Felt Napkin Rings for Earth-Friendly Families

May 02, 2019

Felt Napkin Rings for Earth-Friendly Families

Think of the perfect place to jumpstart a family's sustainability journey and you'll likely come up with the dinner table. After all, food and the utensils we use to eat and clean up after ourselves can make or break a mission against waste. By incorporating felt napkin rings into the sustainability discussion, your family can be in the know about all things environmental (and do so without sacrificing style and organization, too).

A Stylish Start to the Sustainability Discussion

If you're hoping to move your family in the direction of reusing and reducing, napkin rings and the cloth napkins which they hold are a great place to start. And you don't have to get your napkin rings from department stores, where the styles are synonymous with big brands and the plastic used to make them dims the strides you're making toward ethical consumption. That's why felt napkin rings sourced from the fair trade industry are such a great solution to you and your family's sustainability needs.

At GGL, the wool felt we integrate into our artisan-made napkin ring production is entirely natural. This means no synthetic fibers are a part of the mix, putting you at ease with the materials you're bringing into your home.

Amidst it all, we maintain a range of colors and styles for our felt napkin rings. This is all so you don't have to break up your interior decor for a bit of low-waste effort.


Keep Your Home Hygienic with Felt Napkin Rings

With a house full of rambunctious children, it may seem like going for disposable goods in exchange for a day without cleaning is a worthwhile barter. However, using felt napkin rings is an ideal way to maintain organization and hygiene in the most fun of manners.

Choose a different color napkin ring for every family member (maybe GGL even has the lot of your family's favorite colors in stock). That way, when it comes time to sit down at the dinner table, each kid and parent alike will know just what cloth napkin to jump toward. This keeps arguments at bay and maintains hygiene effortlessly.


The Ease of Cleaning Felt Napkin Rings

Felt napkin rings only need to be washed by hand once a week, so why not make a group effort out of it? Have the family get together to craft a homemade biodegradable detergent so that the whole process can be as sustainable as possible. To make things easier for you, the folks at GGL have compiled a couple of our favorite biodegradable detergent recipes to jumpstart your journey toward a sustainable family.


Our Favorite Recipes for Cleaning Felt Napkin Rings

Eco Ivy Soap

  • Shred 2 ounces common or English ivy leaves and place them in a large pot with ½ tablespoon all-natural washing soda and 3 cups water.
  • Bring everything to a boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes while stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • You'll know your mixture is ready once it foams when stirred vigorously.
  • Strain out the leaves through a cheesecloth or sieve and place in a mason jar.

This ivy soap can be used for cleaning felt napkin rings as well as clothes and other fabrics! It's a great topical-use biodegradable detergent.

Borax-Free Powdered Soap

  • Combine 6 cups washing soda with three 5-ounce bars of finely grated all-natural coconut-oil soap in a food processor.
  • Blend until you've reached the consistency of a fine powder.
  • Wait until the powder settles before you remove the lid!
  • Place powder into a clean container.
  • Keep alongside lemon essential oil (a natural stain remover) and add a couple drops to the powder before each use.

Use this powdered soap for washing your felt napkin rings by hand, and take it to the laundry room when it's time to do a load!

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