Then I started thinking, could I make cloth work?
- My Mom's household consists of three adults.
- My household consists of three adults and three (sometimes four) kids.
- Do I want the added laundry?
- Is cloth actually better for the environment?
2. My kids are very messy critters. I'm not sure why, but even at 13 my oldest still drops tons of food on the floor and uses several napkins at each meal. The boys are just a little bit neater than the girls. They tend to use their shirts/pants as napkins. All in all I must have gone wrong somewhere in teaching them cleanliness at the dinner table.
3. We do 1-2 loads of laundry 4-5 days out of the week. I hate to fold it and put it away, so laundry often sits in baskets in my living room. Until I can't look at it anymore and I fold like a mad woman while watching tv. I do have the kids put away their clean clothes. So how much more laundry are cloth napkins going to make?
4. I have spent several hours trying to figure out if cloth is really better for the environment. The biggest reason being, they have to be washed and dried. Which means using water and electricity.
I have found several sites that tell me that cloth is better. Many have said that you can just toss the napkins in with stuff you're already washing. (Big bonus there for me!) At Treehugger all the possible "environmental effects" math was done. Growing a Green Family did the math on how much you could save using cloth napkins. I am seriously starting to think that going cloth could work for my family. I like save money and I like saving the earth, so this is a win-win for me.
Do any of you use cloth napkins? Any thoughts about cloth -vs- paper?
A couple of interesting sites on switching to cloth napkins.