1000 Flowers for the Planet - #212 Use Cloth Napkins
Paper napkins can be very pretty and come with an endless choice of sizes and prints to suit your décor or event. Be mindful that they are a paper product and single use, thereby thrown away into landfill. Obviously paper napkins are a big seller because you can buy them in many places, so their use is not as obsolete as one might think. It’s probably an old fashioned idea, but the use of cloth napkins is a much more environmentally friendly option, and maybe it’s time to bring back some of the traditions that grandma tried to teach us. For everyday use your cloth napkin can be used for several days, and may only need to be washed once a week. When guests visit to share a meal they will feel extra special when given a nice cloth napkin to wipe their hands and mouth upon, and it will make them feel more comfortable. Have you ever visited someone for afternoon tea when they’ve offered you a sticky treat and you’re left with dreadfully sticky fingers and nowhere to wipe them? You’re left to lick them clean as best you can and hope you don’t get caught wiping them on your clothes – not very classy!
This Flower can be about good manners and behaving with style, but if you really don’t care much about that, then consider that paper napkins are created from trees, which could be avoided if you don’t use them. The planet benefits by cutting down fewer trees, saving all the resources used in processing, creating less carbon emissions and adding to landfill.