Making the switch to cloth napkins is pretty easy. I don't find that it makes any more laundry, I just throw them in with another load when they are dirty.
Benefits of cloth napkins:
- Make everything look fancier
- No plastic packaging
- Not using trees for a product that will be used once and thrown out
- Can be used over and over
- Frugal--you don't need to keep buying packages of paper napkins
You can use cloth napkins at home and in your lunchbox at work or school. I usually stick one in a reusable bag when I'm on the go.
If you aren't familiar with Plastic Free July, take a look at this post. Basically, it's a month-long challenge to reduce the amount of disposable plastic you use. It's a great starting point if you just want to give cutting out disposable plastic a try.
My first Plastic Free July was in 2013(!), and this month I'd like to highlight some of the things I do to reduce my plastic use, and some struggles. Many things are part of my routine at this point (buying in bulk, refusing plastic silverware, etc.), but I am not perfect, and I always find this challenge to be a good time to refocus and look at what trash I am actually producing.