Continuing my efforts to be more green I’ve switched us to cloth napkins. Sitting down to dinner one night I realized that the majority of our paper towel usage is each night at dinner. Then my brain wondered around to how much I spend on paper towels and how quickly we go through a roll, leading into how many paper towels go into the trash can. I spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how many cloth napkins I would need and how it would affect my laundry.
If I were going to cloth napkins to be more green, I wouldn’t want to add an extra load to my laundry. Our washer and dryer are old and not very energy efficient. I don’t want to add to my carbon footprint, I’m trying to reduce it. I finally decided that the amount of napkins we need would easily fit into another load of laundry I would already be washing.
Paige and I hit up the local Old Time Pottery for some fun, cheap napkins. We picked up 4 new sets. When added to the ones Ronnie had from assorted restaurants and catering we have more than enough for the week. In fact we have enough to put one in my lunchbox everyday as well.
I’ve been taking things slow on what to change. I want to make permanent changes which means changing my habits not just making a lot of changes at one time. A lot of changes at once won’t stick; at least not with me. This takes me up to using my own reusable shopping bags, taking a lunch bag each day, using reusable containers & utensils in my lunch bag, taking my own cup to Starbucks and McAlisters, mixing my own laundry detergent and now using cloth napkins. Overall, I think it’s a good start.