Hanging out at the pool in the summertime can mean a lot of dirty beach towels. And considering that Americans already do about 400 loads of laundry per year, the added bulk of oversized beach towels in the washer means more water down the drain.

Cut down on laundry loads by using Lightload Towels — super-absorbent, quick-drying towels that come in compact, easy-to-carry disks that weigh less than one ounce. Lightload beach towels are like regular beach towels, except they can fit in your pocket, making them ideal for camping, swimming, hiking, just about everything. Since Lightload towels are made from wood cellulose, a renewable resource that’s surprisingly soft, they are also biodegradable.

Story by Jessica A. Knoblauch. This article originally appeared in Plenty in August 2008. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2008