Paper napkins are cheap and convenient, but are they the right choice for your family? Have you considered switching to cloth napkins, but you’re still on the fence? Here are 5 reasons that might convince you to make the switch.
They Are Cheaper
My favorite reason? Because they are cheaper than using disposable napkins! It’s true that paper napkins don’t cost a lot of money, but if your kids are like mine, they go through a ton of paper napkins! So, I’m buying them over and over again and the cost adds up. Also, cloth napkins aren’t a very expensive item to buy. You can look for sales and buy them off-season to save even more money. Or, you could make your own by using an old tablecloth or buying fabric. Simply cut rectangles with fabric scissors and sew up the edges, with a sewing machine, a serger, or by hand.
They Are More Absorbent
In terms of quality, a paper napkin doesn’t have anything on a cloth napkin. Cloth napkins are bigger, more absorbent, and more durable than paper napkins. This is all good news if you have small children at home who tend to be messy eaters.
They Are Better for the Environment
Paper napkins are not recyclable if they have been used and are covered in food and drink spills. You can use fabric napkins that you can use for years and years to come before they truly wear out. Plus, after they wear out for table napkins, they can be used as rags for household projects. Also, you will be teaching your children valuable lessons about conserving, reusing, and being good stewards of the earth.
They Don’t Have to Be Fancy
You might have it in your head that cloth napkins are only used for fancy occasions, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Once you grab or make a set of cloth napkins and start using them day to day, you’ll soon get used to having fabric for all meals, not just the special ones! Since you aren’t planning on only using your fabric napkins for special occasions, you don’t need to worry about having all the napkins matching and stain free. Not having to worry about matching napkins will also free you up to find great sales on a variety of styles and patterns. Your day to day cloth napkins will take a beating, showing signs of wear and tear along with some stains that just don’t come out in the wash. But who cares? You can always reserve a nice, matching set for company.
It’s One Small Change
If you are trying to produce less waste, this is a great place to start. It’s a simple change that can spur you on to making other environmentally responsible decisions.
So, are you convinced? Are you ready to make the change to cloth napkins?