We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Been MIA...again.  I guess you better get used to my randomness. 

Back on January 1 my family gave up these:

And these:

I know.  For a family who lives to eat and hates to clean up, giving up paper plates seemed like a crazy idea.  But we generate a lot of trash.  And it isn't all white.  That's a gene pool issue.  Anyway, paper plates aren't expensive.  We only used around 150 a month.  But it's 1350ish less we've used since January 1.   

I bought plastic divided plates on the dollar isle at the grocery store.  They look like this:

They aren't this pretty.  They are a lovely shade of green (like army) and navy blue.  2 plates for $1.  I initially bought 6.  It soon became evident that we needed more.  So I bought 6 more.  For $6, I got 12 plates.  We have an unfortunate accident with 1 or 2, but 9 almost 10 months into the experiment, we still have 10 plates. 

Why did I buy plastic divided plates?  Don't have I plates that we could use?  Why, yes, of course I have plates that we can use.  I have 14 place settings of Fiesta.  But it was one of those things....we didn't want to use them for things like pop tarts or toast.  And what if we were just having a sandwich? 

The paper napkins were a little more difficult to give up.  I do love napkins.  I usually need 3 or 4 during a meal.  I rarely go to a restaurant that I don't use several napkins.  I have been accused of having a napkin fetish.  My lunch bunch makes fun of me and my napkins.   We initially made some cloth napkins from material I had in my stash.  Frack made them on a snow day.  It didn't take long for us to figure out that we would need more napkins than I thought.  I don't launder towels everyday and that is where I thought the napkins should be laundered.  As luck would have it, my favorite kitchen store had cloth napkins on their 50% off table.  So I picked up about 20 napkins for about $20.  Works for me.  And now I really miss cloth napkins when I have to use paper.  Funny thing.

So far the experiment is working.  Saving some trash one piece at a time.  Just sayin'. 


Mrs. E said...

Great idea! I need to start using the cloth napkins. I use paper plates rarely, but napkins are another story. Just think if we all did this! I have a hunch your ancestors are smiling down on you!

Carpenter's said...

Good for you! We don't use paper plates and I have just ordered white cloth napkins. I sure hope this was a *bright* idea! :) I was thinking of the little ones and bleach??!! We will see...

Miss my fall walks around the block :(

Hays Family 5 said...

CC--I miss seeing your guys walking around the block! I bet they are huge and Lila is doing all kinds of 'new' things. Right now, we have 77,000 acorns in our yard--I bet you don't miss that!!

I think that if the napkins were cheap enough, then they can become rags when they are too stained for the table.

The one downside I can see with cloth napkins that are 100% cotton is that they really need to be ironed if I am having company.

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17