The world is changing and people are rethinking their ways. People are noticing that our landfills are full and landscape is dwindling. All over the nation Americans are starting to realize that they need to do something to help protect our Mother Earth. There are many ways to be “green” and cloth napkins is one of my favorites. As a huge advocate of using reusable items instead of disposable, I want to share with you 5 compelling reasons to use cloth napkins.
1. The obvious environmental issues. Rather than being wasteful and throwing a soiled paper napkin into our landfills, or the landfills in other countries, why not use a cloth napkin that can be washed with your load of towels. It’s not that much extra work and could make a big difference in the amount of waste leaving your house.
2. They are super simple and cheap to make. If you are a sewer, than you already have tons of fabric right in your home. A simple 9×9″square can become a napkin in a matter of minutes. Or if you have a serger, a matter of seconds. If you do not sew, cloth dinner napkins can frequently be found on clearance racks in most department stores. Even if you start out your collection of cloth napkins with four lonely napkins, you are making a difference.
3. Cloth napkins can be lots of fun. I love making my own cloth napkins. In our house we have Bob the Builder napkins, Cars napkins, and kitty cat napkins. It’s a fun way to brighten up the table. Even the kids love them and are more likely to use the cloth napkin rather than their sleeve.
4. Make your table a little fancy. Sometimes it is fun to feel a little fancy and cloth napkins are a great way to do that. Think about it. When you go to a nice restaurant they give you a nice large cloth napkin. Not a flimsy paper one. Maybe dim your lights a little and pull out the larger dinner napkins. Light a few candles and serve something you would might order at a fancy place, or order some delicious takeout.
5. They really aren’t a lot of extra work. For a family of 5, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, I do not do any more laundry than I would if we used paper napkins. I simply add the napkins to my load of towels being sure to use vinegar and perhaps some dryer balls instead of any fabric softener. As I am folding the towels, I quickly fold the napkins in half and store them in a basket near the table.
I hope that hearing just a few reasons to switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins will inspire you to use them in your home. If everyone in America changed just a few wasteful habits, a huge difference would be made.