According to this Tedx Talk, Joe Smith, says the solution comes down to two easy steps: shake and fold.
Demonstrating with a range of paper towels and a bowl of water, Joe proves how unnecessary grabbing four pieces of paper towel to dry your hands actually is.
Instead, take the extra time to shake your hands in the sink. Joe recommends 12 shakes. Next, grab one piece of paper towel and fold it in half before using it to dry your hands.
As Good Housekeeping explains: “By folding the piece of paper in half, you create space between two layers for "interstitial suspension" to occur — meaning, the droplets of moisture can cling to the towel as well as each other in-between the fold, basically increasing the amount the paper can actually hold.”
While Joe's tip might seem like a no-brainer, it's necessary with one report claiming Australians send 1.9 million tonnes of paper to landfill each year.