Cloth napkins have more wiping power than their paper counterparts, reduce waste, feel nice against your skin, and look pretty. They’re both decorative and functional. Reusable cloth napkins keep trees from being cut down as most brands use virgin tree pulp to produce paper napkins. Cloth napkins also help keep our finite landfill space a little emptier by reducing waste — even more so if you make them from upcycled fabric. Anecdotally, I know a book editor with five kids who reduced her waste by half with a switch to cloth. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, she swapped out paper napkins and paper towels for cloth out of necessity because she couldn’t find either at the grocery store. A week later, she found that due to these two swaps alone, her landfill waste was cut in half! Editor’s note: This article contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of these links, we receive a small commission that helps fund our Recycling Directory . Photo: Maureen Wise Discover Your Napkin Material Making reusable napkins from scraps of extra fabric you have on hand or worn-out clothing is a great option for reducing waste even further. […]

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