Over 20 Illustrated Uses of the HankyBook

Over 20 Illustrated Uses of the HankyBook

The HankyBook is a stylish and multi-purpose set of hankies, presented in a uniquely charming book form. The lightweight “book” is the perfect travel companion. Store one in your back pocket, bag, or purse and you’re ready to clean up any mess in no time at all. A quick wash and your HankyBook is ready for another day’s work.

To try a HankyBook is to adopt one. Every day you’ll discover new ways for your hanky friend to make your life so much easier (and cleaner!)

Here are a few of the most common uses of the HankyBook.


Before you hit the mat, make sure you’ve got your lightweight HankyBook tucked into the waist of your stretch pants. You could even place it right next to your mat for easy access. A runny nose? Sweaty brow? No problem! HankyBook’s absorbent and ultra-soft cotton will wipe away distractions and keep you in a focused state of mind.


Bringing a precious bundle of cuteness into the world is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. But it will also require an incredible amount of work. Babies haven’t quite mastered the art of managing their bodily fluids. So welcome to drool-city, spit-up town, and messy eating village. It is a non-stop cleanup job. With HankyBook you don’t need to accumulate an army of tissues or always looking for a trashcan. You can make your life easier and save money in the long run.

Why not get up to 6 HankyBooks and then two of these stylish, reusable travel pouches. If you get them in different colors, then you can have one for used HankyBooks and another for clean. No more digging around in your bag, trying to find the least used tissue. Just an organized HankyBook strategy for moms to cope with their disorganization-causing bundles of joy. A HankyBook 3-pack will make the perfect baby shower gift for expecting moms.


There’s nothing worse than a cold that will not go away. It’s not just the runny nose; it’s the rawness caused by constantly blowing your nose on paper tissues. Tissues that are so easily left around will invariably spread germs to surfaces where the cold virus can remain for hours or even days. Nobody wants to spread their awful cold to loved ones, but that’s what often happens. Thanks to the HankyBook’s shape, with its protective outer cover, you can now keep the germs away from other surfaces. Not only that but its soft organic cotton is a welcome relief for the raw skin around your nose. Blow with confidence. Blow with comfort. Blow with HankyBook.


You’re on the treadmill. Your heart is pounding. Your blood is racing. But your forehead is perspiring, and it’s dripping into your eyes. Oh, and now your nose has also started running. Your workout is about to be interrupted.

That is unless you can reach into your waistband or pocket and pull out a HankyBook. A forehead wipe with one hanky, a nose blow with another, and now you’re back in full stride. HankyBook’s versatility really comes in handy with sportsmen and women of all ages. From wiping away blood after a collision on the courts to drying hands before a deadlift, to even wiping down sweat on gym equipment – HankyBook is what you need.


The best part of getting a new pair of glasses is that for one brief moment they are completely clear. Every day after that is a constant battle to keep your lenses free of dust and finger smudges. Keeping a cleaning cloth handy, specifically for sunglasses or prescription glasses, is less than ideal. You can try. Chances are you will lose it or always forget it behind. That’s why HankyBook, being a multi-purpose solution that you won’t lose, is the perfect solution. Its soft cotton material is ideal for giving lenses that pristine, first-day look.


It could be a story that pulls on the heart strings, or a stubborn table greeting a stubbed toe. You might have sensitive eyes, or you might just have a sensitive soul. But one thing is for certain; emotion will bubble up when it’s least expected. With a HanKybook by your side, you always have help to wipe away those tears.


It’s a hot summer’s day, and your ice-cream is melting all over your hand. It’s a lunch break at work and sauce has dripped onto your shoe. Food is messy, and there are times where you don’t have a napkin ready to clean up the mess. That’s why you should always have a HankyBook in your back pocket. It’s so useful for so many things we could have called it the HandyBook. Next time you have an unfortunate spill, a quick wipe with your HankyBook and you can get back to enjoying your delicious treat.


Laptops. Televisions. Computer screens. We love them so. But, apparently, not as much as dust loves them. Next time the light hits your screen in a way that reveals the true dusty horror, just whip out your HankyBook and thanks to its ultra-soft cotton, you can wipe away the dust without any concern about scratching delicate surfaces.


Hit the town with confidence knowing that your HankyBook will keep your makeup smearing in check. Lipstick and mascara like to spread into unwanted territory, especially when out dancing or when eating greasy foods. With a HankyBook conveniently tucked away in your small purse you can sharpen up the borders of your lipstick and clean up mascara that’s heading south (under eye). The HankyBook’s soft organic cotton and compact travel convenience are perfect for the job!


When the winter months arrive, it brings with it a chorus of sniffles. Sometimes it feels like your nose is running and it’s not. Normally it feels like it’s running and it is. That’s when you need to pull a HankyBook out of your pocket to blow and wipe away those winter blues.


For cyclists, it’s about being as streamlined as possible. Taking an extra bag with a towel, tissues, and all sorts of another paraphernalia is just not an option. The HankyBook’s versatility and lightweight form mean you can simply tuck it under your cycling shorts and hop on your bike. If the wind has your nose running or sweat is getting in your eye, simply slide out your trusty HankyBook, and in no time you’re ready to hit the open road again.


When going on a hike up the mountain or to the forest, you only want to take what is absolutely necessary. HankyBook is the lightweight solution that will save space in your backpack. Use it to blow your nose, hold a piping hot cup, or wipe sweat from your brow. If you respect nature, you don’t want to leave behind a trail of scrunched up tissue paper. Heck, if you respect nature you wouldn’t want to use throw-away tissues made from trees in the first place. HankyBook isn’t just normal friendly. It’s eco-friendly!


If you’re used to working in the garden, then you’re probably used to getting your hands dirty. Whether you want to clear off dirt so you can pull on gardening gloves, or merely want to avoid using your pants to clean your hands because there’s no other option; HankyBook is the perfect gardening companion.


A beverage coozy helps to insulate a cold bottle or can of your favorite drink. On a hot summer day, with no coozy in sight, your versatile HankyBook will comfortable wrap around your beverage. Now you can enjoy refreshing cool sips while others have to slurp warm liquid instead.


Only those with sensitive noses can truly know how annoying allergy season is. While others deeply breathe in the pollen floating with the breeze, those with an allergy are more like to sneeze. When it sets in it can be solid months of a runny nose and sneezing fits that come at the most inopportune moments. Instead of carrying around a shopping bag of tissues, just have a fresh HankyBook with you wherever you go. At a moments notice you can have your HankyBook out and ready to save the day. Best of all, you don’t have to chop down a whole forest to cover all the tissues that you’d need to make it through allergy season.

If you know someone that suffers from allergies, why not surprise them with a HankyBook? In their sneeziest moments there is nothing they’d appreciate more.


You have visitors coming over any minute, and you can’t find the duster. Have no fear, HankyBook is here. The versatile little helper is so soft that it will make a perfect impromptu dust remover for any surface. It will wipe off flat surfaces in an instant, exactly what you need when leading friends to an outside table that you forgot to wipe down.


There is nothing as precious as seeing your little one sucking his or her thumb while clutching their favorite blanky. We never thought of HankyBook as a blanky but apparently, there’s something that infants and younger children really love about it. Maybe it’s our patterns, or how smooth it is to the touch. Whatever the reason, we’ve been delighted to hear about this unexpected use of the HankyBook.


It is inevitable that in life we fall. When we get up, it’s a relief to have a HankyBook to use as a makeshift bandage, or to dab away blood from a knee scrape. It’s also perfect for bloody noses, which can occur from an accident or on their own. Whatever the cause, they can be embarrassing, awkward, and incredibly messy. If you’re in a (nose) pinch, let HankyBook absorb the damage and save the day.


You have some friends over for a get-together and there are more beverages than there are coasters. What are you going to do – hold onto your drink all day? No, just grab your HankyBook. Its flat shape will protect any surface, and the absorption of the HankyBook cotton is ideal for capturing any dripping condensation. The stylish designs and unique functionality may even make for a great conversation starter.


If your hands are perspiring or you’ve just washed them, and there’s no towel handy, reach for your companion HankyBook and get your palms dry in seconds. Next time nerves strike, and you have to shake hands, HankyBook could help you avoid a squishy handshake faux pas that you’ll never live down.


Hitting the slopes for a skiing vacation is a luxury that all should appreciate. What you should not appreciate is the mess of fluids that skiing through cold wind will create. From a distance, skiing looks elegant, but up close most faces are anything but. Drool, tears, and running noses are a natural part of the experience. That’s why a HankyBook in your back pocket is the perfect fix to keep your face dry and your enjoyment up.


We’ve covered a lot of practical uses for HankyBook, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. But we wanted to end on a point that is not so much pragmatic as it is meaningful.

The elegant HankyBook was made for people to enjoy and share with the loved ones in their lives. Whether it’s a husband adopting the gentlemanly characteristics of handkerchiefs of old as he wipes away a happy tear from his wife’s cheek, or a young woman who one day will look back at her old HankyBook as memories from childhood flood back. HankyBook is your dependable companion as the stories of life continue to unfold.

Tissues vs. Handkerchiefs – which is better for the environment?

We’ve already talked about how the HankyBook makes it easier than ever for you to keep the spread of germs in check. We’ve also shown how the elegant and functional HankyBook has over 20 common applications for everyday life, making it the most versatile choice around.

Today we’re going to look at something just as important – the sustainability of the HankyBook. The world is important to us all, and we feel that disposable tissues are not contributing to solutions for a greener world. In fact, they are doing the opposite.


The Issue With Tissues

Tissue paper is made from the timber pulp and while some of this timber is produced using renewable practices, with new trees replacing those that are cut down, much of it is not. Kimberly-Clark, the producers of Kleenex, eventually buckled to a Greenpeace campaign (called “Kleercut”) to get the company to reduce the amount of virgin forests (old forests that have been untouched until now, and which are the home to many endangered species) being cut down to produce tissue paper.

However, on their website, they still note that they source 30% of their fiber from the Atlantic Forest – a UNESCO World Heritage site that has seen 85% of its forest removed. The plant and animal diversity in this forest are among the greatest in the world, but their home is being decimated.

Next time you blow your nose and immediately throw your tissue in the trash, spare a thought for the orangutangs, pumas, and the thousands of other species that are being pushed to the edge of extinction.


Simply Unsustainable

The problem with the tissue goes far beyond that of production. Did you know that most tissues cannot be recycled? The additives to reinforce the tissues that are part of the manufacturing process make them not even able to be composted.

You feel an itch on your nose, grab a tissue and enjoy a satisfying sneeze. Then its in the trash. The years it took to make ends in just a few seconds. Scaled to the world’s populations and we’re creating mountains of tissue papers.

There are a few tissue brands that use recycled paper, but they are very rough on the skin and thus not popular at all.


Hanky Vs. Tissue

While the tissue is dominant in the modern culture, the handkerchief (or “hanky”) is experiencing a resurgence. The question still lingers as to which option is better for the environment. A deep analysis and comparison of the problem was conducted by Greenlifestylemag, using data from Duke University research on paper and Cambridge University research on textiles.

They compared a 1 g tissue with a 15 g hanky. If you think that makes no sense because hankies are reusable, don’t worry, they also factored in an estimate of 520 uses for the full lifespan. Marginally greater than the few seconds of life that a tissue has 😉

They studied the effects of water footprint, energy, and waste and determined that the hanky was easily the more sustainable option.


The Verdict

With the hanky being the obvious choice for those of us that want a more sustainable solution for sneezes and sniffles, we’re proud to say that the HankyBook, which has practical functions that will also reduce the use of paper towels, is even more environmentally-friendly than the normal hanky.

If you think that switching from tissue to HankyBook is going to be too hard, think again. In our experience, once someone tries the HankyBook for a few weeks they can’t imagine going back to disposable tissues.

See for yourself. You’ll find that the 100% organic cotton is soft to the touch, that the stitched pages and cover keep germs at bay, and that the stylish design makes it the perfect companion for everything from spill cleaning to nose blowing.

When you factor in the environmental footprint and how many forests are being lost to create tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper – it really becomes a choice of significance. Try your first HankyBook today, and in just a few days you will have kicked the tissue habit for good.

Tissues vs. Handkerchiefs – which is more hygienic? The answer may surprise you.

Tissues vs. Handkerchiefs – which is more hygienic? The answer may surprise you.

Historically, the handkerchief (hanky) was the charming companion for anyone urgently needing to wrangle a sneeze or blow a nose. In the mid-20th-century, disposable tissue paper became an alternative. Initially created to remove cold cream from women’s faces, the broader application of the tissue became evident when men started using their wives’ tissues to blow their noses.

Today there is no denying that the tissue has become the sneeze saver of choice for the masses. For many, the handkerchief is viewed as being old-fashioned. However, in recent years there has been a resurgence in retro trends. Beards are back, as are skinny ties, and the hanky business is experiencing a major uptick.

That’s trends for you. What was old-fashioned yesterday is now hip today.

Let’s talk about germs, baby.

Aside from being viewed as old-fashioned, the other big knock on the hanky is that it is unhygienic. At least when compared to a disposable tissue. But is there any truth to this widely held belief? Yes, and no.

To explain, let’s look at the examples that people think of.

The tissue is considered more hygienic because someone can blow their nose, contain the potentially germy parts inside the tissue and then throw it away. If they also wash their hands afterwards, then their risk of spreading germs to someone else is very remote.

Then there’s the hanky. People imagine reusing wet areas, touching wet parts with their hands, and then tossing it into their pocket or bag where the germs can easily spread to other items. That’s gross, right?

If the debate were just those two examples pitted against each other, the winner would easily be the tissue. But is that a fair comparison? Let’s look at another two examples.

Let’s get real

Disposing of tissues immediately is a nice thought but how often does that happen? People are busy. And trashcans are not always available. A more common example would be someone typing away at the keyboard, so enthralled with their work that they don’t want to get up to dispose of their tissues. So the tissue gets wadded up and put on the table.

It’s not hard to think of other real world examples. Someone is driving, or walking outside, or cycling, or taking an elevator. In many cases, a used tissue is going to end up in someone’s bag or pocket. Oh, and if you think hand cleaning is common in these instances, think again.

Now let’s return to the handkerchief. This time let’s imagine a hanky user that carries more than one at a time. Not only that but they fold it after use, presenting a new dry area each time. The hanky is also folded inwards before going into their pocket, so the germs remain trapped inside. When one hanky is used up, they pull out another one.

And when they get home their used hankies are added to the next wash, after which they are completely clean and hygienic once again. Just like a towel, or clothing, or underwear.

Now, which use case sounds more hygienic to you?

We’ve been asking the wrong question

It becomes clear that when talking about hygiene, it’s not so much the tool as it is how we use it. If you use tissues or a hanky properly, you’re going to be fine. Use them incorrectly, and it’s going to get a bit gross and potentially unhygienic.

The question is not “which product is more hygienic?” it is more like, “which habits are more hygienic?”

So the hanky’s unhygienic reputation is definitely overstated. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. The hanky has had a good run, but maybe it was time for an upgrade. Evolution. A page-turn. A HankyBook.

It’s a book. It’s a hanky. It’s a HankyBook.

The HankyBook is exactly what it sounds like. A hanky-sized book shape with a soft outer cover, inside of which are sewn individual “pages” made of ultra-soft, organic cotton. The HankyBook is more versatile and eye-catching than a normal hanky, making it handy for everything from sunglass cleaning to wiping up spilt drinks. It’s also much friendlier on the environment, especially compared to tissues.

But today we’re talking about hygiene, and that’s where the HandyBook really comes into its own. The multiple pages increase the dry real-estate for nose blowing while turning the page gives you a new dry surface to use.

You never have to worry again about touching germs because you only hold the outside cover, not the hanky pages inside. When the HankyBook is closed and slipped into your back pocket, the germs are completely locked in. Unable to spread to other surfaces. Not only that, when blowing your nose the thickness of the HankyBook prevents germs from spreading, something that happens quite often with a thin tissue.

The final verdict

When it comes to how to deal with your germs, the most important thing is not whether you use a hanky or tissues. It’s all about using good, hygienic habits to minimize the spread of germs. If you’ve never tried a hanky before, give it a chance. I bet you’ll be surprised.

Or better yet, if you really want to embrace cleanliness, try the versatile HankyBook. There is no better companion for sneezing fits and running noses.

Actually, there’s no better companion, period, as these 23 uses for the HankyBook clearly attest.

How HankyBooks Are Eco-Friendly

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!

Where to Keep Your HankyBook

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!

Why Use a Handkerchief and How to Dump Tissues

“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.


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