It has been one year since I began seriously aiming towards a reduced waste lifestyle. One of the first things I wanted to stop buying was kitchen paper. I went out and bought beautiful red and white striped linen napkins in the Industry Design Store on Drury Street (we also have a fabulous recycled wool blanket for our couch from here). I also now have real cloths for wiping up spills. I throw both in the wash regularly and we haven’t suffered in the absence of kitchen paper.
The only challenge I faced was that I used kitchen paper to put a protective layer of oil on my wok after each use to keep it from rusting. Now I have a designated wok oil cloth to do this and I store it in a particular place and wash it with soap and boiling water. Now I am well in the habit of using it and I don’t think twice about it. It only took a small change of routine and the creation of a space to put one cloth – Easy.
You might have a similar task that you think might be impossible to do without kitchen paper but really all it takes is a little thinking about how to organise an alternative. There is nothing that absolutely needs kitchen paper. One year on and it is one less thing on my shopping list and I’m richer for it in more ways than one.