One of the simplest, little changes in your household can lead to a collectively huge environmental impact! Plus it’s affordable, fun, and let’s you be creative: reduce paper usage and waste by making the switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins.
The average person uses 2,200 paper napkins per year, which is about 6 napkins per day. If everyone used one less paper napkin per day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year. That’s an equivalent to filling up the entire Empire State Building!
There has been some debate about the difference of environmental impact between the production and usage of paper vs. cloth napkins. However, if you use only second-hand napkins, use them more than 50 times (I’ve used mine way more than 50 times), and wash them in cold water with phosphate-free soap, it’s by far a more eco-friendly choice.
- Reuse them several times before washing
- Pack them in lunch boxes
- Take them to work
- Use them at holiday dinners
Visit your local thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales and pick up some cloth napkins. Or, make your own from used fabric or table cloths!
Simple changes, big impact!