I wrote a paper in college about the mentality of marring something “new” rather than accepting something used as just as good; I think it applies to the throw away mentality where the theme is the same; people have been conditioned that having new things on which they can put their own scuffs and dings gives them power and that adulterates the use of the product in the first place. It no longer is a paper towel to be used to dry ones hands, but rather a paper towel that is to be used and then THAT PERSON chooses its fate and throws it away. Like a new shirt from a department store that ONE MAN has the opportunity to wear, soil, stain, wash, and toss out or donate, he has the power to take something clean and new and damage it. But it’s still a perfectly good shirt! So, again the theme switches from using a shirt for warmth and cover to using a shirt solely to wear it in from new to used and discard it. Unfortunately, this wasteful mentality is literally burying us alive in garbage. The Japanese culture tends to have more respect for things, people, nature, and scarcity than Americans have had, based on history, though there are exceptions. Their culture’s respect of humanity and lack of dominating power over others is reflected in their use of hand towels. To them, a towel is a towel, to be used and reused, simply, to dry ones hands.