I was recently at a dinner party for 15 people, including four children under 10, in a lovely home near the beach, where the kitchen (well, the entire home) is small and the main course was local lobster. My friend is an amazing, laid-back-while-detail-oriented hostess, so it went swimmingly, but I was most impressed with the lack of paper towels in her house. We used cloth for everything: to wipe down the chairs we needed from the back yard, to clean off the extra table and counter space and serving platters, and for napkins. She does have a washer and dryer in the kitchen, which makes using cloth more convenient than it would be for me (my laundry is shared with others in my triple-decker apartment house and is three floors away and uses quarters), but in my efforts to be a responsible environmentalist I am failing when it comes to paper-towel use. What do you do?
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