Class Up Your Act with Cloth Napkins

Put down the paper towels. Fabric is far more earth-friendly.

C’mon, people. This is a no-brainer. Cloth napkins elevate every meal to special-occasion status, while also going easier on our imperiled planet than disposables. Our favorite fabric options are both machine-washable and timeless—which means you could still be using them 20 years from now.

Urban Villa Set of 12 Cotton Napkins

Urban Villa Set of 12 Cotton Napkins
Simple cotton napkins are durable and easy-to-clean.Amazon

These wrinkle-resistant cotton napkins are generously sized, at 20 x 20 inches, and available in nearly 30 different colors and classic prints, like stripes and checks. Even better, the price works out to around two bucks a pop.

Caldo Set of 4 Linen Dinner Napkins

Caldo Set of 4 Linen Dinner Napkins
Linen napkins bring a touch of texture to the table.Amazon

Linen napkins manage to feel simultaneously rustic and luxurious. Iron them if you wish, but no need—it’s more modern to leave the fabric slightly rumpled. These 20 x 20-inch versions come in beautifully muted shades of coral, mustard, slate, vintage blue, spruce, and grey, as well as go-with-anything white.

Utopia Set of 12 Blue-Striped Kitchen Towels

Utopia Set of 12 Blue-Striped Kitchen Towels
Long cotton kitchen towels are designed for versatility.Amazon

Why relegate something so chic to sinkside drying duty? Sure, Utopia’s ring-spun cotton kitchen towels are absorbent and fast-drying, but they’re also dripping with French country style. And at a little over a dollar each, these “napkins” are trés cheap, too.

Bumblebee Linens Set of 12 White Cocktail Napkins

Bumblebee Linens Set of 12 White Cocktail Napkins
These old-school cocktail napkins will never go out of style.Amazon

Give your cocktail-party game a major upgrade with these elegant little numbers. A hemstich detail distinguishes Bumblee’s 6 x 6-inch napkins, made of a pre-shrunk linen-cotton blend.