In a perfect world we would be utilizing paper napkins that are made from 100% post consumer waste (PCW) and are processed chlorine-free (PCF) (which means no bleach will get into our water systems after the product is thrown out or recycled again). We do not live in a perfect world and the pile of napkins below is proof of that.
Above you see my husband (a.k.a. Mr. Serious in this photo), getting ready to back out of the driveway – his car is usually full of napkins. He runs his business out of his vehicle and spends a lot of time on the road working long hours. This means LOTS of fast food stops. Most of the time he has an extra napkin or two left after he eats. Instead of putting it back in the bag and throwing it out or recycling it, he saves the napkins for reuse to prevent waste. Once he gets a large pile, he brings it in for the family to use and helps keep our landfills just a little bit cleaner.
Seems like a small thing to do for our planet, doesn’t it? It is not when you imagine that Americans use an average of 2,200 paper napkins per person per year – here is the U.S. population count as of this blog post – 307,340,699 – you do the math! Thousands of trees could be used for other purposes if we were more careful about which napkins we choose to use and how we choose to use them. For instance, how are we going to use the napkins which are automatically handed to us through the fast food window?
Follow my husbands great tip and prevent waste – save and reuse the extra napkins you pick up along in your journey through life. Also, when buying new napkins focus on purchasing PCW and PCF products. This goes a long way towards protecting the environment.
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