company is sahm owned and operated. very inspiring to me.
    .-= emily´s last blog ..The Real Food of Summer: veggies and butter! =-.

  15. Micki says:

    I learned that if you microwave SKOY cloths they will not smell! Sounds good to me! Thanks for the chance to win!
    .-= Micki´s last blog ..Tea for One =-.

  16. Sue says:

    You can microwave or put a skoy cloth in the dishwasher to sterilize it. It will wear out and can be downgraded for cleaning chores. You can compost it when you’re done using it.

  17. amanda says:

    I learned that this company was started after the owners were shocked to find out that 2.5 million tons of paper towels are used annually. Eek!
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  18. amanda says:

    email subscriber
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

  19. Sylvia says:

    I learned that using a SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels

  20. Wilson Pon says:

    Honestly, Carla. These SKOY paper towels would be the excellent choice, especially for the students to make some awesome paper crafts as well!

  21. sarah says:

    this will be perfect for using in my kitchen because i am ALWAYS wiping up spills!

  22. Condo Blues says:

    I learned that Skoj (pronounced Skoy) is a Swedish word that means: “just for fun”!
    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..Hip Green Deals =-.

  23. Condo Blues says:

    I’m following you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest

    .-= Condo Blues´s last blog ..Hip Green Deals =-.

  24. [...] Paper Towel Alternatives by Carla at Green and Chic: I love the concept and I’m so glad Carla posted about these great paper towel alternatives. Disposables aren’t necessary, and this is such a cool product. [...]

  25. Mari says:

    It is European Made and 100% biodegradable.

  26. ~M says:

    I learned that a single skoy cloth can replace up to 15 rolls of paper towels!

    michloves80s [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. ~M says:

    I signed up for your rss feed. Nice blog!

  28. Vicki Wurgler says:

    Skoj is a Swedish word that means: “just for fun”

  29. Andi says:

    My husband uses WAY too many paper towels. I would use these to reduce our waste in the kitchen and save a little money on paper products in the process!

  30. R Schulz says:

    European made

  31. R Schulz says:

    email subscriber

  32. teri says:

    I love that they can go in the dishwasher or washer and dryer.
    .-= teri´s last blog ..Remember =-.

  33. teri says:

    Follow you on twitter and tweeted about it. My id is @teriblogs
    .-= teri´s last blog ..Remember =-.

  34. Dan says:

    It is 100% biodegradable.
    .-= Dan´s last blog .."Not Without My Doctor" =-.

  35. Wehaf says:

    We’ll use these biodegradeable cloths for cleaning up kitchen spills.

  36. lace says:

    I learned that their philosophy is a skoj (pronounced skoy) which is a Swedish word that means: “just for fun”!

  37. Jo Ann Hrouda says:

    SKOY Cloths are European-made and 100% biodegradable. I have some SKOY Cloths and love them!

  38. Lily Kwan says:

    I learned that the company is located in Encinitas, California.

  39. Lily Kwan says:

    I signed up for your email updates.

  40. tina reynolds says:

    I would use it for kitchen clean up it can be washed and reused thanks for the chance to win. It is also european made.

  41. tina reynolds says:

    i subscribe to your feed thanks

  42. renee says:

    It dries quickly so it won’t be a breeding ground for bacteria like sponges are.

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