Did you know that the average American consumes more than 700 pounds of paper a year? In fact, the paper industry is the fourth largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
If someone uses three paper napkins each day, 1,095 paper napkins are wasted every year. Multiply that by the American population, and you may see why 25% of landfills consist of paper waste.
One way to reduce your carbon footprint is as simple as switching from paper to cloth napkins. Choosing cloth napkins reduces waste, saves trees, and adds color and beauty to your dinner table!
Come visit your local Global Exchange store this fall and check out our 100% cotton block print tablecloths and napkins. When you buy one set (one tablecloth and four napkins), we’ll throw in four additional napkins for FREE!
Handmade in India, our Fair Trade table linens are created with the ancient technique of “block printing.” The time-consuming process begins with a piece of teak wood, which is intricately carved by a block maker into elaborate designs. The block is dipped into natural dyes of indigo, pomegranate, palm sugar, and other minerals, and pressed firmly onto stretched fabric. Many designs and colors are layered onto the fabric, until the final piece is complete.
Go green this season by switching to cloth napkins!
Posted on: October 13, 2010
Filed under: Global Exchange Store Updates