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Greenly: The Luxury of Linen Napkins

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Treat yourself (and your table) to this simple, everyday luxury.

A few years back, I received a set of cloth napkins for my birthday from a dear friend. While they were “cute” and all, I thought – what am I supposed to do with these? I’m not actually meant to wipe my mouth with this delicate piece of linen, am I? Once I started using them, I haven’t been able to go back. Turns out brightening my table with, what feels like a luxury, is a great, easy way to reduce paper usage at home.


Treat yourself and your table to the simple, everyday luxury of cloth napkins! Here are just a few of my favorite picks.

  1. Bon Appetit
  2. Napkins on a roll
  3. Smoke Dahlia
  4. Harwich Linen
  5. Ticking Stripe

And don’t forget to wash on cool and line dry to keep your impact to a minimum.

Have you made the cloth napkin switch? If you have washing tips or a favorite napkin design, leave them in the comment box below!

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.

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  • Gina L. 1 year ago
    Not only should you be using cloth for napkins, but they also should be on hand in kitchen or bathroom for fast clean ups.
  • Rita H. 1 year ago
    I have used cloth napkins for about 25 years. I was them with my reg. clothes doesn't take up any extra space. I was tired of buyin paper towels and napkins so I switch, loved every minute. It also empresses company.
  • Vicki S. 3 years ago
    I switched to cloth napkins 4 years ago. I had a collection that had not been used just sitting in the linen closet. My guests always feel special when I use them, but I know how much paper I am saving. Just throw them in the wash with the towels. Only takes minutes to fold and put away. I use them every day.
  • Donna C. 3 years ago
    My aunt always used tea towels for napkins. They are usually larger than regular cloth napkins. I have made my own, so I can have any size I want.
  • Sharon L. 3 years ago
    At meals, my family has been using colorful washcloths instead of paper napkins for years, they absorb so much better. When I want a more formal look I use nice cloth napkins.
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