Over the past few months I have become involved in a couple of zero-waste groups on Facebook.It is not a concept which is particularly new to me as I have been using resusable shopping bags for well over 20 years. I do not use plastic film or alfoil and generally take my own containers to buy most of my unpackaged groceries. Single use plastic is my main focus but zero-waste means different things to different people and there is always something new and exciting to learn.
Many in the group have bought or created their own ‘eating out’ kit. This has not been a priority for me as I take a packed lunch to work and have access to a kitchen. I do keep my own set of cutlery in the drawer of my desk.
However, I rethought how I could incorporate this idea when an Air BnB guest asked for a serviette (napkin) when she was making her breakfast in the kitchen. It occurred to me that I could do something similar to provide all of the utensils and napkin ready to use in one simple bundle.
I set to work with an existing placemat and some heavy cotton fabric which was once a bedspread but has been re-purposed for several uses.
I added a divided pocket to hold the cutlery, a fabric loop for the linen napkin and a tie to the back to secure the kit when it is rolled up.
Ready for dinner.
The linen napkin is one of several I made a few years ago from some spare fabric but had not used.
Here it is rolled up and ready for use. I will make a second one of these and add them to the facilities provided for our Air BnB guests. This way they will have everything at their fingertips and can easily use it at the dining table, outdoor table or breakfast bar.
If I was making one for taking out and about, I would probably consider making a small, cylindrical drawstring bag for it.