Inspired eco-goodness at Goodwill
We are a fairly eco-minded crew over here at Chez Sutherland.
Recycling is a family affair and requires a trip to the county facility (no curbside in our little corner of suburbia — yet). We buy local food when we can and we support independently-owned businesses as much as possible.
Our dirty little secret? Our massive consumption of paper towels and paper napkins. I try not to think of how often I restocked our supply at Costco, or how much I used paper towels and napkins as “plates” for sandwiches and snacks so I wouldn’t dirty a real plate. We needed to fix this issue fast.
I was prompted to action by my sweet friend Jessie. On a visit to her house–a regular hive of activity buzzing with three little ones under the age of five–I noticed a basket full of cloth napkins. She told me how easy it was to make the switch. So we did.
I quickly became a cloth-napkin-hoarding fool. I couldn’t get enough, but of course I didn’t want to spend a lot. $8 per napkin? For my children to rub their mac-and-cheesy faces on? I don’t think so.
On a recent trip to the Cornelius store, I stumbled upon the home textiles, and as Oprah says, I had a light bulb moment. Why hadn’t I realized before that Goodwill carries cloth napkins? And they are only $1.29 for a set of four ($1.79 for a set of six).
It’s a triple-whammy of eco-goodness: Buying recycled goods, not using paper products and a bargain to boot!