In this age of shameless marketing, people are more scrupulous as to claims of “greenness” or “eco-friendliness” on product packaging. As they should be! Transparency should be a quality all manufacturers should strive for. So why are HankyBooks good for the earth, you ask.
HankyBook is a reusable product, acting as a modern alternative to paper tissues. Those tissues of course come from trees, using up a large amount of water and chemicals in the process of making them. Most of the tissue paper used in this country is from virgin fiber, meaning it is not recycled but comes directly from trees cut down specifically to make them. Americans on average, go through about 50 pounds of tissue paper per person per year. About ten percent of that is made up of facial tissue.
Trees are a precious resource, not least because they act as nature’s own carbon storage. Transforming them to paper also uses a great deal of energy – all for something that is used once and then discarded. In fact, 80% of all products sold in the United States are used just one time and then thrown away.
The HankyBook seeks to counter this wastefulness at the core of our society by providing a reusable option you can keep using over and over again without creating waste.
HankyBooks are crafted from 100% certified organic cotton. This means no pesticides or insecticides are used in the growing of the cotton. Traditional cotton growing uses massive amounts of pesticide and insecticide – they are some of the most chemically treated crops in the world. Organic cotton production utilizes none of these harmful chemicals, for the well-being of the earth as well as the farmers growing it.
You can just feel the softness, can’t you?
Look for a forthcoming post explaining our process of making HankyBooks and the care that goes into insuring it’s all good for the Earth!
Once you’ve got your HankyBook, you want to make sure you get the most out of it. To help with that goal, here are 7 places you can keep your HankyBook for the best use…shoot back with your suggestions in the comments!
1) In Your Pocket or Purse
The HankyBook is very handy when you’re on the go – so carry it around in your pocket or your purse! The protective cover keeps your pockets clean and makes sure everything is sanitary – and the cool cover patterns may attract admiration rather than the grossed out looks a traditional handkerchief might.
2) In the Kitchen
“The kitchen?”, I hear you ask. Well, as you may have discovered by now, the HankyBook has a lot of uses. The absorbent pages will help pick up little spills or take off that steaming hot lid off the delicious soup you’ve just made. And of course, peeling onions tends to cause tearing, which clouds your vision a bit, and I for one am more comfortable seeing what I am doing when I work with a giant knife – wipe your eyes with your HankyBook…problem solved!
3) In the Car
Reading a book by author Michael Pollan recently, I was shocked to read that we now eat a fifth of our daily meals in the car! As sad as that is on some level, it is perhaps understandable for today’s busy city dweller.
Where we eat (and drink) tends to be prone to spills and messes. HankyBooks are good to have around when you spill your morning coffee on the dashboard or drop a ketchup-bleeding french fry on the passenger seat – no need to waste those disposable paper tissues they hand out everywhere.
4) On Your Desk
Most people spend their working days at a desk these days. If you’re like me and suffer from allergies, being indoors may not help very much and wiping the nose in specific seasons is a constant need. Keep your HankyBook at your desk and you won’t fill up your trash can everyday with disposable tissues. The colorful patterns will liven up your desk too and brighten up the work day.
5) Next to the Bed
When I’m sick, I blow my nose a lot. I used to get very frustrated at all the paper I was using – and the nasty “rednose” (as my wife calls it, not sure if that’s an official medical term at this point) is certainly familiar. The HankyBook never causes that, and it’s an effective replacement for paper tissues.
6) In Your Gym Bag
Going to work out? Take your HankyBook! If you keep one in your gym bag you won’t forget it. Keeping it with you while working out will reduce your reliance on those towels they have to wash in the hundreds every day – or at least, will reduce your need to wipe your nose on your sleeves as you exercise.
7) Under the Christmas Tree
Give a HankyBook as a present and you’ll make a friend for life! Getting someone to reduce their use of disposables in favor of a washable and reusable alternative will win you major karma points too, and the Earth will thank you. Make sure to wrap your present in newspaper or some other reclaimed wrapping.
Have better ideas? Let us know below the line!
“It’s 2016, why should I use a handkerchief?”
I hear this comment a lot. Many people point out their grandparents or parents used one, even that they grew up having to iron their parents hankies. But they fell out of favor. And fair enough, not everyone likes the idea.
But there most certainly is a place for handkerchiefs in the 21st century. Even more strongly, I think the HankyBook is just the right form for it.
The second half of the 20th century was a golden age for disposable goods. Mounds of waste built up in landfills. Our oceans filled with plastic and paper goods that were used once and then thrown away. Today, 80% of everything we buy is used once and then discarded, abandoned to an eternity of waste, occupying space with no purpose, poisoning land and water.
It doesn’t need to be that way.
We can choose not to cut down millions of trees every year for facial tissues. We can choose not to use thousands of tissues for our allergies and colds, buying case after case of mostly virgin fiber paper and throwing it away.
We can choose to abandon these wasteful ways and find ourselves in a culture than values sustainability over disposability, reusing over repurchasing, long term health over quick fixes, real solutions over hi-tech gambles.
Handkerchiefs fit into the conscious, sustainable way of life as naturally as composting, growing vegetables, and any other principle of the modern eco-friendly life. Our grandparents used them because they were a part of the culture, the way it was done. We can reclaim that part of our pasts and help the next generation live the right way, without wasting, without polluting, consciously and conveniently.
That’s why the handkerchief does belong to life, in 2016 and beyond.