Wipe Your Tears and Nose with a Hankie

Jan, 26, 2018

By Fredrica Syren:
When I was a little girl my grandfather always carried a cloth handkerchief in his pocket. They were nice blue ones and he would get a brand new one that was folded neatly every morning. Nowadays handkerchiefs seem to have gone out of style and but I think it’s time to bring back the hankie because what better way to reduce waste by using a handkerchief?
They are washable and reusable, you carry around more than one, they can do a lot more than just mop up a snotty nose or two. And they look nice and feel nicer than paper to wipe your nose or tears with. Handkerchief in general are very light and take very little space so it’s easy to bring one or more in your purse or pocket for all kinds of messes besides your face: clean up a spill, clean up a cup, fork or bottle before eating or drinking from it or something to place your sandwich or goodie on in lack of a plate. The possibilities are endless so I say let’s make the humble handkerchief part of our daily routine again and make it cool to carry one.
Now off course if you’re not the lucky owner of handkerchiefs you can buy organic ones online. Another option is to make your own and here is a great video on how to do that:

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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