Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Green Choices Wednesday
Here's another paper vs cloth choice.
Paper napkins are technically a "renewable resource." However, the production and the distribution chains for paper products expend irreplaceable fossil fuel and create greenhouse gases and other pollutants. It is true that paper products are biodegradable, so they don't stay in the landfill forever. My point is that disposable products still turn resources into garbage after a single use, wasting fuel and generating pollution in the process.
Production of cloth napkins also consumes resources, but cloth napkins are used over and over, and may be recyled into rags when worn. They are commonly available in cotton or linen, and the DIY'er will find "Sew your own cloth napkins" directions widely available on the web.
My family is continuing to look for ways to eliminate "disposable" items from our lives. We've recently started using cloth napkins at our meals instead of paper napkins.
Consider ways to eliminate "disposable" products from your life!
Think Green and live Green!