life without napkins
One of the easiest green changes to make is to embrace life without napkins. Paper napkins, that is. While eating so daintily that drips and spills cease to exist might be the ultimate green solution, I am not a good candidate for trying that method. When eating spaghetti, it always turns out that I’m wearing a white shirt. When finished eating spaghetti, it always turns out that I’m wearing a polka-dotted shirt. Weird.
So napkins are a must for me, and for most of us humans. I have three sets of cloth napkins, which used to come out only on rare occasions — usually when I was serving a nice dinner to guests. Now they have a permanent place at our table.
I don’t know that I’ve ever given out a challenge on my blog before, but I am today. Stop buying paper napkins. It is so easy to make the switch to cloth. Don’t buy particularly fancy cloth napkins. Or better yet, don’t buy them at all. Turn the fabric of old clothing into napkins. Seams are nice and keep the napkins from unraveling, but if you don’t have access to a sewing machine, they’re not essential. Another tip: go with colored napkins. At our house, one set is purple, one is burnt orange, and the other is black with flowers. The great benefit of dark-colored napkins is that you can’t see the stains.
I thought I may be overwhelmed with the laundry when I started using cloth napkins, but they’re so small they can be thrown in the top of any load without weighing down the washer. And you can use them several times without washing them, too; they really don’t get that dirty. Don’t worry about ironing, like I used to. Just fold them up as soon as they’re dry, and they’ll be beautiful and ready for your next meal.