I am slightly allergic to cats. I have three cats. This means I go through my fair share of tissues. Or I used to, until I switched to old fashioned cloth handkerchiefs.
I used to think fabric hankies were sort of gross (I mean, who wants to carry around a bunch of snot?) But after using them for a couple months now, I’m sold!
I got six organic, bamboo handkerchiefs. Who knew they made fabric out of bamboo? Not me. But it’s super soft and awesome.
It feels so much nicer on my nose to use a soft, organic fabric instead of tissues. It’s positively luxurious, I tell you. Not to mention the money I save on tissues!
So whether you’re working toward a zero-waste lifestyle or just love a classic style that happens to be eco-friendly, I highly recommend you give cloth handkerchiefs a try. I recommend them in either organic bamboo or cotton. Let’s take a look at both, shall we?
Organic Bamboo Handkerchiefs
These are the ones I bought. You can get them here from a cute little Etsy shop called Juniper Seed Mercantile, based out of Littleton, Colorado.
They’re made from organic, sustainably grown, undyed, soft bamboo fabric, blended with 10% organic cotton. The product description describes them as “buttery decadence,” I couldn’t describe them better myself.
Organic Cotton Handkerchiefs
These are the ones I almost bought and they’re made by The Organic Handkerchiefs Company, which might be the most niche/specific name for a business I’ve ever encountered. They’re a small family-run business in Florida.
These might be as good as the bamboo ones, but I haven’t personally used them. The reviewers seem to love them, however, and they have all kinds of crunchy bona fides, like GOTS certification, which stands for Global Organic Textile Standard.
Whatever material you choose, I do recommend going with organic handkerchiefs since they’re free from toxic chemicals, better for the environment, and softer on your skin.
I also got myself a cute little bag that I can keep them in (who doesn’t want an excuse to buy cute little bags on Etsy?)
It’s got an organic plastic lining on the inside and it fits perfectly in my purse. (If you do a search for “small wet bag” you’ll find a lot of options for these, too.)
Does anyone else use fabric handkerchiefs or am I totally old-fashioned? I kind of want to get them monogrammed just to be extra fancy. Maybe I can also start wearing a monocle. Tut-tut, cheerio!