I knew we’d turned a corner in the switch-to-cloth department when our small group had a gathering at our house and one of the kids got sick in our basement. His horrified parents graciously offered to help clean up and asked for paper towels—we didn’t have any.
No napkins—nothing! Honestly I was worried that this would test the viability of our household environmentalism, but it was not a problem. One load of laundry later and we were back on track.
If you’ve considered switching to cloth, wait until your paper towel roll/napkins run out. Replace them with a cut up old t-shirt for rags or a flannel as a test-napkin. Cloth is far more absorbent than paper, cheaper and much more eco-friendly. Same is true for cloth diapers. Totally different spin on cloth--even more impactful financially and environmentally.
*One less thing on the shopping list is always good!