We’ve all been there, sitting down at a table in a restaurant only to find out later that the previous customers have left mountains of tissue paper on the table.
A horrifying sight not only for the waiters but also other customers in terms of sanitary issues at a place where most would want to enjoy their meal, it brings the question – do you really need that much tissue paper when having a meal?
On top of being hugely unpleasing to look at, it all comes down to two words – necessity and environment.
Do you really need that many?
What one would consider a “napkinholic”, a usual sight these days is to see people using up to 20 or even 30 pieces of tissue when eating, resulting in mountains of it that are contaminated with who knows what during this pandemic. The average person would go through an average amount of tissue paper, maybe three of four, but that seems to be rare these days.
The most basic of dining etiquette would involve being seated at a table and going through your meal without having to ask the waiter for more tissue every 10 minutes. If you’re lucky, you won’t leave a pile of used tissue on the dining table for the next customer and waiter to deal with as well; let’s face it nobody likes picking them up especially when someone else have been using them to blow their nose or wipe their mouths.
Even better? If you do in fact end up using more than you need, dispose of the used pieces of tissue yourself like how your mother used to tell you. Fold them up in a proper manner so that you don’t end up as that one person carrying a pile of used tissue paper across the room. Not only will you spare your trash from the waiter and next customer, but you will also maintain the much-needed cleanliness guidelines during a time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yes, it harms the environment
As humble as it may seem, tissue paper clearly has an impact on the environment. Imagine that, destruction of forests around the world in order for you to wipe your mouths or just to blow you nose; aside from the source of the material used for making tissues, some manufacturers also use dangerous and highly toxic bleaching processes; plus fragrances and other additives with dubious origins.
On top of that, it takes 0.26 litres to produce a 0.0023 kilogram tissue; to put it into larger perspective, 119,240,472 litres of water is needed to make 450,000,000 tissue used in just a day. This is all equivalent to 477 Olympic-sized swimming pools or daily water use for 315,000 to 393,750 people.
If you don’t need it, don’t use it. Some people might not like following this option, but bringing your own handkerchief means that you won’t have to ask for a piece of tissue paper or more from the waiter or those around the table!
Maybe it’s time we go green, but maybe it’s time to go decent instead for a change from mountains of tissue paper.