Napkin rings? What, am I Martha? Actually, no. Martha would be quite horrified at the table I set each night. And yet, I do use napkin rings.
Once upon a time, it occurred to me that the cloth napkins we use daily probably don’t need to be washed daily. I mean, after ribs or pizza yes, certainly – we’re not gross – but some meals just don’t leave much beyond a crumb on our napkins. Those, I figured, we could use another night.
My eldest gifted me with custom made napkin rings nearly ten years ago, and we’re still using them today. After dinner, we decide if our napkin needs to be washed or if it can be reused. If it can be reused without drawing the ire of the health department, it gets rolled back up and tucked into our personalized napkin ring and kept in a basket for the next night.
Using cloth napkins has prevented countless paper napkins from entering the waste stream over the years. Washing napkins only when they actually need it has saved lots of time and plenty of water.
Do you use cloth napkins? What about napkin rings?