We're right in the thick of cold and flu season, and if you're anything like me, this chilly weather is not doing your nose any favors. Rather than relying on paper from virgin forests to clear your sinuses, let's talk about some better tissue options!
The NRDC has added a facial tissue guide to their Shopper's Guide to Home Tissue Products. According to their site, "If every household in the United States replaced just one box of virgin fiber facial tissues (175 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 163,000 trees." The top brand on their list is Whole Foods' 365. To see who else made the cut, check out the whole guide here!
100% recycled disposable tissues are definitely way better than conventional paper tissue products, but if you want to take things a step further, you might consider using a good, old-fashioned hankie.
There are all manner of hankie options out there. I'm really digging this organic cotton whale hankie from Etsy seller Spicy Tuna (pictured right). This set of four hemp napkins from Intertwined Designs would make great handkerchiefs, too!
If you just can't let go of that tissue box, Hankettes has you covered. They make organic cotton hankies that live in a traditional tissue box!
Of course the crafter in me always prefers to make rather than buy. Not only is it cheaper, but you can use any fabric you want! Making a hankie is really no different than making a cloth napkin, and Kristy Medina has a great video tutorial on how to make your own two-ply, embellished napkins. Her son "helps" throughout the video, and it's pretty darn cute!
Her napkins are 10" x 5", but you can really make them any size you like.
Are there any hankie users out there? It's tough to make the leap from disposables, and we'd love to hear your success stories!