I'm all about splashes of color in my dining room. Instead of painting the walls a new color every time my mood changes, I simply reach for cloth napkins.
Cloth napkins are a fun way to update your table setting instantly. They're inexpensive, available in a variety of colors and prints, and, best of all, very eco-friendly.
If the average family of four uses four paper napkins for breakfast and four for dinner, that's 56 paper napkins in one week. Almost 3,000 napkins a year!
That's a lot of trees!
According to the National Resources Defense Council, “If every household in the United States replaced just one package of virgin fiber napkins (250 count) with 100 percent recycled ones, we could save 1 million trees.” Taking it a step further, if every household in the U.S. replaced their paper napkins with cloth napkins, that's millions and millions of trees saved.
Debbie Downer might point out that cloth napkins save trees, but they use more water and energy because they need to be laundered. To this, I say let's live like the French and reuse cloth napkins. My household can usually get about five days out of cloth napkins before they need to be laundered (depending, of course, on what's on the menu).
I also say hey, I've gotta do laundry anyway. What's a few napkins tossed on top?
While shopping for cloth napkins recently, here are some that caught my eye:
4 for $11.96Cost Plus World Market has brightly colored Tree of Life II Napkins (four for $11.96), as well as a set of six Buffet Table Napkins in some great shades for only $9.99.
$3.95 eachIf you have a hard time choosing a color, you can't miss with Crate & Barrel's Baja Stripe Napkin, which has stripes of practically every color under the sun. Of course, you're gonna pay for your indecisiveness, because these cloth napkins cost $3.95 a pop.
$1.95 eachThe reasonably priced but equally cute Crate & Barrel Maribel Napkins are only $1.95 each.
Do you use cloth napkins?
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