An alternative to paper tissue

June 13, 2011

Bring back the hanky!

Years ago, everyone carried a handkerchief.  Then facial tissues came along.  They were initially marketed to help ladies remove makeup – but people started using them to blow their noses, and today that’s the norm.

But maybe it’s worth reconsidering hankies.  True, they need to be washed – but going paperless means less trees cut, less energy used to turn them into paper and, importantly, less trash to dispose of.  Read an analysis comparing hankies and paper tissue here.

And what about hygiene?  Our noses release a lot of germs when we’re sick, so disposable tissue might be a better option then.  But in healthy times, hankies are perfect for everyday wipes and blows.  Plus hankies are non-allergenic: no dust to inhale.

A few tips: make hankies out of scrap fabric; have a different hanky for each day of the week; wash them in cold water and dry on a clothesline; choose organic cotton or hemp.  Happy honking!

Thanks to Trudy Mitic for this suggestion!


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