Green or Greenwashing? MYdrap Cotton Napkins on a Roll

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One of the best ways to adopt a greener lifestyle is to rethink the things we buy. Sounds easy enough, but with the onslaught of new "eco" products that have been introduced in the last few years, it's sometimes difficult to separate the green from the greenwashing. While I'm intrigued by these reusable and biodegradable napkins from MYdrap, I'm a bit skeptical too.

We've had the paper towel vs. cotton towel debate before, but what about products that fall somewhere in between? MYdrap napkins are made from natural cotton or linen (and sold in an array of different colors) and come in an easy-to-transport roll with perforations between each sheet. They can be machine washed up to 6 times and then recycled or tossed in the yard waste bin. Compared to paper towels, they seem like a better choice since you get 6 uses from one napkin, but put them next to more durable cotton towels and it seems like greenwashing.

While cotton towels might be the obvious choice around the home - what about birthday parties, picnics or camping trips, where the convenience of paper is harder to resist? Is something like MYdrap a better solution?

(Note: the MYdrap products are currently made in Spain, which is another factor to consider when evaluating their eco-cred. The company's website is also not clear about where the cotton comes from or how it is processed.)

  • Find It: Amazon.com, $26.00 for a roll of 25 napkins

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