Reusable Napkins Worth Using Again & Again
One of the events we most look forward to in post-pandemic life is the return of the dinner party. Inviting our loved ones over, setting the table with gorgeous linens and platters reserved for special occasions, popping open a bottle of champagne or wine…there’s nothing quite like it!
If you’re hoping to add some cloth napkins to your table setting, consider these nine brands below. They use sustainable, natural, and reclaimed fabrics, and many are made in small batches by artisans. From linen napkin sets in striped patterns to reclaimed denim sets with monograms, you’re sure to find the napkins worth using for every meal.
For the most sustainable option, upcycle linens you already own and DIY a napkin set! Follow this HGTV Handmade video tutorial or this step-by-step guide from Back Road Bloom. (Then tag us @thegoodtrade so we can see your DIY come to life!)
1. Atelier Saucier
Ethics | Reclaimed & upcycled fabrics, ethically made in LA in small batches, gives back
Materials | Reclaimed linen, cotton, denim
Price | $66–$84 for set of four
Inspired by modern tablescape design, Atelier Saucier is a LA-based business bringing sustainability to the dinner table. For heirloom-quality cloth napkins, the team sources only reclaimed textiles and fabrics—like denim, linen, cotton, and chambray; and part of your order goes to support food insecurity organizations in southern California. From watercolor poppies to stripes, Atelier Saucier has it all, including custom options and monogramming.
2. Bed Threads
Ethics | OEKO-TEX certified & biodegradable linen, carbon-neutral, plastic-free packaging, gives back
Materials | French flax linen
Price | $50 for set of four
Bed Threads makes goods for the whole home, not just the bedroom! Its classic napkins are made with 100 percent OEKO-TEX French flax linen for a truly sustainable set. Choose from 11 gorgeously rich colors, including rust, oatmeal, turmeric, and lavender. Shipping is free to anywhere in the US, with a $40-$50 flat rate for international orders. Setting the table has never been (or looked!) so fun.
Ethics | Hand-dyed in LA, carbon-neutral shipping
Materials | Cotton
Price | $25–$45 for set of two or four
Apricot is a small woman-owned brand in the heart of Los Angeles, featuring the work of artist Anna Prewett. Inspired by California and Japanese cultures, these dreamy cloth napkins are hand-dyed with tie-dye watercolor designs for a one-of-a-kind set. We like that you can opt for two or four, especially for smaller households. All shipping is carbon-neutral, thanks to Etsy.
Ethics | Ethically block-printed in India, fair wages, organic & natural materials, traditional techniques, gives back
Materials | Organic cotton & natural dyes
Price | $48 for set of four
Ichcha is a New York-based brand run by three sisters; the team works with women artisans from rural areas in India for its block-printed napkins. The artisans set their own prices, and proceeds go towards learning Hindi and English, as well as regular medical checkups. We’re big fans of preserving traditional techniques like block printing, and we’re equally obsessed with these colorful patterns. Add the pop of color your table needs with Ichcha’s reusable napkins.
5. NOMA Collective
Ethics | Ethically made in India by artisans, sustainable materials, gives back, recycled packaging
Materials | French flax linen
Price | $35 for set of two
NOMA Collective’s linen napkins are available in four staple colors—purple rose, blush, navy, and off-white sandstone—and come in sets of two. These napkins have been carefully woven, dyed, and stone-washed in a village in southwest India, and the soft fringed edges add a textural touch to any table setting. NOMA prioritizes ethical production via artisan collectives, handmade goods, and sustainability, so even its recycled packaging is thoughtful.
Ethics | Ethically made in Lithuania & Oregon, green energy-powered, OEKO-TEX certified linen
Materials | Belgian linen
Price | $80 for set of four
MADRE’s cloth napkin sets are available in eight different color schemes, including two mixed sets we’ve got our eyes on. Whatever your preference, each napkin is crafted from sustainable linen and accented with a vibrant color around the edge. The linen is grown in Belgium, woven in a Lithuanian mill powered by green energy, then sewn in Oregon. Gorgeously designed and thoughtfully made.
7. Mosey Me
Ethics | Sustainable materials, ethically made in India in small batches
Materials | Cotton & linen
Price | $75 for set of four
For whimsical dinner napkins that steal the show, consider Mosey Me. These sets are designed in Melbourne using original hand-painted designs by artist Eliza O’Sullivan. They’re then brought to life in India, sewn in small batches for limited edition runs. We love that you can purchase matching goods outside of cloth napkins too, like aprons, mitts, tablecloths, and tea towels. Bring the look altogether and make this your one-stop shop for thoughtful linens.
8. Chan Luu
Ethics | Sustainable materials, artisan-made in India, fair labor
Materials | Cotton
Price | $45–$55 for set of four
Chan Luu has been a Vietnamese family-run business since 1996, offering artisan home goods. The UN has even recognized the eponymous founder herself for supporting fair labor practices. The brand’s fashion-forward collection of dinner napkins includes mod tiles, floral designs, plaid stripes, and simple stone-washed sets. They’re all ethically made in India and affordable enough that they won’t break the bank.
9. Piglet in Bed
Ethics | Sustainable materials, carbon-neutral, eco-friendly packaging
Materials | Linen
Price | $13 for one or $73 for set of six
Hailing from the UK (and now with a secondary location in Illinois), Piglet in Bed is all about being comfy and cozy—and its low-maintenance linens are a testament to just that. Meant to look lived in (or should we say on?), you can find neutral napkins for any tablescape. Choose from individual napkins or grab a discounted set of six in dove gravy, oatmeal, navy, or white.
Featured image from MADRE via Food52
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