Being more eco-friendly can be overwhelming, but I remember something Oprah* said a few years ago on an environment friendly show. . . Just try to do ONE thing at a time. So that’s me. Not all the way but getting a little closer as time goes by.
This is what my family is doing in honor of Earth Day: Moving (mostly) to cloth napkins. ** I love the look and feel of cloth ones and we already use them every now and then. But here’s the big problem: I don’t want to wash them after each use unless they get really messy (will still stick with paper for Italian and wings) and we get them mixed up – for my oldest son to by chance get his brother’s napkin for the next meal… well that would be the “worst thing in the world.” (I guess I can’t blame him.) So here’s our solution:
labels on our napkin rings. I used my label maker (possibly the coolest thing I got in 2009) but you can use a sharpee / masking tape or if feeling really creative, hand-make your own with names (use anything from ribbon to cut-up paper towel roll) as part of the design.
* I wonder how many times I could quote Oprah on my future blog posts… I could do a blog based totally on her – love her. Speaking of Oprah, have you seen her 10th anniversary edition of O? Mine just came in the mail – it’s already my all-time favorite issue – I’m a charter member I think! – and I’ve only gotten through the first few pages…
** Discussions on paper v. cloth and which one is truly the friendliest vary. If you want to know more so you can determine what’s best for you, I just found this good article on care2care.com’s website.