05 October 2008

Monday Fun Find #14 & Reduce what you use: cloth napkins

This is a combo post, as I've been meaning to do another segment of "Reduce what you use" for some time now.

So, today, reduce what you use by switching from disposable to cloth napkins for everyday meals. About six months ago we ran out of our trusty package of Zee napkins and instead of buying another, I decided to pull out the various sets of cloth napkins we received as wedding gifts and actually use them.

What is the point of having sets of cloth napkins in your cupboards waiting for a "special occasion" all the while filling the landfill with disposable napkins after every meal? We decided that in our house, every meal can be that special occasion and we've been using the cloth substitutes ever since.

We've even realized that they don't need to be washed after every meal--they are good for several. I promise I wash them when they need it--but even that isn't a hassle at all. I mean, you're washing dish towels and dish rags, right? Just throw in your napkins!

My good friend Amy makes beautiful cloth napkins--many people stopped to admire her handiwork when we tried our luck at the Eugene Saturday Market earlier this year. I would prefer to showcase her napkins for the Monday Fun Find, but she hasn't quite set herself up on Etsy quite yet. (hint hint, Amy). (If you click on that link and the bad picture of us in that post, you can catch a glimpse of her napkins, or you can see them close-up here or here)

It's interesting--there actually aren't an overwhelming amount of cloth napkin makers on Etsy right now--just a few select sellers whose napkins are all very different from each other.

I will showcase one set I really liked here:


This is a set of 6 napkins made of tan medium-weight cotton and accented with a blue batik. They are made by Bren of goodkarma, a fellow member of teamecoetsy. She has a variety of unique, and well-crafted items in her shop, all made with great attention to detail.

Happy Monday!

12 comments:

Emily said...

Yay for Amy! Have you been to her creative space blog? She has tons of napkins on there too.

http://amycreativeworld.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-06-26T12%3A50%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7

BeckyKay said...

Not only does Bren make cute napkins, she's a real sweet person, too!

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

GoodKarma's napkins are super cute, love her "hoot" notebook covers and her produce bags, great way to reduce plastic grocery bags!!

Em said...

fun. good idea. also check out yunny.etsy.com. they're fab napkins. esp the fish ones :)

Bean said...

we switched to cloth napkins awhile back, too - aren't they great? I do wash them after every use, though - I don't want to accidentally get one with bread crumbs on it touching my own face ;)

If I had a serger, I'd make cloth napkins and sell them... they're just so time consuming for me to make over and over and over when I have to fold & hem so many edges!

(and your package went out today! yay!)

Emily said...

Okay so earlier I didn't see that you had her link on there! Silly me.

Lima Bean said...

Actually, Emily, you aren't silly--you reminded me about her creative space so I went and added it. Thanks for the idea!

mindi said...

we are huge cloth napkin fans and have been for years. i feel so much better about using them. btw, sorry i haven't sent you a payment yet- i keep forgetting. i'll do that now!

Chelsea said...

So I was totally just a comment solicitor...can we still be friends? I usually don't do it I swear. And, I'm not the hugest fan either, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Lis said...

You are so right. I have an entire drawer full and I used them when I entertain, but not regularly. I don't know why . . .

I prefer Scott disposable napkins, though - Zees are too scratchy.

Paper towels are my biggest guilty thing - I keep hearing about Trader Joe's Reusable Kitchen Cloth and have been meaning to try them out.

Arnold Book Club said...

Kristine, you are too sweet to talk about my napkins and put a link on there- you are so sweet and good to me!

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