Go classy; go green — Switch to cloth napkins

Cloth napkins add such a nice touch to a meal, be it a picnic or a formal gathering.

They can be plain or highly decorative. Cloth napkins are easy to make and are a wonderful gift. Natural fiber napkins (cotton, flax, hemp) last for years, often last generations.

They can be tossed in with other laundry, down-cycled to rags, and eventually composted. Americans use over 160 billion paper napkins annually. That’s a lot of trees. Fourteen percent of all global wood harvest is for paper production. Deforestation is one of the main environmental problems we’re facing in these times. Cloth napkins are an easy reusable alternative to a single-use product.

Information provided by ReGroup, a nonprofit educational group formed in 1989 to develop public awareness of wastereduction,reuse, and recycling benefit on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Find ReGroup on Facebook or contactusatregroupkenaipeninsula@gmail.com.

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