10. Paper cranes look more like wounded sparrows
9. Cloth napkins don't clog your lint trap
8. Napkins rings look silly on rolled up Bounty sheets
7. Paper doesn't soak up the red sauce before it stains your skirt (leaving an embarrassing red stain where it ought not be)
6. Hard to emphasize your point in an argument by angrily throwing down your paper napkin
5. Can't snap a paper napkin at a cute guy's ass
4. Takes your table from trailer-trash to Martha Stewart in under 10 seconds
3. Initial investment vs. 10 year cost analysis
2. Reducing AND reusing all in one change
1. Deforestation in the name of mouth-wiping = bad eco karma
It's been over a year now that I've been gracing my table with soft, cotton, love-squares and I'll never go back to paper again. This is one of my earlier changes, and since its implementation, our little family has avoided using over 2,000 paper napkins.
My favorite Christmas gift last year came from my 2-year-old niece, Libby, who took a set of nearly-new napkins from Goodwill and used fabric paints to add her handprints to them. They are absolutely adorable and we use them every single night.
Switching from paper to cloth is not a difficult change to make and I'm surprised more people don't do it. It's cheap and classy, how often does that happen?!? Let's face it: cloth napkins aren't just for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. They are for everyday, every meal.
Today's challenge is to give up the paper napkins in your house and switch to cloth napkins for daily use. If you're already a cloth-convert, then scour the second-hand shops for a set to give to a friend or neighbor. Personalizing them, as my niece did, or making them yourself is a beautiful way to say "I love you, now stop killing trees".