Thursday, April 22, 2010
It Starts With A Napkin
It starts with a napkin? Okay, let me explain. For years, my husband and I used paper napkins with every meal. Six paper napkins a day doesn't sound like much, but consider this. How does 2,190 paper napkins sound? 25 years worth? 53,750! (Give or take a napkin or two)
That's why we decided to take a small step and switch to cloth napkins. One little gesture and we've eliminated something from the world trash heap. And, if you're wondering, throwing a few small napkins in a weekly load of laundry adds nothing to our utility bills. We've also switched to select-a-size paper towels but use cloth towels for clean-up whenever possible.
We recycle our grass clippings around trees and shrubs instead of filling plastic bags for the town pick up. Much easier on us and it also saves a lot of plastic trash bags! Even better.
We still have a long way to go. It's not easy to give up on conveniences, but, like us, you can start with the small stuff.
What have you done for Earth Day? Earth Year?
Why not pull out the cloth napkins?
Earth Day Official Website
Mary Cunningham Books