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The other night on Twitter, Daisy (@DrMommy) asked a question? “What is an inexpensive idea for cloth napkins?” She was trying to get rid of the paper napkins as a first step to reducing waste. I had the perfect answer! (Well, I thought so anyway) So I thought I’d share it here and see if you had any ideas as well!
Now, if you follow me on Twitter you know that I don’t exactly buy in to the Catastrophic Global Climate Change theory. I believe it’s a natural cycle based on the sun’s activity. (but let’s don’t debate THAT in the comment section, huh?) You see, it doesn’t really matter in this case, because I DO believe we need to take care of our environment, and do what we can to reduce waste in landfills. God created this world for us as stewards, and we need to be responsible. It also doesn’t hurt to save a little money while we’re at it.
A while ago, I decided to take some baby steps, inspired by my friend Cayce, who truly tries to live in harmony with the environment. I have to take baby steps, because the thought of doing everything at once, makes me so overwhelmed, I end up not doing anything!
- Fat Quarters for Quilting! I got a pack of cotton fat quarters at Walmart that matched, but were slightly different. You can put “Fray Check” on the edges, serge them, or let them fray for a casual look. I’ve had mine for a couple of years, and it really doesn’t add to much to the laundry.
- Buy a vintage clothing item at a thrift store, and cut it up into napkins! I have to admit this one was all Cayce’s idea. She is so creative with this stuff! She said that even if it’s not organic cotton, it’s an already existing item, so it’s actually greener than an organic item created from scratch. Brillliant!
- Do you have another idea?
BONUS! Get rid of those expensive and wasteful paper towels! When I told my husband that I was banishing paper towels, he sort of freaked out. I told him he could keep a roll of paper towels in the cabinet just in case he wanted to take it out and snuggle with it use it. So here’s what I did, which would also work for every day cloth napkins:
- Get a big stack of washcloths from the store. Usually, they are sold very cheaply in stacks of 5-10 at your local discount store. (Make sure you have enough) I thought about putting them in a drawer, but I figured the only way I would grab them and use them is if I put them out on the window sill by the kitchen sink. So when I would normally reach for a paper towel, I reach for the stack of washcloths. I reuse a washcloth for a day or two and then throw it in the laundry when I feel like it’s dirty. Again, it doesn’t really add too much to the laundry.
If you don’t feel like making your own, Cayce makes ADORABLE lunchbox napkins in her Etsy Shop, Sustainable Homestead. She also makes reusable produce/bulk bags, reusable sandwich baggies, and cloth gift wrap bags.
So what are your baby steps for “greening” your kitchen? Share them in the comments?
Disclosure: I mention Cayce’s Etsy Store because I love her. She’s my friend, and she’s really cool. And green. Well, not literally green. You know what I mean.
This post is linked at Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family. Click over there to see tons more awesometips and tricks.