Are Paper Napkins More Environmentally Friendly Or Cloth Napkins?

Are Paper Napkins More Environmentally Friendly Or Cloth Napkins?

With the energy and water used in washing and drying, isn't it actually more environmentally friendly to use paper napkins instead of cotton?Cloth napkins not only use water in washing and a lot of energy in drying but the making of them is also not insignificant. Cotton is a highly irrigated crop that also requires a lot of biocides and defoliant chemicals. In many cases napkins are actually made from linen, which is made from the fibers of the flax plant, and is significantly more environmentally friendly. Additional considerations include the fact that paper napkins are used once, while cloth napkins can be used multiple times. Of course, in the case of restaurants, you don't want a napkin used twice! Read more  
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