Jimmy Pocket Towel Review & Giveaway

by Courtney on December 17, 2012 · 33 comments

This is easily my new favorite product and totally one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas. Jimmy Pocket Towel is a super-absorbent; quick drying microfiber cloth that folds up into a pocket sized water resistant zippered case. This stemmed from inventor Alec Ramsey when he heard that a friend hadn’t used a paper towel in over a year, opting to dry his hands on his pants instead. Inspiring the creation of Jimmy Pocket Towel to reduce their own personal paper towel consumption.

It is a great item for drying your hands and wiping up small spills or messes when not at home, with it’s removable, washable and reusable towel. No need to worry about having a damp towel to carry around with you the rest of the day, when folded in its case it is surrounded by a microfiber terry that helps to absorb moisture. Though you also have the option to allow it to be hung up to air dry. But you won’t have to worry about that for about 5-6 uses before it becomes too wet. Though when it is drying it does so very quickly, a great benefit for those on the go.

My experience with using Jimmy Pocket has been fantastic! I use it at work everyday and mostly every time I wash my hands, since remembering to bring it with me is a new habit to form. The real benefit is when using it while out in public and knowing you are saving the planet while the others in the bathroom are reaching for a paper towel and finding a place to toss it while you are walking out the door zipping your Jimmy Pocket Towel closed. I have a great peace of mind when a guest in a person’s home that instead of using a hand towel that might be used by others, I prefer to know that I’m the only one using my Jimmy Pocket Towel and will have it fresh and clean each week when washed.

I love the fantastic screen-printed design on the towel, which has a different eco-friendly reminder/drawing for each of the 6 color and 4 wool combinations it is offered in. Unlike other screen-printed designs I have yet to see that it has cracked or peeled, which is sometimes the issue when the fabric is not kept smooth. I was unsure if I would pay the estimated retail cost of the basic Jimmy Pocket Towel – starting at $24, though when I thought about it more, what you truly are paying for is to save the planet and help keep trees around for future generations to enjoy and that is something I would consider priceless.

My Jimmy Pocket Towel has held up great for several weeks of constant daily use, though I would be concerned about the constant zipping opening and closed may get off track. It has yet to happen, I would hope an item like this would have longevity to not be deterred by a flimsy zipper. The pull-tab of the zipper falls into the same category of being worried of premature breakage. On occasion I found that without having my towel stuck in the zipper, it was a bit difficult to close and required a little more force than I thought the small zipper pull could handle to close it. This occurrence did not happen every time but worry it could become a problem in the future. Perhaps a more durable zipper and zipper pull if possible could be added. But aside from that I love my Jimmy Pocket Towel just the way it is!

I am one of the very lucky ones to have been able to receive a Jimmy Pocket Towel before you can buy one. That is because they are currently looking to raise funding on Kickstarter.com. They are raising funds to place their first bulk fabric order and mass production run manufactured in the United States. As of this posting they currently have 9 days left on their Kickstarter funding (ending December 27th) to meet their goal of $15,000 to receive their funding and approximately only needing $1,400 more to get there. Surely when great ideas to help the environment are created we can help to bring them to life. If you like this product just as much as I do, head on over to their Kickstarter page and pledge what you can. Every little bit helps and get them close to their goal and paper towel-less world.

Now for the most fantastic part of this review; the giveaway! Alec Ramsey and the great folks behind Jimmy Pocket Towel have donated 3 pocket towels to give to our readers. Yes that’s right, you can have your own personal pocket towel before you can buy them (if you donate on Kickstarter and their funds are reached the estimated delivery is March 2013) so here’s your chance to grab one now. We are offering a gender neutral color-so you don’t have to worry about receiving a crazy color.

To enter to win, simply comment below and tell us why you would be excited to win your own Jimmy Pocket Towel. If you plan to re-gift it or send your towel to someone for the holidays, let us know whom you’d send it to and why.

For an extra entry, you can also tweet some variation of the following: “Hoping to win a @jimmytowel from @leafygreeninfo http://tinyurl.com/cbdn5jg”

If you tweet please leave us another comment letting us know you did so we can be sure to count your extra entry.

We will select a winner Friday evening, so enter all week long.

Edited 12/22/12: Thanks for entering! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrew Yaniuk December 17, 2012 at 10:18 am

Great review! I’m glad to see this company is providing an alternative to wasting endless amounts of paper at every restroom, or even at work! Any word on when the jimmy towel will be available to the public?


Daniel Fredriksen December 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

It’s always good to see bright ideas for the environment


Nini December 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

kids should all get one of these


Jimmy Towel December 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank you for all your support!

We are aiming to start taking orders on our website mid January but no need to wait, you can order one on Kickstarter now! Or win one here!

Nini, my daughters love theirs. Check this out:


Carol 'Lorton' Shilor December 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I was so excited to hear about this product. I’ve already ordered/sponsored via Kickstarter, but I know I’m going to want several. My husband and I could both use them at work on a regular basis. And talk about the perfect gift.. Something anyone can, and should.. use :)


Melody Klemin December 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’m so excited to get my wet hands on one of these Jimmy Towels that I started writing a song about it. And until my Kickstarter order arrives, I have tried to wipe my hands on my pants whenever possible instead of using a paper towel. C’mon March!


Adrienne December 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Great idea! Hope I win one!


Arlyse December 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I have already ordered two towels, but if I won I would give it to my sister.


dave. December 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I already backed the kickstarter project, but my brother could use one too.


Andrew Horng December 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I’d be excited to win the towel, not only for the impact on the environment, but to also be prepared for those cases when the dispenser is empty and the hand dryer is broken.


Brock Rumer December 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I backed this on kickstarter, but I’m sure an extra would be handy b/c everyone is going to want one once they see them.


Shanna December 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I backed the project but would love another to gift to my dad as he would enjoy the lack of waste.


redcanary December 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Very excited about this product. I always feel crummy everytime I use a paper towel and throw it on top of an already overflowing pile of papers towels in the trash.


Steve Thomson December 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

This is a brilliant idea and its nice to see its getting such great coverage!


orangeblox172 December 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Can’t wait to start using it in public and getting questions from others about it!


Mike Toleman December 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm

This is a great project and am happy to see the goal reached. As for the free stuff I would love to be able to give one to me as I am giving the one from kickstarter to my granddaughter to use when we are together.


Joanna Chia December 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I am always looking at projects that helps to save the earth or let us do our part… This is one of them and I want to intro it to my friends who uses tissue papers or paper towels as though the trees will go in a day!


Eileen S. December 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I’ve seen the Jimmy Towel used in person and my kids can’t wait to have their own Jimmy Towels to use at school! Can’t wait to start using them and showing them to others. Thinking of getting them for my son’s Tae kwon do class to use!


Diane J Bryan December 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I have one coming from Kickstarter. I think this will be great in so many situations-day camping, festivals, concerts, anywhere. If I win one it will be a spontaneous gift to an envious stranger.


Louise Matheny December 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I am so proud to support this awesome product.I have already pledged and placed my order but I would love one for my brother to use when he visits his daughter in Thailand.


Kurtis Surf Goggles December 19, 2012 at 11:35 pm

I supported with Kickstarter, but now I need one for ED. Ed is the opposite of JIMMY & he’s obsessive about germs. Using paper towels to turn on water, dry his hands & open doors. If Ed Wins it’s equivalent to10 others in paper towel reduction. Thank you Courtney and @jimmytowel


Kate December 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

Yay, Jimmy Towel! This has really brought an awareness to me about how many paper towels we use. I’m happy to support the project and look forward to using mine soon.


Bonnie December 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

I can’t wait to get my Jimmy Towels! I kicked paper towels and napkins out of my kitchen for daily use and switched to just kitchen towels and cloth napkins. I happily look forward to having my own towel to dry my hands when in public : ) Some might say why bother me stopping the “little” I use won’t make a difference but it does, it all adds up. It’s like the penny by itself yes it is only one cent but round a hundred of them up and you got yourself a dollar!


Elaine Heaney December 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

My best friend would luv this!!!!!! All she does is work in her kitchen :D


Ailis Brianna Halley Mumper December 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I want to get one for everyone in my family! What a brilliant idea, I wish you nothing but success!


Green Goes December 21, 2012 at 2:50 am

EVERY mother needs a few of these (thanks Mum!)!


Judydidit December 21, 2012 at 3:41 am

Every time I use paper towels now I think of the Jimmy Towel and can hardly wait to use one!! I want to share them with my co-workers, family and friends. That means lots of Jimmy Towels! I’m so excited!


Mike McArthur December 21, 2012 at 5:46 am

One person can make a difference!


Mike McArthur December 21, 2012 at 5:48 am

Or at least pass on my extra jimmy towel!


Gypsy Pyrates December 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

I am STOKED to be a backer of this project! I live in San Luis Obispo too and cannot wait to use my towel while out and about in the community…..SO READY to promote this! I want everyone in my family to have one……..and I want to help market them!


Sean December 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Can’t wait to get some of these, great idea! Until then listen to TED and “Shake & Fold”


Mike Webb December 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I am glad I was able to jump in on this one, its a great product! I am also totally tweeting this for the extra enty too! :D thanks!


Andrew December 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Ever since hearing about the product, I can’t wash and dry my hands without thinking about it.


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