My friend, Landis, has accomplished the ginormous task of living this past year entirely without paper towels. She used a variety of dish towels to wipe up her small messes; this and this were her favorite and most effective towels. Check out her great tips on how she made it work.
I, on the other hand, while not completely banishing Bounty from my life, have made an effort to cut back on the paper products. I don't have a washer/dryer in my small, pre-war apartment so keeping up with the wash is a little difficult. Instead, I limit my paper towel use to cleaning dirt or sticky messes and use the washable towels for spills that can easily be wiped up.
I'm not sure I could quit 'cold turkey' for a whole year but I'll admit- no more paper towels would, in turn, eliminate some paper waste. And I'm all about cutting down on waste.
Tell me, Appleshiners, could you make it a whole year without paper towels?