According to Seventh Generation’s website "If every household in the U.S. replaced just one 250 count package of virgin fiber napkins with 100% recycled ones, we could save:
*1 million trees
*2.7 million cubic feet of landfill space equal to over 4,000 full garbage trucks
*380 million gallons of water, a year’s supply for 2,900 families of four
*and avoid 64,000 pounds of pollution!"
Of course Seventh Generation wants you to buy their 100% recycled napkins, and that’s great for those of use who don’t sew. BUT for those of us that DO sew, I can’t think of a better–and easier–project than making a dozen or so CLOTH napkins.
For a great, and entertaining, tutorial on how to sew cloth napkins, check out HeresyOfTruth’s tutorial over on Instructables. And as this is rummage sale season, it would be a great time to keep an eye out for cheap table cloths–even stained ones, as you can use the remaining, unblemished fabric to make your new napkins.
Picture of "Festival Napkins" courtesy of Elegant Linens of Park City.