Guest blog: What's in Your Hand?
Everyone who shops at reuseit.com knows that plastic bags blow, but have you considered what happens to your facial tissue when you throw it away? The tissues that fill your pocket or purse are just as unnecessary as the plastic bags that fill your cart because there is a great reusable alternative that is readily available -- The Handkerchief.
The handkerchief is what people used for hundreds of years before 1930 when we all starting buying the disposable variety en masse. I never thought of using a handkerchief until I met my husband ten years ago. He didn’t grow up in the United States and had not been programed that he had to wipe his nose with a paper tissue, so he used a handkerchief. I will admit, at first I thought his handkerchief use was a little weird, but it grew on me, and a year after meeting him I was a handkerchief convert.
I prefer handkerchiefs for four reasons. First, they are way more comfortable to wipe your nose on. Secondly, they are much better for the environment since you are not throwing anything away and they take up virtually no space in a normal load of laundry. Thirdly, they do a much better job at improvising for other uses; wiping the faces and hands of my children, wrapping things up to store in my purse and cleaning my sunglasses are among a few alternative uses. And finally, but less practically, they are way more stylish than a plain old white piece of paper to pull out of my purse for any of these uses.
Try it. The cloth napkins in the store, work great as a handkerchief! I know you will become a handkerchief convert too!
Julie Magro blogs at To The Dinner Table, a blog devoted to easy, healthy, whole food, organic cooking for busy families. Her and her husband, Leonard also help couples who work together with their blog, Boardroom Couple.