Ditching the Disposables: The Jimmy Towel Review and Giveaway!

I was thrilled when Alec Ramsey contacted me with a request to try out his invention, The Jimmy Towel!  He sent me my choice of a Sporty Jimmy to review and tell you about.  He also generously offered to give away a Sporty Towel to the Green Idea Review community.  You can read my review of the Jimmy Towel below and find details for entering the Jimmy Towel Giveaway at the end of the post. 


The Jimmy Pocket Towel is a a reusable, quick-drying hand towel that zips into a stylish, pocket-sized case for use whenever you’re not at home.  The towel has a special microfiber design that wicks moisture away form your hands and dries quickly when left exposed to the air.  The towel easily removes from the case (when you want it to) and can be tossed in the wash with your every day laundry.

The Good

  • Better for the Earth – Using the Jimmy Towel instead of paper towels when you are out and about decreases the amount of waste headed for the landfills
  • Saves Energy – Using the Jimmy Towel instead of an electric hand dryer saves electricity
  • Saves Trees – fewer paper towels used means fewer trees cut down
  • Folds easily into it’s case for reuse
  • Super absorbent, so you can continue to use it throughout the day

The Bad

  • It can be hard to remember to use it
  • It may be a little small for big hands
  • Not for germophobes who like to use paper towels to pull open the public restroom door

My Experience

I was so pleased to try out the Jimmy Towel.  I work full time at an office all day, which means I’m using (and tossing) paper towels multiple times a day.  I knew the reusable Jimmy Towel would be a great tool in my quest to Ditch the Disposables.

When folded the Jimmy Towel is very compact and could fit in any bag, clutch or back pocket – perfect for having with you wherever you go!

The Jimmy Towel Review and Giveaway

The Jimmy Towel is small enough to fit in your back pocket or hang from your key chain.

I made sure I took the Jimmy Towel to the restroom with each use.  I found it was the perfect size for my hands, and did a really impressive job of drying off all of the water.  I could use it multiple times before I felt like it was losing its absorbency.  When it did, I just left it out, unfolded, on the corner of my desk to dry out a little.

On the weekends, I tossed it into the diaper bag when I was out and about with the kids.  It was perfect to use in the restroom with my 2 1/2 year old.  She was just learning to use the potty and was terrified of the loud electric hand dryers in public restrooms.  Having the Jimmy Towel with us allowed us to still wash hands without the drama of the big bad scary hand dryer!  (Anyone with a freshly potty trained toddler will understand the value of this!)

The hardest part about using the Jimmy Towel was actually remembering to use the Jimmy Towel!  The instructions for use tell you to pull it from your pocket and unzip it before you wash you hands.  This is very wise, because it keeps it in front of your face so you can remember to use it.  Reaching for a paper towel after washing your hands is so automatic, it takes deliberate though to do otherwise.

The Jimmy Towel Review and Giveaway

Tight Velcro Holds the Jimmy Towel in place so it only comes out when you want it to!

Overall, I recommend the Jimmy Towel!  It is compact, easy to carry and use, and does a great job of drying your hands.  It can be reused several times in a row, and can be washed with your normal laundry.  Did I mention it also comes in some super cute colors and patters, with fun environmentally friendly art on the towels?  Check out the Jimmy Towel store to shop for yourself or a friend.  These would make a great gift (or stocking stuffer – the Holidays will be here before you know it!)


One lucky reader will get their very own Sporty Jimmy so they can start ditching disposable towels as well!  Surf around on the Jimmy Towel site, and register for the raffle below!  The giveaway is open now through Sunday, August 18th at 11:59 PM, EST.


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22 Responses to Ditching the Disposables: The Jimmy Towel Review and Giveaway!

  1. Lydia says:

    What a great idea! When we go to the Farmer’s Market, my toddler always has to use the bathroom and they always seem to be out of paper towels at the sink. I’m sure we would use it many places when we are out, but this was the first one that came to mind. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  2. E. Isaacs says:

    I use cloth towels at home for hand drying and wiping countertops, but it *never* occurred to me to bring a towel with me to a public restroom. Great idea!

  3. Wow these look amazing! I so need one of these. I’ve never even thought of this wow what a great idea! Mx

  4. Katherine says:

    How interesting. It seems like the material on the Jimmy towel wouldn’t be absorbent enough. Have you heard of the PopleTowel it sounds like the Jimmy company is trying to do a similar thing. I like that the PeopleTowels have fun messages on them. I’m hosting an unpaper swap on my blog this month and have been finding and sharing all sorts of ideas. A fiber artist was just emailing me about an idea she had to make a small fashionable bag to hold her PeopleTowel. I told her I’d never heard of anything like that before, now after reading about the Jimmy towel I have.

  5. Katie says:

    Great idea for traveling! Sometimes interstate restrooms can be pretty sketchy!

  6. Monica says:

    I might not use it instead of paper towels or in public restrooms. Instead I would keep it in my jeep and use it for when we are out in the wild and I need a paper towel. It would be perfect for my day pack!

  7. Meagan says:

    I would definitely use it the way you did – in place of paper towels in public restrooms.

  8. Shelby says:

    I am also looking for ways to reduce the need to use disposable stuff in my life. I recently started using Skol towels for use around the house, but they wouldn’t be too convenient to take out with me. Thanks for the review, I’ll keep these in mind.

  9. DEA says:

    What a great idea! I am a bit sad about the cost though…after all, I am trying to stop using disposables ( money) in my life.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I would love to have one or two of these in my purse for my children in public restrooms.

  11. Kimberley O. says:

    Awesome for public restrooms!

  12. Christie says:

    Be great for the diaper bag to use when there are no towels–can’t get my daughter to use a dryer.

  13. Trini says:

    I would use it when I go to town with my twins.

  14. kortney says:

    I would use it for my newborn!

  15. Laila Moire-Selvage says:

    Love this! I am one of those germaphobes that uses my towel that I dried off with to open the door but I feel like I’d still sue this at work and home! Very cool 🙂 Save the planet one tree at time!

  16. Clarissa Walters says:

    I would use it to replace paper towels in restrooms, obviously, but I would also use it to avoid using the electricity that is used by the hot air dryers, and to avoid the unpredictably gross and dangerous germs that lurk on the long cloth towels on rolls…who knows who used them before you did!

  17. I’d use it for my many restroom breaks.

  18. I like the idea of using re-washable towels. The only thing I use paper towels for is draining bacon!

  19. Christine says:

    I spend most of my waking hours Monday – Friday at the office, so the first place I think I’d use this is the office restroom.

  20. Congratulations to Christie! I love ditching disposables wherever possible! Thank you for linking at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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