Frustration is part of my daily life when trying to find eco-friendly, free trade and organic product in my area. I want to buy smarter but sometimes, that is not even possible.
The big problem in living in a northern city based on wood and aluminium enormous industries are the lack of «eco» stores. We have some healthy little grocery shops but for clothes and cleaning supplies, almost nothing. I don’t know anyone who compost or buy organic fruits.
Lately, I organized a party at my home for my father-in law’s birthday. One comment I got was that we didn’t have any paper towel or cloth napkin. My boyfriend and I don’t really use them. Paper towel are out of the question for me; they are wasteful and pricey.
I went in search of cloth napkin. I thought I was looking for something common but my shopping proved me wrong. ( The same thing happened when I looked for a tablecloth in February)
The stores in my area only had polyester napkin… I HATE polyester, the texture is horrible and it washes badly. So I looked online for 100% organic cotton napkin. After many, many hours, I did not find ANYTHING. My usual Canadian eco-friendly online stores only had tablecloth and bath towel, no cloth napkins.
So I gave up, telling myself that even if they weren’t organic cotton, cloth napkin were better than paper towel. I ordered 10 cloth napkins on Simons.com.
I waited ( the shipping is really fast usually) and 5 days after received an email telling me that my order was cancelled due to a shortage of the towel I wanted.. My patience was gone at that point.
A week later, I did some more web search. After 3 hours, I found a shop on Etsy with organic cotton unpaper towel. My problem with Etsy is that you can never be sure that the things you buy are really eco-friendly. They are no guarantees or certification.
Still, I ordered 12 unpaper towels and a set of 4 flannel ones for kids. I got them after two weeks but I sill couldn’t try them. The instructions specify that you have to wash them a couple of time in warm water for them to become soft and absorbable. The problem was: I don’t wash in hot water. I made an exception and made the smallest wash I could do in hot water. It wasn’t enough to puff them so I put them in a bucket and poured hot water on them and let them sit for an hour.
I repeated the process 4 times.
I’m pretty happy with my purchase. Maybe I’ll order more flannel ones for the kids because 4 is not a lot!