Wiping those crumbs from the corner of your mouth can be done in a much prettier and practical way! I’m not sure when it became completely acceptable and the norm to use paper products in the kitchen for all wiping and dabbing, but it feels like we’ve lost some of our class in the kitchen these days! To top it off, all of these disposable paper “necessities” actually cost a lot more to use than actual dishes, cloth napkins, and cloth towels. Every meal seems to have turned into a picnic, where everything is thrown away at the end of its only use. A paper plate with a paper napkin and plastic utensils seem to somehow cheapen the meal that they’re placed upon. I find it harder to teach my kids to appreciate their meals and to have good table manners when there is such irreverence towards the items we use to feed ourselves healthy, nutritious foods that we work so hard to put on the table, not to mention the complete disregard we show for the environment.
Paper napkins and towels contribute to almost half of all of our paper waste in North America. Think about how much paper waste you’d save out of the landfills, how much money you’d save in your pocketbook, and how much more special meals with your family would be if you made a simple switch to cloth napkins and towels! In our home, we find that it is only one small extra load of laundry on the weekend, and the bonus is that napkins and towels are easy for kids to fold!
You can find cloth napkins in beautiful patterns and fabrics in thrift stores for next to nothing as well! At our resale shop, Thrift & Thrive, you can find a set of four for just $1! Step it up at your table tonight and see how much more fun and important dinner with your family can be when you make the decision to switch to cloth. Let us know how it goes!