In January we made a small change to eliminate purchasing plastic water bottles...and I'm pleased to report that it was a big success! We've been filling reusable water bottles for trips and basketball games and so far I haven't heard any complaints from the crowd. I've also been drinking more water which is a bonus benefit. So, for February our small change is going to be do away with paper napkins with a curious glance at the possibility of dropping paper towels in the near future.
When John and the kids and I were talking about what to institute in February, everyone was all on the same page with the cloth napkins. We've actually been using them more and more since last summer and everyone seemed to feel like we could make the switch to all cloth. I've got a good stash started and it really doesn't require more work as I just throw them in with our regular laundry.
The other day, I saw these snack mats on Audra's blog and thought they were a great idea. Some of the time we use paper napkins as snack holders...rather than dirty a dish the kids will just put some pretzels or cookies on a napkin. But since we aren't going to be using paper napkins, I figured these little mats would come in handy for snackin'.
We're trying to choose changes that will work for us as a family. So, when I mentioned what Jessica had done for her January small change by eliminating paper towels I got some mixed reviews. John wasn't sure he wanted to go cold turkey without paper towels so we're going to do a bit of a trial run with the possibility of making that our March change. I'm going to gather some discarded sheets and t-shirts that can be cut into cloths to use in place of the paper towels.
We'll still have paper towels available, but hopefully our first choice will be to grab the reuseable cloths instead of the paper towels. I'll keep you posted on our progress...the fun thing is that I've got the excuse to make some more cloth napkins! How about your house?...do you use paper towels and napkins or have you made the switch to cloth?...I'd love to hear what you've found that works!