If you'll allow me, I'd like to step away from food for a moment and tell you about a great eco-friendly household product that my Mother found this holiday season. The product is a line of bath towels known as Linden Street Quick Dri textured towels. They can be found at JC Penny.
These aren't your ordinary eco-friendly towels, made from bamboo, recycled fibers, or whatnot. They're plain old cotton towels that have been woven in such a way that they're much thinner than your typical luxury bath towel while still being just as soft and fluffy. The end-result is a towel that dries in 33% less time than your average plush towel (according to the manufacturer's claims).
All I can say is, "Wow!" Living in a condo, we have to use coin-op washers and it costs us an arm and a leg to dry our big fluffy bath towels. Plus, it's burning that much more fuel to dry them. Also, traditional luxury towels are much bigger and require more storage space than we have. We just picked-up two sets of the Quick Dri's to try out and they take-up half the physical space of the old ones. If they live-up to their name in the dryer, I'll be thrilled.
Another advantage of the quick-dry towels is that they dry faster between showers, allowing you to use your towel more times before grabbing a new one. If you've ever had a hot, humid bathroom in the middle of the summer where your towel literally doesn't dry between showers, you know what I mean.
We haven't had a chance to use these yet but my mother has and she loves them. I'll keep you posted as to how they work out for us.