Our Top Ten Ticklingly Good Fun & Terribly Trendy Table Napkins

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear us say that we’re rather partial to fun tableware… and it’s good to know that we’re not alone.  Recently, we’ve been spying more and more fun and stylish napkins in bright vibrant colours.

Here are, as chosen by us, our Top Ten Ticklingly Good Fun & Terribly Trendy Table Napkins….

10 – Giardino’s Paisley Napkins, £24.15 for a set of 4

9 – Made with Love by Charlotte Fleming’s Light House Napkins, £18 for a set of 4

8 – Concetta Gallo for Habitat’s Concetta, cotton printed napkins, £5 each.

7 – Imogen Luddy’s Polite Napkins, £10 each

6 – Lush Designs Vegetable Napkins, £31 for a set of 4

5 – The Coin Laundry’s Hungry Like The Wolf Napkins, £12.71 for a set of 4

4 – Oh Little Rabbit’s Revolver and Daisys Napkins, £12.71 for a set of 4

3 – Cyanide Stitches’ Robot Dinner Napkins, £12.71 for a set of 4

2 – Betsy Grace’s Mustache Napkins, £45.75 for a set of 6

And at Number 1 – our favourite napkins are… drum roll….. yes, you guessed it…. our Beetle Napkins, £20 for a set of 4 … but then that probably didn’t come as a complete surprise now did it??

So, do you know any that we’ve missed out??

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Cotton vs. Paper Napkins

We’re often asked by our customers and friends which option we should be going for when it comes to napkins – are cotton napkins more eco-friendly than disposable paper napkins? or is it the other way around?

eco napkins

Well, there’s lots of information on the world wide web on this fiercely debated topic but one of the most comprehensive articles comes from Pablo Paster on Treehugger.com.  Here he argues that cotton has about half the impact of paper and to explain his findings he goes through the lifecycle of each inorder to understand their actual cost to the environment.

Cotton napkin production, is without a doubt definitely the more wasteful, needing vast quantities of water for it to grow, pesticides, bleach and yet more water during the processing of the fabrics.  It needs soap to wash it which (can enter and damage water/eco systems), oh, and that’s not to mention the energy required to operate the washing machines to launder and then the dryers to dry them! Yes, that’s quiet a lot to be thinking about compared with the relatively small number of negatives for paper towels – namely deforestation and massive contribution to landfill which is then responsible for producing methane gases.

It comes as no surprise then that Paster’s article shows a 28gm cotton napkin to cause 1kg of greenhouse gases and uses 150 litres of water, a linen napkin 112gm of greenhouse emissions and 22 litres of water followed by a paper napkin which uses 10grams of gases and 0.3 litres of water.

Yup, it’s pretty clear that cotton is still the worst offender when it comes to production.  But once you take into account that cloth napkins are not a single use item (like their paper cousin) that go on for years and years, the experts start changing their minds.   With paper waste in the US accounting for 25% of all landfill, really, it’s not rocket science is it?……… The trick they say is to go for linen if possible (the flax plant is more resistant to disease and needs far less pesticides) and not wash them after every use.  Instead, chuck them in with the rest of your laundry at the end of the week to have as small an impact in terms of water, soap or energy consumption.  And don’t forget to resist using that dryer – instead stick them out to dry for free on the washing line for an even lower carbon footprint!

Good job then that there are so many gorgeous napkins out there hey?  Click here to see our top 10 favourites!