Cloth Napkins for a Green Tabletop


A big part of going green is disposing of disposables. Not the new, eco-friendly biocompostable ranges…the bad old one-shot items that lurk in landfills where no recycling initiative could ever reach. The answer is another question: what came before disposables?

Let’s take napkins. You can buy recycled or compostable varieties – but the best way, which is happily the most stylish, is to use cloth. Cloth napkins add an immediate touch of luxury and sophistication. We loved Michelle Brusegaard’s poppy print napkins at first sight, pictured above – but quality cloth napkins are everywhere, and you can get extra eco-points for going organic.

Cloth napkins are even in your home, masquerading as pieces of material you have no other use for, just waiting to be sewn.

Disposing of other issues:

Urban tumbleweed vs. the tote bag

Wrapping paper vs. furoshiki

Image: Etsy

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.